Madrid, Biblioteca Nacional de España, Inc. 1148

Meditationes Facsimile Edition

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It is more than well known that in the history of the introduction of printing in Italy, the Spanish cardinal Juan de Torquemada played an essential part, who was the commendatory abbot of the Monastery of Subiaco.

The printing house of the two Italian prototypographers, the Germans Sweymheim and Pannartz, had been active since 1464, printing texts by Cicerone, Lactantius, Saint Augustin.

Their name also appears in the history of Roman printing and, without a doubt, not directly, in the history of the introduction of printing into Spain.

His Meditationes see the light in the Roman printing house of Ulrich Han on the 31st December 1467, using types with round gothic script, having left spaces blank for the illuminator to include the initials and exhibiting thirty-one prints which reproduce paintings (now lost) of the church of “Santa Maria sopra Minerva”. We have before us the first illustrated printed book from Italy.

Carlos Romero de Lecea has pointed out of this "not the most well known nor the most important work (of its author), but the most sought after by bibliophiles of all times", referring to this first edition which was a genuine best-seller in the XV century.

We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "Meditationes": Meditaciones facsimile edition, published by Vicent Garcia Editores, 1998

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Valencia: Vicent Garcia Editores, 1998

Meditationes, Madrid, Biblioteca Nacional de España, Inc. 1148, Facsimile edition by Vicent Garcia Editores
Facsimile edition by Vicent Garcia Editores
  • Limited Edition: 3160 copies
  • Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document, Meditationes: 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 V," includes a monograph by Isabel Moyano Andrés on the original document, and is sold separately.


Parchment on wooden board.

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