Libro del Caballero Zifar, Codice de Paris. (Romance of the Knight Zifar).
Libro del Caballero Zifar, Codice de Paris. (Romance of the Knight Zifar).

Libro del Caballero Zifar, Codice de Paris. (Romance of the Knight Zifar).

Barcelona: Moleiro Editor S.A., 1996.

2 vols, folios. Facsimile volume containing 396 pp., 242 miniatures embellished with gold and silver. Brown leather with red leather backstrip, gilt lettering, leather slipcase, with some splitting along upper edge. Commentary volume - 332 p., text in Spanish, with full color illustrations throughout, burgundy cloth with white lettering and illustration to upper cover, color illustrated dust jacket.

§ First edition, limited to 987 numbered and authenticated copies. A stunning facsimile of the copy originally commissioned by Henry IV of Castile in the last quarter of the 15th century, now held at the Bibliothèque nationale de France. The story is a model for virtuous behavior and persistence, as Zifar overcomes obstacles on his journey to become king. Later, through Zifar's wisdom his son Roboan eventually becomes emperor. This is the earliest known chivalresque novel in Spanish, comparable and prior to Miguel Cervantes’ Don Quijote. Item #123690

Price: $1,500.00