Codex Escurialensis

Codex Escurialensis Facsimile Edition

Second half of the 15th century

A gift from the Bishop of Augsburg to King Philip II of Spain: a chronicle of humanity in 227 miniatures by Jörg Breu the Younger

  1. Jörg Breu the Younger (active 1510–47 in Augsburg) was a painter, miniaturist, and draftsman

  2. The Prince-Bishop of Augsburg, Otto Truchsess von Waldburg (1514–73), commissioned this work in honor of King Philip II of Spain

  3. It tells the story of mankind and the settlement of the continents from Noah to the mid-16th century

Codex Escurialensis

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Codex Escurialensis

In 1549, Otto Truchsess von Waldburg, Prince-Bishop of Augsburg (1514–73), dedicated this sublime manuscript to King Philip II of Spain (1527–98), who held it in especially high esteem. Today, the luxurious work is a coveted treasure of the Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial. Its text chronologically describes world history from Creation to the mid-16th century and also serves as a genealogy of the royal house of Austria, from which Philip II was descended. Humanity is described as beginning with Noah and his sons, who go on to populate parts of Africa, Asia, and Europe. The text regarding each territory takes into account their geographical, historical, und cultural details while always highlighting their relationship with the house of Augsburg. 227 miniatures from the hand of Jörg Breu the Younger (active 1510–47 in Augsburg) magnificently illuminate the manuscript.

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Alternative Titles
Historia heráldica y origen de la nobleza de los Austrias
Historia originis et successionis regnorum et imperiorum a Noe usque ad Carolum V ab Ottone cardinali et episcopo Augustanu
Date
Second half of the 15th century
Style

Available facsimile editions:
Codex Escurialensis – Ms 28-I-11 – Real Biblioteca del Monasterio (San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain) Facsimile Edition
Ediciones Grial – Valencia, 1996
Limited Edition: 980 copies
Facsimile Editions

#1 Historia heráldica y origen de la nobleza de los Austrias

Ediciones Grial – Valencia, 1996

Publisher: Ediciones Grial – Valencia, 1996
Limited Edition: 980 copies
Commentary: 1 volume by Francisco Garcia Quintero and Ana Frances Olmos
Language: Spanish
1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size) Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
Price Category: €€ (1,000€ - 3,000€)
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