Gottfried von Strasburg: Tristan and Isolde

Earliest surviving copy

The significance of this manuscript, which is thought to go back to the mid-13th century, is due to the fact that it is the earliest surviving copy of the epical story of Tristan and Isolde. Critics of this splendid masterpiece of Staufer poetry have said: “Gottfried developed the stylistic means to express ultimate splendour. The music of his sweetly flowing language is distinctive of the entire ambiance in this love song of ‘noble hearts‘”. (Gustav Ehrismann, 1927)

Painted pages filled with delicate miniatures

On a total of 30 pages countless individual scenes are arranged in tapestry-like picture strips. Delicately painted miniatures illustrate the captivating text. Fine-limbed figures with softly curled hair and clad in contemporary fashion act with expressive moving gestures before colourful grounds. Set in two columns, the text is written in a legible script, in spite of its small size, and broken up by coloured initials.

 

Faithful facsimile edition of the manuscript Cgm. 51 of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in Munich, produced around 1250 in Strasburg. 218 pages. Format: 17×24 cm. Limited to 950 numbered copies worldwide. Bordeaux red velvet binding with blind tooling. 146-page academic commentary volume by Ulrich Montag and Paul Gichtel.

Weight 2 kg

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