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ALPHONSUS DE CARTAGENA, Bp. of Burgos. 1384-1456
Doctrinal instrucion de la arte de caualleria
Juan de Burgos, Burgos, 1497. "All that the noble needs to know can be found in the Doctrinal de los caualleros" (Fallows). FIRST ILLUSTRATED EDITION and second overall. THIS IS ONE OF THE EARLIEST PRINTED THEORETICAL TREATISES ON CHIVALRY, the first indigenous to the Iberian peninsula and the most influential there through the 16th century. Compiled in 1444, it served kings, queens, knights, jurists, clerics and military commanders IN CASTILLE, ARAGON AND THE NEW WORLD. Broadly, it advocates national political consolidation and the expulsion of Muslims from the Iberian peninsula - both achieved by Isabella and Ferdinand, in 1469 and in 1492, respectively. Indeed, she inherited her manuscript Doctrinal from her father Juan II, and it formed an integral part of her education. Specifically, the text codifies the knight's obligations, privileges, rewards and punishments. It criticizes jousts and sword tourneys as vainglory, records their elaborate scoring systems and proves these exercises solely the prerogative of the formal military orders, like the Order of the Band (its rules given in full). The Doctrinal also enumerates the customary compensation (erecha) for battle wounds, from 5 maravedís (transfixed limb) to 50 maravedís (severed thumb, precluding further use of edged weapons) to 150 maravedís (death). Juan de Burgos was the second, and first native, printer at Burgos. The two examples of this edition in the U.S. belonged to towering bibliophiles: Archer Huntington (Hispanic Society) and Lessing Rosenwald (Library of Congress). A nice copy (extreme outer edge of two le … [Click Below for Full Description]
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