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The Twelve Works of Hercules Facsimile Edition

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Tipical Spanish incunabula, in which Antón de Centenera offers in his Zamora printing houses, in 1483, the first edition of the famous book of Enrique de Villena (1384-1434), which was first written in Catalan and translated by the very same author. As written by a medievalist, it is a medieval essay of mythological exegesis.

The author, who has gone down in literary history framed within a certain atmosphere of legend, offers us a work of symbolic character, using mythology for establishing moral rules.

His prose is typical of the era, using all the Latinizing resources which were fashionable at the time.

The illustrations are without doubt made by the Spanish artist, with the curious case that despite the "Works of Hercules" being twelve, there are only eleven reproductions in this incunabula and the battle of the centaurs is missing.

We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "The Twelve Works of Hercules": Los (Doce) Trabajos de Hercules facsimile edition, published by Vicent Garcia Editores, 1995

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Los (Doce) Trabajos de Hercules

Valencia: Vicent Garcia Editores, 1995

  • Limited Edition: 3160 copies
  • Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document, The Twelve Works of Hercules: 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.

This edition does not include an accompanying commentary volume. A book in Spanish, "Bibliofilia antigua III," includes a monograph on the original document by Vicente Escartí Soriano, and is sold separately.


Parchment on wooden board.

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