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Current price : €4 503,00
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Location: Spain
Started: 2018-04-21 17:15:53
Ended: 2018-04-23 20:33:02
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FACSIMILE 47 (of 165)


Valencia, Vicent García Editores, S.A. and Ediciones Poniente, 1987. Original brown leather band stamped with the grill symbol from El Escorial, with blind embossing, gold embossed back half-tracks and brown leather strap with the same back design. With 150 gold colored, some want to urinate miniatures in the multi-layer color printing on 97 numbered glassine sheets and sheets, part 7 un-plain or with publishing signet, pressure note with numbering and publishing information. Commentary Volume = 393 pages by Luis Vázquez De Parga, Ana Domínguez Rodríguez, Ricardo Calvo, Mechthild Crombach and Manuel Gómez De Pablos. In Spanish. In Book cassette. 43,5 X 30,7 cm!!


Very good: Some slight defects in covers of Vol. 1. A set in excellent condition. The lot of this auction is unique, because it belongs to one of the 165 copies published (and numbered in red) intended for National Heritage (includes sheet of National Heritage, not included in the standard edition). The normal edition (2.000 copies) is numbered in blue. Another difference is the box containing the 2 volumes, better quality (weighs 1.5 Kg!!) and with a decorative strip (absent in the normal edition). FACSIMILE 47/165. LIBROS DEL AXEDREZ, DADOS ET TABLAS. Alfonso X El Sabio. Facsimile (in Latin) with notarial seal, issue 47 of 165 to National Heritage, together with the study and translation "LIBROS DEL AJEDREZ DADOS Y TABLAS". Copy sealed by notary for national heritage. Has been added to the national heritage sheet signed. Binding: goat skin tinted by hand.

In the auction 48 of Klittich, the initial price of a set of the normal edition of 2000 copies, was 2400 EUR!!!


FACSIMILE EDITION of the ms. (Manuscript) T.I.6 of the library of El Escorial (Madrid), carried out in collaboration with icent García Editores, S.A., (Valencia), Ediciones Poniente y Centro de Arte, S.A., (Madrid), and consists of two volumes: the first, with the faithful reproduction in full color (GOLF LEAF included) of the Codice alfonsi of the 13th century, composed of 97 numbered 7 sheets of parchment of 28.5 x 39.8 cm (a little off), Bound in embossed leather with the symbol of El Escorial from the grill and illustrated with 150 thumbnails, and the second, in the same format and four hundred pages, with studies on historical aspects - chess, artistic and critical of the manuscript, signed by Luis Vázquez de Parga, Ana Dominguez and Ricardo Calvo, respectively, but the annotated transcript of Its text, by Mechthild Crombach.




"This work in itself is an historic and artistic monument, which has been unedited for more than 700 years. Faced with the importance and complexity of this work, our editorial joined forces with the Patrimonio Nacional de España (Spanish National Heritage) and the prestigious editor Luis Arana in order to reproduce this work, whose codex may be found in the Escorial Monastery.


The Libro del axedrez dados et tablas (Book of chess, dices and tables), by Alfonso X the Wise, completed in 1283, a year before the death of the King, was carried out on parchment with a format of 28 x 40 cm. It is made up of 200 leaves (99 straight and turned exactly), written and illustrated in colour and with gold leaf, with a profusion of scenes. In total, due to there being some pages without illustration, there are 150 miniatures in a good state of conservation.

This edition is the first complete facsimile and colour edition, and is accompanied by a complementary volume in which historic, artistic and chess studies are featured, besides the complete transcription of the text, all this by prestigious professors and academics. This work appears as a monument of symbolic hermetic literature of the era, turned by means of game into the genuine transmitter of knowledge who travel from the far East and are lost bit by bit in each transmission.

Excellent and unique piece of work in its gender and in the history of chess, completed seven hundred years ago, it documentally introduces the game of chess into Europe and confers it the range corresponding to a game of kings and noble and intelligent people."




The Book of Chess, Dice and Board Games by Alfonso X the Wise from the year 1283 is counted among the most significant and beautiful treatises on board and dice games. The commissioner of the magnificently furnished manuscript was the Castilian King Alfonso X, who bore the epithet of the Wise. He has gone down in history as a patron of art and the sciences. His Book of Games, which is housed today in the Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo de el Escorial, is the most famous of the manuscripts commissioned by Alfonso. On barely 100 pages, it collects 150 miniatures, which visually clarify 64 chess problems and the rules of other board and dice games. The book is introduced with the philosophical-theological question regarding the influence of human fate. Yet at the same time, the Book of Games with its splendid miniatures is proof of the peaceful coexistence of Christians, Arabs, and Jews in 13th century Spain.


Game Scenarios in Magnificent Miniatures

In each case, two players sit to the left and right of the chessboard. Usually depicted against a luminous blue background, the games occur in various locations, e.g. in the tent of a Mongol, or in a splendid palace garden. Thus, various players such as kings, commoners, men and women, or people from various cultures and religions play peacefully with one another. Counselors often stand behind the players, whom they seek to influence. King Alfonso the Wise wanted to present, as was also recorded in the text, games for all groups of people, for women, old men, the solitary, and the captive. Additionally found in the Book of Games with its magnificent, colorful, and impressive miniatures were also representations of the craftsmen who made the games. 98 large format pages present a total of 150 miniatures, some even full-page.


The Wise King

The commissioner of the still famous manuscript was Alfonso X (1221-1284), named the Wise. He was King of Castile and Leon and the uncrowned anti-king of the Holy Roman Empire. Up to today, Alfonso the Wise – as his name indicates – is less known as a powerful ruler than as an important patron of art and science. He busied himself in the manner of a poet and scholar, especially in astronomy. He significantly influenced the Toledo school of translators and was active as a great patron. Alfonso X commissioned many significant and splendid manuscripts. The Book of Games is undoubtedly the most famous among them.


The Joy of the Game

At the beginning of the manuscript there are 64 chess problems. As the most noble and masterful game, the most room was made for chess. In the Book of Games, a total of 103 game tasks are debated, alongside chess other board and dice games such as Morris, backgammon, etc. The manuscript follows an arrangement in three groups of games, chess, dice games, and backgammon. At the end of the book, two interesting astrological games are presented.

The Book of Games is introduced with a philosophical-theological problem: with the question of whether man is responsible for his own destiny. In doing so, terms such as rationalism, pragmatism, or fatalism, are used, which also play an important role in games. In this way, the rules of the board games are conveyed to the reader along with hints to the game of life. Today the Book of Chess, Dice and Board Games by Alfonso X the Wise is considered to be “probably the most beautiful book concerning the cultural history of the game altogether”, the impressive miniatures whereof can still amaze beholders.


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Item weight 9020g

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