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Weingarten Manuscript Facsimile Edition

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The Weingarten Manuscript is a collection of poems belonging to the late medieval German tradition of Minnesang, and a remarkable example of 14th-century South German book illustration.

Its 158 folios contain lyrics by thirty-one poets and twenty-five beautiful miniatures depicting Minnesänger, i.e. the poems' authors, clad in traditional long-sleeved garments, most of them shown in three-quarter profile.

According to the tradition of Minnesang (ancient German for "love song"), the relationship between the man and his beloved lady equals that between vassal and lord: his devotion to her is compared to a feudal contract. Modeled after poetic patterns from France, the Minnesang may be considered the German counterpart of the Old Occitan lyric poetry sung by troubadours.

The fashion of portraying the author seated in the act of writing his work dates back to classical antiquity and to the medieval illustrations of meditating Evangelists.

We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "Weingarten Manuscript": The Weingarten Manuscript facsimile edition, published by Mueller & Schindler, 1969

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The Weingarten Manuscript

Stuttgart or Simbach am Inn: Mueller & Schindler, 1969

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  • Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document, Weingarten Manuscript: 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 English title edition known as "Weingarten Manuscript" is a Phaidon Press limited edition, distributed in the  UK by Phaidon, and in North America by Frederick A. Praeger

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