I. Das Gebetbuch Karls V.: Vollständige Faksimile-Ausgabe im Originalformat des Codex Vindobonensis 1859 der Osterreichischen Nationalbibliothek. Kommentarband. II. Codex Vindobonensis 1859
by Von Liechtenstein, Heinrich Karl
Two volumes: I. 93 pp. commentary volume including scholarly text in German presenting a codicological description, history of the manuscript, and description of the miniatures and their iconography, notes, bibliography, 20 full-page black-and-white photographic reproductions; II. 254 leaf facsimile printed recto and verso, being a faithful reproduction of the early 16th century codex in brilliant colors, mimicking paper flaws in the original copy. Commentary vol. 12mo., facsimile vol. tall 16mo. Commentary vol. orig. printed wrpps., facsimile vol. velvet-covered boards, raised spine, housed together in custom case. Graz (Akademische Druck) 1976. Codex Vindobonensis 1859 is also known as the Elder Prayer Book of Emperor Charles V. Around the year 1516, when Charles was king of Spain and before his coronation as Holy Roman Emperor, he was given this prayer book. While the 76 miniatures and decorative calendar pages are quite beautiful, the anonymous artist shied away from making them too overly opulent, so as not to distract the King from his devotions. Creation of this type of prayer book was dwindling by the second quarter of the 16th century, and this codex marks one of the final great examples in a long-running tradition. (Inventory #: 48228)
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