Willehalm – Wolfram von Eschenbach

Wolfram von Eschenbach’s later work

Written between 1215 and 1218 for the landgrave Hermann of Thuringia, Willehalm constitutes the significant later work of Wolfram, the greatest poet of the Staufer period. The small number of partly fragmentary single pages that remain were produced in 1260 and represent the oldest copy of Willehalm known to us.

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A painted manuscript unique in its own kind

What we have today, the torso alone, gives us an idea of the original beauty of this splendid, elegant manuscript: Coloured pen and ink drawings on every page accompany the scenes within the text, with figures and symbolism that convey the manuscript with a unique position among German court epic illumination.

Faithful facsimile plates including all eleven fragments of the manuscript known to us. Cgm 193, III of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich, and Hz 1104–1005 Capsula 1607, Graphische Sammlung des Germanischen Nationalmuseums, Nuremberg, produced around 1270. 52-page introduction text by Ulrich Montag and 20 facsimile plates, in the format 25x32cm. Limited to 950 numbered copies worldwide.

Documentary folder

An excellent example of Wolfram von Eschenbach’s poetry is given in our documentary folder containing 2 original facsimile leaves from Willehalm and Parsifal (facsimile edition out of print see p. 20) and a commentary text. Limited to 176 numbered copies.

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