Medieval Housebook of Wolfegg Castle

Medieval Housebook of Wolfegg Castle

Probably Middle Rhine region (Germany) — Ca. 1470–1480

Medieval Housebook of Wolfegg Castle

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Description
Medieval Housebook of Wolfegg Castle

Created sometime between 1470 and 1480 by a team of authors, the so-called Housebook of Wolfegg Castle is a compendium designed for use in an aristocratic household, which is noteworthy for the lively, high quality imagery that fills the pages. These 47 miniatures, vignettes, and marginalia are particularly useful for their insights into everyday life in the Late Middle Ages. Most of them consists of colored pen drawings, while others are uncolored but masterfully shaded. The text of the manuscript is divided into 6 sections: memorization techniques; astrological descriptions of the planets; illustrations of a bathhouse, a castle with moat, a tournament including the joust, hunting scenes, and an "obscene love garden"; recipes ranging from cooking to pharmacology to dying fabrics; mining, metallurgy, and assessing gold coins; weapons, siege equipment, and other military technology.

Codicology

Alternative Titles
Mittelalterliches Hausbuch von Schloss Wolfegg
Mittelalterliches Hausbuch
Origin
Germany
Date
Ca. 1470–1480
Style
Illustrations
47 colored pen drawings
Previous Owners
Maximilian Willibald of Waldburg-Wolfegg

Available facsimile editions:
Prestel Verlag – Frankfurt, 1997
Facsimile Editions

#1 Das Mittelalterliche Hausbuch

Prestel Verlag – Frankfurt, 1997

Publisher: Prestel Verlag – Frankfurt, 1997
Commentary: 1 volume by Christoph, Graf zu Waldburg Wolfegg
Languages: English, German
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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