he 16th century manuscript by Steve Tamborino, drummer of John II of Aragon and Ferdinand the Catholic, was owned by Christoval de Torres and Agustin de Torres, and became part of the resources of the Colegio Mayor in Cuenca. In the early 19th century it went to the King of Spain´s library. From the Palacio de Oriente in Madrid it reached Salamanca in 1954. The heraldic value of this manuscript is very high as it is dependent on the work of Garcia Alonso de Torres, blazonary official of Ferdinand the Catholic.
The manuscript contains an historical summary of the Carolingian conquest, a brief treatise on heraldry, drawings of tabards, standards, crowns , fish, feathers and other heraldic figures, the tournament field, coats of arms and biblical blazons, from classical antiquity, medieval times...etc., Christian Kings.
The facsimile is available in a limited edition of 350 copies, numbered and notarially certified, and is accompanied by a study book. The book is 22 x 27.5 cm. in size and provides the most exhaustive knowledge of Spanish heraldry of the late 15th and early 16th centuries.
Mr Martin de Riquer (Barcelona 1914), author of the study book, is one of the most illustrious Spanish Romanic scholars. He was the first senior lecturer in History of Romanic Literature at Barcelona University. At present he is Honorary President of the Royal Academy of Letters of Barcelona and full member of the Royal Spanish Academy member of the Institut de France and doctor honoris causa of the Universities of La Sapienza (Rome) and Liege (Belgium). He was awarded the Principe de Asturias in 1997.
The study book contains:
The facsimile has been published in a limited edition of 350 copies world-wide.
A documentation kit containing 2 sample pages, in the original size, from the The Salamanca Armorial Facsimile Volume, plus an illustrated, 10 page information brochure, is available for $US75.