Historia de la Passio de Nostre Senyor Deu Iesucrist

Historia de la Passio de Nostre Senyor Deu Iesucrist Facsimile Edition

Valencia (Spain) — January 11th, 1493

The transition from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance: 130 masterful woodcuts of the Passion by various 15th century Spanish artists

  1. A compilation of three works Valencian school of poetry on the Passion of Christ and the life of the Virgin

  2. Includes works by Joan Escriva, Bernat Fenollar, Jaume Gassul, Pere Martines, Joan Moreno, and Joan Rois de Corella

  3. Printed on January 11th, 1493 by Pedro Hagenbach and Leonardo Hutz at the behest of Jaime Vila

Historia de la Passio de Nostre Senyor Deu Iesucrist

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Historia de la Passio de Nostre Senyor Deu Iesucrist

This fascinating codex consists of three works concerning the Passion of Christ and the Life of the Virgin. The texts written in the Valencian language are elegantly printed and illustrated by 130 masterful woodcuts. They represent a fascinating sampling of poetry from the Valencian school as it transitioned away from purely feudal themes at the dawn of the Spanish Renaissance. Meanwhile, the codex itself belongs to the first generation of books printed in Spain during the late 15th century. The work thus marks a transitionary period from medieval to Renaissance in the history of Spanish literature and a milestone in the history of book printing.

Historia de la Passio de Nostre Senyor Deu Iesucrist

A marvelous collected volume concerning the Passion of Christ and the life of the Virgin Mary was published on January 11th, 1493 in the Valencian printing house of Pedro Hagenbach and Leonardo Hutz, who were likely of German origin. The incunabulum, a rare early printed book originating from before 1501, is a compilation of three works combined and printed at the behest of Jaime Vila. The fascinating specimen of the so-called Valencian school of poetry presents the transition between the medieval and Renaissance styles and includes works by Joan Escriva, Bernat Fenollar (1438-1516), Jaume Gassul, Pere Martines (d. 1463), Joan Moreno, and Joan Rois de Corella (1435-97). A total of 130 masterful woodcuts adorn the various Valencian texts, which are clearly printed in an elegant Gothic script. This is a truly splendid specimen of poetry marking a historic and tumultuous epoch!

A Relic of the Valencian Language

As a result of never having been recognized as an official language for a long time, to modern usage of Valencian is in decline, although efforts continue to be made to revive the use of this historic collection of dialects. Valencian has a mix of features from Ibero-Romance languages such as Catalan and Gallo-Romance languages like Occitan. These features vary by degree: some dialects can be categorized among the Western group of Catalan dialects while others can be grouped with the Occitano-Romance languages. Regardless of its technical classification, Valencian has been tremendously important for the development of the Spanish language and furthermore, the first books printed on the Iberian Peninsula were in Valencian and their distribution resulted in a sprinkling of Valencian in the other languages of Spain. Indeed, Valencian literature and poetry enjoyed a golden age during the Late Middle Ages and Renaissance and this fine codex is a splendid specimen of the flowering of art and technology that occurred in that time and place.

Codicology

Alternative Titles
Historia de la Passio de Nostre Senyor Deu Iesucrist. Contemplacio a Jesus crucifficat. Contemplacio a la Sacristissima Verge Maria tenint son fill Deu Jesus devallat de la Creu
Lo passi en cobles
Size / Format
180 pages / 21.0 × 14.5 cm
Origin
Spain
Date
January 11th, 1493
Style
Illustrations
130 xylographic engravings
Artist / School

Available facsimile editions:
Historia de la Passio de Nostre Senyor Deu Iesucrist – Inc. 304 – Biblioteca General e Histórica de la Universidad (Valencia, Spain) Facsimile Edition
Vicent Garcia Editores – Valencia, 1996
Limited Edition: 3460 copies
Facsimile Editions

#1 Historia de la Passio de Nostre Senyor Deu Iesucrist

Vicent Garcia Editores – Valencia, 1996

Publisher: Vicent Garcia Editores – Valencia, 1996
Limited Edition: 3460 copies
Binding: Parchment binding on wooden board; presented in a cloth-lined case with gold engraved leather spine
Commentary: Poem with religious content
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.
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