Madrid, Biblioteca Nacional de España, Inc. 1471

Obra a Llaors del Benaventurat lo Senyor Sent Cristofol Facsimile Edition

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Valencian incunabula from Pedro Trincher's printing house, from 1498, of which the only known copy in the world is kept in the Biblioteca Nacional de España.

Its history of ownership and usage is particularly rich and shows the interest it has  provoked among academics and bibliophiles when this Justa poética was held in Valencia in 1498, edited twenty years after the event.

Fifteen poets intervene in the Justa and only one anonymously.

This rich history of ownership mentioned above includes the names of bibliophiles such as Croft, White Knights, Herber's and Thorpe; from whom Salvá acquires the sought after copy, as it is documented in the Superlibros, and later forms part of the library of the Count of Benahavs, Ricardo Heredia and Livermore, whose ex libris appears on the back cover. The Biblioteca Nacional de España acquired it in Paris in 1891 in its famous Parisian auction.

Its front page is constructed with a xylographic block which includes the title in white, on a black background, and below it shows a medal with the Virgin of Montserrat. Overleaf is the image of Saint Chistopher and at the end an image of Christ on the cross, both xylographic.

We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "Obra a Llaors del Benaventurat lo Senyor Sent Cristofol": Obra a Llaors del Benaventurat lo Senyor Sent Cristofol facsimile edition, published by Vicent Garcia Editores, 1997

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Obra a Llaors del Benaventurat lo Senyor Sent Cristofol

Valencia: Vicent Garcia Editores, 1997

  • Commentary (Spanish) by Calero, Francisco
  • Limited Edition: 3160 copies
  • Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document, Obra a Llaors del Benaventurat lo Senyor Sent Cristofol: 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.

This specimen is the first illustrated printed book from Italy; there are only four known copies on this first edition.


Parchment on wooden board.

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