Beautiful and interesting facsimile edition made in 1997 in Madrid of the first part of the original copy preserved in the National Library of Spain (Ms. Vit. 25-7) of the Speculum Humanae Salvationis (Mirror of the Salvation of Humanity).
Numbered, certified and limited edition of 1,000 venal copies.
Facsimile bound in dry-carved suede leather. Format 27.50 x 37 cm. 88 pages.
Study book in Dutch with suede spine, with study, transcription of the Latin text and translation into Spanish. Format 27.50 x 37 cm. 312 pages. Studies and comments by Teresa Pérez Higuera and Albert Guillem Hauf i Valls; transcription of the Latin text and Spanish version by Agustín Santiago Luque.
Both books retain the original plastic dust jacket and are presented in an exclusive open-type box-case, the edges are lined in leather and the rest in water paper on the outside and lined on the inside. Format 28 x 37.80 x 5.80 cm.
The “Speculum Humanae Salvationis” or Mirror of the Salvation of Humanity, was, without a doubt, the most successful text of the late Middle Ages. This anonymous illustrated work dealt, like its direct competitor (the “Pauperum Bible”), on popular theology. This genre of literature concentrated on the medieval theory of typology, according to which the events of the Old Testament foreshadowed, or predicted, the events of the New Testament.
Keep in mind that in the Middle Ages many people, including nobles, could not read, so they needed to learn Christian doctrine through images.
Of the various manuscript copies that have survived to this day, the Vitr / 25/7 of the BNE is undoubtedly the most beautiful and luxurious of all. Made in Innsbruck in 1432, according to the codex, it is decorated with miniatures from the German school, with a certain Italian influence, that cover the upper part of each page. The scenes depict passages from the Old and New Testaments richly illuminated with gold. Without a doubt, its production was destined for a luxury market.
Complete copy and in perfect condition.
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