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Astronomical Anthology for Wenceslas IV Facsimile Edition

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The Astronomical Anthology for Wenceslas IV is a luxuriously decorated manuscript produced in Prague after 1400 for the Bohemian king Wenceslas IV. The book's texts and seven highly detailed diagrams reflect the courtly interest in astrology at the end of the Middle Ages. Its fifty-five miniatures are expertly painted in the Prague "beautiful style" in a wide range of colors and illuminated with gold. Interestingly, the anthology's text columns are not arranged parallel to the gutter of the manuscript; instead, the book must be turned 90 degrees to read its contents and view its images.

We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "Astronomical Anthology for Wenceslas IV": Astronomisch-astrologischer Codex König Wenzels IV facsimile edition, published by Belser Verlag, 2018

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Manuscript book description compiled by Britt Boler Hunter.
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Astronomisch-astrologischer Codex König Wenzels IV

Zurich: Belser Verlag, 2018

  • Commentary (German) by Theisen, Maria
  • Limited Edition: 999 copies
  • Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document, Astronomical Anthology for Wenceslas IV: the facsimile attempts to replicate the look-and-feel and physical features of the original document; pages are trimmed according to the original format; the binding might not be consistent with the current document binding.

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