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Libro de los siete sabios de Roma.

Jacobo Cromberger (Printer)

Origin: Seville, XVI c.
Biblioteca Nacional de España.

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Facsimile. Old Books. Collection of Incunabula and Old Books.

15 x 21,3 cm.
46+2 crd.
92+4 crd.
Ca. 1510.
31st December 2003.
Parchment on wooden board.
Presentation dust jacket cloth lined with gold engraved leather spine containing facsimile.
Numbered by notary and signed by the printer-publisher.
Specially made laid paper.
Optional: Study in Spanish: author yet to be determined. Included in
Bibliofilia Antigua X.
Text in Spanish. Gothic script in two font sizes. On the title page , a xylographic engraving illustrating a main character, speaking whilst sitting on a throne, surrounded by six seated characters; one whom is a woman. Meanwhile, a child is moving from side to side; separated by a mark and various signs. The typographical title appears below these. A whole set is inside an ornament formed by 8 parts. Engraved initials. Alongside the text, there are nine engravings (including one repeated) flanked by xylographical parts. Unnumbered sheets.

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This edition doesn't have typographical indications. The text, which was being read since medieval times, belongs to Sendebar occidental cycle, as it is well known, a very old collection of Indian stories and apologues, which must have been translated from Sanskrit to Persian, and from Persian to Arabic and to Hebrew. This way several varied text traditions were created. In the present edition, a version known as the Historia septem sapientum Romae, was probably written around 1330. The history of this typescript in Spain has its origins precisely in this edition at the start of the XVI century and prolongs until the XIX.

The stories retold by the seven wise men have as their objective to show us the lies, deceitfulness, astuteness and perversion of women. They are light at heart, but not in its form, which is grave and indoctrinating.

The text concludes by telling us: "Siete fueron in grecia los que sobre todos tuvieron excelencia en saber. Bias primense. Tales milesio. Solon de Atenas. Pitagoras militeno. Chilon lacedemonio. Periandro corintho. Cleobolo lidio. Los que estudiaron filosofia hasta el tiempo de Pitagoras fueron llamados sabios. E despues han sido dichos filosofos" (Seven were in Greece above all who were excellent… Those who studied philosophy until the time of Pythagoras were called wise. And later were called philosophers). And a Laus Deo: "A Dios sean dadas gracias" (God be thanked).


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