13th Century

Tristan und Isolde

Tristan und Isolde: Faksimile-Ausgabe des Cgm 51 der Bayerischen Staatsbibliothek, München.  Stuttgart : Müller und Schindler, c1979. 2v. 
PT1525 .A1 1979 Special Collections

The fame of the manuscript, which was probably made in the mid 13th century, results not only from the fact that it is the earliest surviving document on the Tristan theme, but also from the remarkably delicate miniatures that illustrate the captivating text. Countless single scenes adorn the 30 pages of this major work from the Stauffer period in tapestry-like picture strips. Delicate figures with softly curled hair, clad in the contemporary fashion, gesture with impressive movements against strongly contrasting coloured backgrounds. The facsimile edition seen here is of the manuscript Cgm 51, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich. It includes 218 pages in the original format of 24 x 17 cm and 30 miniature pages including over 100 single scenes.

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