15th Century

Le Livre de la chasse

Le livre de la chasse = Das Buch von der Jagd : vollständige Faksimile-Ausgabe im originalformat des Manuscrit Français 616 der Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris.  Graz : Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt, 1976. 2 volumes
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One of the most wonderful hunting books of the Middle Ages, Le Livre de la Chasse is composed of magnificent miniatures and historically valuable material on the culture of the day. Written by Gaston Phébus, Graf von Foix and Vicomte von Béarn, it is a guide that restricts itself to the technical details and an exact description of the animal hunt. While the text was written in 1389, the most famous illuminations in the manuscript date from the beginning of the 15th Century. The animals and scenes of the hunt are represented against backgrounds unique in book illumination, usually with rich gold ornamentation. Forty of the most beautiful miniatures are represented in this facsimile volume reproducing the smallest details from the original manuscript, to which access in our time is completely denied.

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