A print on behalf of the cardinal: the collection of songs for King Ferdinand by Ambrosio Montesino

Cancionero de diversas obras de nuevo trobadas

Toledo (Spain) — June 16th, 1508

Cancionero de diversas obras de nuevo trobadas

Cancionero de diversas obras de nuevo trobadas

Toledo (Spain) — June 16th, 1508

  1. This late medieval bestseller is a unique mixture of prayer texts and prose songs related to King Ferdinand of Spain (1503-1564)

  2. The Franciscan monk Ambrosio Montesino (1444-1514) attained worldwide fame for his unbelievable literary achievement

  3. This work was commissioned by Cardinal Francisco Jiménez de Cisneros (1436-1517), the Archbishop of Toledo

Cancionero de diversas obras de nuevo trobadas

Cancionero de diversas obras de nuevo trobadas – R/10945 – Biblioteca Nacional de España (Madrid, Spain)
Cancionero de diversas obras de nuevo trobadas – R/10945 – Biblioteca Nacional de España (Madrid, Spain)
Cancionero de diversas obras de nuevo trobadas – R/10945 – Biblioteca Nacional de España (Madrid, Spain)
Cancionero de diversas obras de nuevo trobadas – R/10945 – Biblioteca Nacional de España (Madrid, Spain)
Cancionero de diversas obras de nuevo trobadas – R/10945 – Biblioteca Nacional de España (Madrid, Spain)
Cancionero de diversas obras de nuevo trobadas – R/10945 – Biblioteca Nacional de España (Madrid, Spain)
Cancionero de diversas obras de nuevo trobadas – R/10945 – Biblioteca Nacional de España (Madrid, Spain)
Cancionero de diversas obras de nuevo trobadas – R/10945 – Biblioteca Nacional de España (Madrid, Spain)
Cancionero de diversas obras de nuevo trobadas – R/10945 – Biblioteca Nacional de España (Madrid, Spain)
Cancionero de diversas obras de nuevo trobadas – R/10945 – Biblioteca Nacional de España (Madrid, Spain)
Cancionero de diversas obras de nuevo trobadas – R/10945 – Biblioteca Nacional de España (Madrid, Spain)
Cancionero de diversas obras de nuevo trobadas – R/10945 – Biblioteca Nacional de España (Madrid, Spain)
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Short Description

The so-called Cancionero de diversas obras de nuevo trobadas is a unique mix of texts and songs for prayer and stories in prose. The work was given to the printer in 1508 and was a true bestseller at the end of the Middle Ages. Its author, the Franciscan monk Ambrosio Montesino, attained worldwide fame for his unbelievable literary achievement and is considered by literary historians to be the best prose-writer of his time.

Cancionero de diversas obras de nuevo trobadas

The famous author and translator Ambrosio Montesino composed one of the most beautiful and high-quality books of his entire career in the year 1508. It is the Songbook of Various Works by the New Troubadours, or so the title translates into English. The precious book represents a mix of song texts for prayer and meditation and is nonetheless furnished with fascinating stories in prose. A few high-quality printed graphic depictions, e.g. the fantastic title page of the codex, lends the early-modern document its very exceptional charm.

The Monk Ambrosio

The Spaniard Ambrosio Montesino was a cleric, poet, and translator of the Castilian Renaissance. He lived sometime between 1444 and 1514 and was already affiliated in his youth with the Order of Friars Minor – better known as the Franciscan Order - in Toledo. His love of the literature of his time induced him to write poetic texts and stories in prose himself. The well-read Isabella I of Castile was among his greatest patrons, she read all of Monk Ambrosio’s texts and encouraged his talent through her good advice. He finally achieved his breakthrough when he published his Cancionero in 1508. The unbelievably beloved work was continuously reproduced throughout the 16th century, it was a true best seller at the end of the Middle Ages. Ambrosio was identified by the famous Spanish literary historian Marcelino Menéndez y Pelayo as the best author of prose during his lifetime.

Spiritual Songs and Worldly Stories

The enchanting small book was completely written by Ambrosio Montesoni and translated into several languages. This work was commissioned by Cardinal Francisco Jiménez de Cisneros, the Archbishop of Toledo. In the edition of the work before us, every verse begins with an initial “for King Ferdinand Our Lord”. The author himself, who pipes us throughout the entire text, explains the document in the following way: “Our excellence asked me to compile all the studies of the mysteries of our faith, and I decided to unite devotional hymns and tales from the past and present and now, since I have had a break from my activities as a priest, I have made this work according to his wishes. I have written down everything therein and given it over to the printer, which helps to serve you and our God…”

Codicology

Size / Format
156 pages / 20.8 x 14.5 cm
Date
June 16th, 1508
Language
Illustrations
Xylographic archbishop shield, illustrating the imposition of the chasuble to Saint Ildefonso, by the Virgin Mary. On the shield, inside a xylographic frame, an illustration of the representation of the stigmatization of Saint Francis; at the end a royal shield. Engraved initials
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1 available facsimile edition(s) of „Cancionero de diversas obras de nuevo trobadas“

Cancionero de diversas obras de nuevo trobadas
Cancionero de diversas obras de nuevo trobadas – R/10945 – Biblioteca Nacional de España (Madrid, Spain)
Cancionero de diversas obras de nuevo trobadas – R/10945 – Biblioteca Nacional de España (Madrid, Spain)
Cancionero de diversas obras de nuevo trobadas – R/10945 – Biblioteca Nacional de España (Madrid, Spain)
Cancionero de diversas obras de nuevo trobadas – R/10945 – Biblioteca Nacional de España (Madrid, Spain)
Cancionero de diversas obras de nuevo trobadas – R/10945 – Biblioteca Nacional de España (Madrid, Spain)
Cancionero de diversas obras de nuevo trobadas – R/10945 – Biblioteca Nacional de España (Madrid, Spain)
Cancionero de diversas obras de nuevo trobadas – R/10945 – Biblioteca Nacional de España (Madrid, Spain)
Cancionero de diversas obras de nuevo trobadas – R/10945 – Biblioteca Nacional de España (Madrid, Spain)
Cancionero de diversas obras de nuevo trobadas – R/10945 – Biblioteca Nacional de España (Madrid, Spain)
Cancionero de diversas obras de nuevo trobadas – R/10945 – Biblioteca Nacional de España (Madrid, Spain)
Cancionero de diversas obras de nuevo trobadas – R/10945 – Biblioteca Nacional de España (Madrid, Spain)
Cancionero de diversas obras de nuevo trobadas – R/10945 – Biblioteca Nacional de España (Madrid, Spain)
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Cancionero de diversas obras de nuevo trobadas

1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size)
Publisher
Vicent Garcia Editores – Valencia, 2002
Limited Edition
3000 copies
Binding
Parchment on wooden board. Presentation dust jacket cloth lined with gold engraved leather spine containing facsimile.
Commentary
1 volume
Language: Spanish
More Information
Numbered by notary and signed by the printer-publisher. Specially made laid paper. Numbering II LXXIR. Text in Spanish. Gothic script in two font sizes. Xylographic archbishop shield, illustrating the imposition of the chasuble to Saint Ildefonso, by the Virgin Mary. On the shield, inside a xylographic frame, an illustration of the representation of the stigmatization of Saint Francis; at the end a royal shield. Engraved initials.
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