Paris and Viana

Paris and Viana

A precious artifact from the beginning of Spanish literature: the only surviving copy of an erotic romance set against the background of the Crusades

  1. This erotic-chivalric novel was written by an anonymous Catalan, it is a rare early specimen of Spanish literature

  2. This precious codex was published ca. 1497 in the Barcelona print shop of Diego de Gumiel (active 1494–1517)

  3. The 60-page text, printed in Gothic script, is adorned by floral initials and full-page woodcuts in red and gold ink

Paris and Viana

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Paris and Viana

The only surviving copy of a romance set against the backdrop of the Crusades: Diego de Gumiel’s Paris and Viana is a precious artifact from the dawn of Spain’s literary tradition.

Paris and Viana

This erotic-chivalric novel was written by an anonymous Catalan and published ca. 1497 in the Barcelona print shop of Diego de Gumiel (active 1494–1517). Originally titled Historia delas amors e vida del cavaller Paris e de Viana filla del dalfi de França, it takes the form of a simple fable of constant and persecuted love set in the familiar context of the Crusades and forced captivity in Palestine. The only surviving copy of the incunabulum, an early printed book predating 1501, is housed in the Biblioteca de Catalunya. The 60-page text, printed in Gothic script, is adorned by floral initials and full-page woodcuts colored with red and gold ink. The work is hardbound with gold engraved leather on the spine and is a beautiful and rare artifact of Spain’s burgeoning literary tradition.

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Alternative Titles
Paris und Viana
Historia delas Amors e Vida del Cavaller Paris e de Viana Filla del Dalfi de França

Available facsimile editions:
Paris and Viana – 10-V-38 – Biblioteca Nacional de Catalunya (Barcelona, Spain)
Vicent Garcia Editores – Valencia, 1997
Limited Edition: 3160 copies
Facsimile Editions

#1 Historia delas Amors e Vida del Cavaller Paris e de Viana Filla del Dalfi de França

Vicent Garcia Editores – Valencia, 1997

Publisher: Vicent Garcia Editores – Valencia, 1997
Limited Edition: 3160 copies
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: € (under 1,000€)
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