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Tractatus de Fascinatione Facsimile Edition

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This is the famous Libro del Ojo, as it appears on the title page of the volume, by the physician to the Catholic Monarchs, Diego Álvarez Chanca of Seville, who accompanied Columbus on his second journey and was very briefly quoted by Nicolás Antonio.

This edition was unknown to Konrad Haebler and does not appear in the Gesamtkatalog der Wiegendrucke.

Particularly noteworthy are the ornamental borders at the start of the text which depict insects and other animals interwoven with stems and flowers.

We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "Tractatus de Fascinatione": Tractatus de Fascinatione facsimile edition, published by Vicent Garcia Editores, 1999

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Tractatus de Fascinatione

Valencia: Vicent Garcia Editores, 1999

  • Limited Edition: 3160 copies
  • Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document, Tractatus de Fascinatione: 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.

The facsimile, printed on specially made laid paper, is contained in a cloth-lined presentation case with gold engraved leather spine.

A Spanish essay about the original manuscript is included in the commentary volume "Bibliofilia Antigua VII", available separately.


Parchment on wooden board.

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