The desire of collectors for this masterwork is the reason why so many of its folios were excised from the codex and are now divided among the U.S.A. and Europe. The facsimile edition restores the manuscript to its original composition by incorporating all of its actual folios, the originals of which are conserved in the collections of the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge and the Boston Public Library. 32 miniatures, in addition to numerous initials illuminated in gold and silver by Bening. This manuscript is comprised of fifteen prayers referring to the fifteen Mysteries of the Virgin accompanied by the respective miniatures alluding to those prayers, exceptional for having been written in Spanish. The work was commissioned by the Queen of Castile, Joan the Mad, from the most prestigious Flemish painter and illuminator of the era, Simon Bening. Among his most famous clients were Emperor Charles V and Fernando, Prince of Portugal.

We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "Rosary of Joan the Mad": Rosario de Juana La Loca facsimile edition, published by Patrimonio Ediciones, 2004

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Rosario de Juana La Loca

Valencia: Patrimonio Ediciones, 2004

  • Commentary (English, German, Spanish)
  • Limited Edition: 999 copies
  • Full-size color reproduction of one or more portions of the original document, Rosary of Joan the Mad: 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.


Bound in red velvet with silver clasps.

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