London, British Library, Add. MS 33733

Triumphs of Charles V Facsimile Edition

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The work of art of the Michelangelo of illuminated manuscripts

Commissioned by Philip II of Spain to Giulio Clovio, known to his contemporaries as the Michelangelo of illuminated manuscripts. Among his best known works are the Atlas of Charles V and the Farnese Book of Hours.

Charles V is commonly considered a great ruler, if for no other reason than that he could state that in his realm the sun never set. Twelve of his victories are the subject of a series of luxurious miniatures. The mighty deeds of Charles V exalted as political and military triumphs in the miniatures include events casting dark shadows on the emperor’s fame.

In December 1815 it was purchased from a Monsieur Trochon of the rue Caumartin in Paris by Samuel Woodburn, London; before 1817 it was sold to Thomas Grenville; after his death in 1846 it was received by the British Museum as part of the Grenville Library, 1847; transferred to the Department of Manuscripts of the British Library in 1890


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We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "Triumphs of Charles V": Triunfos de Carlos V (Gold series) facsimile edition, published by Patrimonio Ediciones, 2014

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Triunfos de Carlos V (Gold series)

Valencia: Patrimonio Ediciones, 2014

  • Commentary by König, Eberhard
  • Limited Edition: 500 copies
  • Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document, Triumphs of Charles V: 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.

Authentic 22.25 carat pure fine gold leaf and pergamenata paper. The illustrations for the Triumphs of Charles V are illuminated the way its creators meant it to be, by the liberal application of fine gold leaf on each and every one of its pages. It is accompanied by a notarized laboratory analysis confirming that 22.25 carat gold has been used throughout to faithfully recreate the splendor of the original.

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