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

Speculum Humanae Salvationis Facsimile Edition

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Made in Innsbruck, Austria, around the year 1432, the Speculum Humanae Salvationis (Way to Human Salvation) ms.Vit.25-7 is the only manuscript of its kind currently preserved in Spain, and it boasts 264 examples of the best German miniature from the early 15th century.

For almost four centuries, the Speculum Humanae Salvationis was the most popular spiritual guide for Christians in most of Europe (it was even called liber laicorum, the lays' book). Thanks to its teachings, believers could find the way to spiritual salvation through the teachings of the Redeemer and the religious philosophers of ancient times, and proved especially important during long periods of political and religious conflicts and in the course of devastating epidemics.

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

We have 2 facsimiles of the manuscript "Speculum Humanae Salvationis":

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#1 Speculum Humanae Salvationis (Espejo de la Salvación de la Humanidad)

Salamanca: CM Editores, 2020

  • Commentary (English abstract, Spanish)
  • Limited Edition: 375 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 fols. 3v-37v of the original manuscript.

Binding

Leather binding with gold-tooling.

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#2 Speculum Humanae Salvationis

Madrid: Edilan, 1997-2000

  • Commentary (Spanish) by Pérez Higuera, Teresa; Hauf i Valls, Albert; Santiago Luque, Agustín
  • Limited Edition: 1.050 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 fols. 1-44 of the original document. 

Issued in a slipcase.

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