Gospel Book of Charles II of Orléans

Madrid, Biblioteca Nacional de España, MS Res. 51


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Gospel Book of Charles II of Orléans

Madrid, Biblioteca Nacional de España, MS Res. 51

ALTERNATIVE TITLES – Gospel Book of Charles II of Orléans, Duke of Angoulême – Evangeliario del Duque Carlos de Angulema.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION – Codex on parchment, dimensions 230 x 160 mm, 168 folios (366 pages).
ORIGIN – France.
DATING – Middle of the 16th century.
PATRONAGE AND OWNERS – The manuscript was commissioned by Francis I of France (b. 1494, d. 1547) and Queen consort Claude of France (b. 1499, d. 1524). The recipient was their third-born son, Charles II of Orléans (b. 1522, d. 1545). Some scholars speculate that the codex was intended for his brother Henry II (b. 1519, d. 1559), the future successor of Francis I on the French throne.
PRESENT REPOSITORY – The codex is preserved at the Biblioteca Nacional de España in Madrid, with the shelfmark MS Res. 51.
GENRE – Christianity, Bibles / Gospels, Liturgical books.
SCRIPT – Humanist minuscule.
DECORATION – The rich decorative apparatus includes 20 full-page miniatures and 123 vignettes.
STYLE – Renaissance.

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Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document – The facsimile reproduces as close as possible the physical characteristics of the original document, with the aim to substitute it in the scientific research and in the libraries of the bibliophile collectors. Trimming and composition of the leaves reproduce the profile and structure of the original document. The binding might not correspond to that of the original document as it appears at the present moment.
PublisherCM Editores (Salamanca, 2012).
Limited edition – The print run includes 25 copies in Roman numeration (intended for legal deposit or reserved for the Biblioteca Nacional de España and the Publisher), and 375 copies in Arabic numeration (intended for commercialisation).
Certificate of authenticity – The certificate of authenticity with the copy number is attached to the colophon of the facsimile.
Binding – Red leather cover with gold decorations on the boards and spine.
Commentary – Commentary volume by Josefina Planas, Professor of Medieval Art History at the Universitat de Lleida.
Slipcase – The facsimile is housed in a book-shaped slipcase that replicates the exterior features of the facsimile cover.
ISBN – 978-84-936312-8-4.

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