The Courtly Duet

The Courtly Duet Facsimile Edition

Bologna (Italy) and Amberg (German) — Crowning Ceremonial: 1530 Chess Book: 1458

From public ceremonies to the relationships between liege lords and their vassals: this pair of manuscripts offers a precious glimpse into the lives of the European nobility at the end of the Middle Ages

  1. The Crowning Ceremonial of Emperor Charles V documents the imperial coronation of the powerful Hapsburg

  2. The Chess Book of Jacobus de Cessolis uses chess as an allegory for feudal relationships

  3. Both manuscripts are magnificently illuminated and housed in handsome leather bindings

The Courtly Duet

Chess Book: Cod. Pal. Lat. 961 Crowning Ceremonial: Cod. Borg. Lat. 420 Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, Vatican City State)
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Description
The Courtly Duet

This splendid double facsimile edition consists of a pair of manuscripts that give the modern reader a detailed look into the lives of the late medieval aristocracy, which are presented in a handsome wine-red leather box. The Crowning Ceremonial of Emperor Charles V gives insights into the public and ceremonial aspects of the lives of the nobility. Created in Italy in 1530, it documents the imperial coronation of Charles V by Pope Clement VII. The Chess Book of Jacobus de Cessolis uses the game of chess as an allegory for feudalism and the medieval society of estates and explains how the higher estates are always dependent on the lower estates but not necessarily vice versa. Originally written ca. 1330, this German manuscript was completed in 1458. Both manuscripts are bound in leather and generously furnished with artful miniatures, decorative initials, and other décor.

Codicology

Alternative Titles
Höfisches Duett
Size / Format
Crowning Ceremonial: 40 pages Chess Book: 138 pages / Crowning Ceremonial: 33.0 × 24.0 cm Chess Book: 20.3 × 14.7 cm
Origin
Italy
Date
Crowning Ceremonial: 1530 Chess Book: 1458
Illustrations
Crowning Ceremonial: Initials and full-page miniatures
Chess Book: 15 miniatures, 29 initials, and floral bordures
Content
Crowning Ceremonial: Texts and illumiations about the coronation ceremony in Bologna, on February 24, 1530
Chess Book: Treatise on the game of chess that is simultaneously an allegory for the medieval estate-based society
Artist / School
Previous Owners
Crowning Ceremonial: Pope Clemens VII
Chess Book: Bakkalaureus
Johann Pachmann

Available facsimile editions:
The Courtly Duet – Chess Book: Cod. Pal. Lat. 961
Crowning Ceremonial: Cod. Borg. Lat. 420 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, Vatican City State) Facsimile Edition
Belser Verlag – Stuttgart, 1989
Limited Edition: 888 copies
Facsimile Editions

#1 Höfisches Duett

Belser Verlag – Stuttgart, 1989
The Courtly Duet – Chess Book: Cod. Pal. Lat. 961
Crowning Ceremonial: Cod. Borg. Lat. 420 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, Vatican City State) Facsimile Edition
The Courtly Duet – Chess Book: Cod. Pal. Lat. 961 Crowning Ceremonial: Cod. Borg. Lat. 420 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, Vatican City State) Facsimile Edition Copyright Photos: Ziereis Facsimiles

Publisher: Belser Verlag – Stuttgart, 1989
Limited Edition: 888 copies
Binding: wine red gold embossed half leather case
Commentary: Crowning Ceremonial: 1 volume by Bernhard Schimmelpfennig and Giovanni Morello
Language: German
Chess Book: 1 volume by Chiara Frugoni, Giovanna Balbi, and Anezka Vidmanova
Language: German
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