Madrid, Biblioteca Nacional de España, R/39638

Aurea Expositio Hymnorum una cum Textu Facsimile Edition

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The Sevillian (from Lebrija) Antonio de Nebrija gave special attention to prepare texts which were useful for the teaching of Latin. In this case, the chosen texts are a set of liturgics hymns.

The great grammar teacher wrote down: a table at the end lets us know that there are 85 hymns displayed.

There is, strangely, a metrical colophon at the end.

In this edition's case, the year, 1515, has been tried to be updated 'metrically', but the information concerning to the day and month end of the work, 1st of February, is kept from the previously used colophon in a previous edition in 1508. 

It was difficult to add that change and accidentally the edition was wrongly dated. Some of Jorge Coci's trademarks appear above the metrical colophon. 

The hymns text has been printed with bigger typescripts and the comment or note has been printed interlined with smaller typescripts.

At the side, as an apostille, the songs' titles are being displayed, its metric shape, the canonical time at which they are being sung, etc.

Some scenes of Christ accompany the text, made with xylographic prints with different results.

We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "Aurea Expositio Hymnorum una cum Textu": Aurea Expositio Hymnorum una cum Textu facsimile edition, published by Vicent Garcia Editores, 2004

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Aurea Expositio Hymnorum una cum Textu

Valencia: Vicent Garcia Editores, 2004

  • Limited Edition: 3160 copies
  • Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document, Aurea Expositio Hymnorum una cum Textu: 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.

The facsimile, printed on specially made laid paper, is contained in a cloth-lined presentation case with gold engraved leather spine.

A Spanish essay about the original manuscript R/39638 kept in the Biblioteca Nacional de España is included in the commentary volume "Bibliofilia Antigua XI", available separately.


Parchment on wooden board.

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