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Tournament Book of Kraichgau Knights Facsimile Edition

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Made around 1615, the Tournament Book of Kraichgau Knights is a picture book focused on a series of duels on horseback involving aristocrats from the Kraichgau region of southwestern Germany. The depicted tournaments appear among pages given over entirely to heraldry—the coats of arms of princes and knights. Modeled on printed books of heraldry and drawing directly from the tournament book of Georg Rüxner first published in 1530, it bristles with vibrant color that sets its sixty-three pages of images apart from its monochrome predecessors.

We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "Tournament Book of Kraichgau Knights": Turnierbuch aus der Kraichgauer Ritterschaft facsimile edition, published by Belser Verlag, 1983

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Manuscript book description compiled by Elizabeth C. Teviotdale.
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Turnierbuch aus der Kraichgauer Ritterschaft

Zurich: Belser Verlag, 1983

  • Commentary (German, Italian) by Kurras, Lotte
  • Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document, Tournament Book of Kraichgau Knights: 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.

Italian edition published by Jaca Book in 1983. Facsimile and commentary volume issued together in a protective slipcase.


Full leather binding with gold embossing.

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