Madrid, Biblioteca Nacional de España, ms. Vit.25-7

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The Speculum Humanae Salvationis (Way to Human Salvation), written at the beginning of the 14th century by an author not yet identified, was the guide most frequently consulted by Christians from most Europe for almost 400 years (it was even called liber laicorum, the lays' book) to find the way to their spiritual salvation through the teachings of the Redeemer and the religious philosophers of ancient times, specially during the long periods of political, religious conflicts and the devastating epidemics.

Even if its scope was much more limited in the Iberian Peninsula as in Central Europe, it had a very powerful influence on the spiritualist literature and the sacred iconography until very recent times.

The Speculum Humanae Salvationis is the only codex of the treaty kept in Spain, in the ms.Vit.25-7 of the National Library of Madrid, dated of 1432 and illuminated with 264 examples of the best German miniature of that time, very rare in the archives of Spain.

We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "Speculum Humanae Salvationis": Speculum Humanae Salvationis facsimile edition, published by Edilan, 1997-2000

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Speculum Humanae Salvationis

Madrid: Edilan, 1997-2000

  • Commentary (Spanish) by Perez Higuera, Teresa; Hauf, Albert; Santiago Luque, Agustin
  • Limited Edition: 1050 copies
  • This is a partial facsimile of the original document, Speculum Humanae Salvationis: the facsimile might represent only a part, or doesn't attempt to replicate the format, or doesn't imitate the look-and-feel of the original document.

This facsimile edition reproduces only ff. 1-44 of the original document. 

Issued in a slipcase.

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