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Compost et Kalendrier des Bergères Facsimile Edition

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This incunabula from Paris, of which the only copy in Spain is the one reproduced in this facsimile, was the sixth discovered in the world (of which only three, together with this one, are intact).

This incunabula portrays King Preste Juan on its title page and closes with a title and a print more reminiscent of a title page than of an end page.

Of the numerous editions of the "Calendar of the Shepherds", this "Shepherdesses" edition is apparently the only dating from the first century of the printing press. This miscellany includes literary texts, moral or devout texts, and scientific texts.

This incunabula includes individual representations and illustrative cycles such as the one which illustrates the calendar (obviously inspired by those in the illuminated Books of Hours), that of the Treatise of the Sphere (which originated in the editions by Johannes de Sacrobosco) and in particular that of the Dance of Death (whose woodcut prints come from the Dance Macabre, printed in the same works in 1491-2).

A total of seventy prints making this volume a surprising and incredible journey through a curious land in which literature, science and morals converge.

We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "Compost et Kalendrier des Bergères": Compost et Kalendrier des Bergères facsimile edition, published by Vicent Garcia Editores, 1999

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Compost et Kalendrier des Bergères

Valencia: Vicent Garcia Editores, 1999

  • Limited Edition: 3160 copies
  • Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document, Compost et Kalendrier des Bergères: 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.

This edition does not include an accompanying commentary volume. A book in Spanish, "Bibliofilia antigua VI," includes a monograph by Manuel Sánchez Mariana on the original document and is sold separately.


Parchment on wooden board.

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