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Facsimile L'Ystoire du bon roi Alexandre. The Berlin Alexander novel. Manuscript 78 C 1 of the Kupferstichkabinett Preußischer Kulturbesitz Berlin. Facsimile and commentary volume in 2 volumes. With 100 miniatures, partly heightened with gold. Stuttgart, Müller and Schindler et al., 2002. 272 p. (commentary volume) 27 x 19.5 cm. Splendid original leather binding with blind embossing, gilt corner fleurons and clasps, gilt embossed spine, decorated standing edges and gilt edges as well as original linen binding with mounted lid label (commentary volume) in black original velvet box with mounted lid relief framed in gold. One of 998 numbered copies. - Cf. Zotter, Bibliography of facsimile manuscripts. - The plates partly heightened with gold and with numerous illustrations. - The commentary volume by Angelica Rieger. The impressive chivalric novel about Alexander the Great, probably written around 1290 in northern France, is considered to be the most translated, most widely distributed and most read book in world literature before the invention of letterpress printing. The "Berlin" Alexander novel is the most richly illustrated and artistically most valuable of the three related manuscripts, and is particularly captivating because of its lavish illustrations and lavish gold decoration. The illustrations are among the most beautiful miniatures created in 13th century Europe. - Impeccable condition. The Berlin Alexander novel. Manuscript 78 C 1 of the Kupferstichkabinett Preußischer Kulturbesitz Berlin. Facsimile and commentary volume in 2 volumes. With 100 with partly gold heightened miniatures. Stuttgart, Müller and Schindler and others, 2002. 272 pp. (Commentary volume) 27 x 19,5 cm. Splendid original leatherbound volume with blindstamp, valid corner fleurons and clasps, valid back, decorated standing edges and valid edges, and original linen binding with mounted lid label (commentary volume) in black original velvet b

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