"Treasures" of the Complutense Historical Library, his most important works

The website of the Historical Library of the Complutense University of Madrid, has published the section “Treasures”, Where the 31 most important works that he has in his library are found.

¿How they have been chosen? Taking into account its rarity, especially in the manuscripts, as well as its originality, antiquity and origin.

This short collection contains:

  • 3 recorded books
  • 3 ancient atlases
  • 7 manuscripts
  • 5 incunabula

In the portal it is commented that the printing press of the 16th and 17th centuries has "an exceptional wealth in the Historical Library and, if selection was difficult in the collections of manuscripts and incunabula, it has been more so”.

«We wanted to start with the Complutense Polyglot Bible (1514) because it is very representative of the origins of our Library and our University, and because it is already in full commemoration of the acts of the fifth centenary of its printing«, Which will be held next year, he explained.

Some of the treasures are:

  • The oldest codex "De laudibus crucis", by Rabano Mauro (9th century)
  • "The books of knowledge of Astronomy", by Alfonso X the Wise (13th century)
  • The Hebrew Bible (copied in Toledo, 13th century)
  • "Rubber notebook", by Rubén Darío (1910)
  • Modus confitendi ”, by Andrés Escobar (Segovia, 1472, 1473). This book was printed by the first printer in the country, Juan Parix, and this is the only known copy of the work.
  • "Fasciculus temporum", first book with illustrations printed in Spain (Seville 1480)
  • "Castilian Grammar", by Nebrija (Salamanca, 1492).


  • "Liber cronicarum", by Harmann Schedel (Nurembrer, 1493)
  • "Compost et calendrier des bergières" (Paris, 1499)


  • Ptolemy's "Cosmography" (Incunabula, 1486)
  • "Theatro d`el Orb de la Tierra, by Ortelius (1602)
  • Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, by Blaeu (1640)

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