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Compost et kalendrier des bergères.

Guy Marchant (Printer)

Origin: Paris, XV c.
Biblioteca de la Facultad de Medicina de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

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Facsimile. Incunabula. Collection of Incunabula and Old Books.
19 x 28,5 cm.
69+3 crd.
138+6 crd.
17th August 1499.
18th Marh 1999.
Parchment on wooden board.
Presentation dust jacket cloth lined with gold engraved leather spine containing facsimile.
Numbered by notary and signed by the printer-publisher.
Specially made laid paper.
Optional: Study in Spanish written by Manuel Sánchez Mariana (Head of the Historical Collection at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid). Included in
Bibliofilia Antigua VI.
70 woodcut prints.

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This incunabula from Paris, of which the only copy in Spain is the one reproduced in this facsimile, was the sixth discovered in the world (of which only three, together with this one, are intact).

This incunabula portrays King Preste Juan on its title page and closes with a title and a print more reminiscent of a title page than of an end page.

Of the numerous editions of the Calendar of the shepherds, this "Shepherdesses" edition is apparently the only dating from the first century of the printing press. This miscellany includes literary texts, moral or devout texts, and scientific texts.

The incunabula includes individual representations and illustrative cycles such as the one which illustrates the calendar (obviously inspired by those in the illuminated Books of Hours), that of the Treatise of the Sphere (which originated in the editions by Johannes de Sacrobosco) and in particular that of the Dance of Death (whose woodcut prints come from the Dance Macabre, printed in the same works in 1491-2). A total of seventy prints making this volume a surprising and incredible journey through a curious land in which literature, science and morals converge.


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AC History of art / art & design styles
ACN History of art & design styles: c 1400 to c 1600
ACND Renaissance art
AFF Drawing & drawings
AFH Prints & printmaking
AFJ Other graphic art forms
AFT Decorative arts
DNF Literary essays
DSBB Literary studies: classical, early & medieval
HBJD European history
HBLC Early history: c 500 to c 1450/1500
HBLC1 Medieval history
HRAM3 Religion & science
HRAX History of religion
HRC Christianity
JFCA Popular culture
JHMC Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography
PDX History of science
PST Botany & plant sciences
RBP Meteorology & climatology
TVB Agricultural science
VXFA Astrology
VXFA1 Star signs & horoscopes
WCS Antiques & collectables: books, manuscripts, ephemera & printed matter
WNX Popular astronomy & space

1D Europe
1DDF France
1DSE Spain
1DSEM Madrid, Autonomous Community
2ADF French
3H c 1000 CE to c 1500