Paris: Akademische Druck- und Verlagsanstalt, Graz, 1976. Facsimile Edition. folio, 138 fol. [276pp.]; VG; bound in suede covers, paneled spine with no lettering; housed in original cardboard box; minimal shelfwear; lacking companion volume; facsimile of the Manuscrit Français 616, der Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris; shelved Case 11.
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facsimile of the Manuscrit Français 616, der Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris; Written between 1387 and 1389 by Gaston Phoebus, Count of Foix and Vice-Count of Bearn, The Book of the Hunt was the subject, several years later, of an illuminated edition, presumably created by the Josephus Master and the Bedford Master. It is believed that the illuminated edition was commissioned by Aymar de Poitiers, grandfather of Henry II's famous mistress and that it was subsequently presented to Francis I. After the Battle of Pavie, it was in the hands of Bernard Clesius, Bishop of Trente, who presented it to Archdue Ferdinand of Austria, Brother of Charles V. In 1661, the Marquis of Vigneau presented it to Louis XIV, who passed it along to his illegitimate son, the Count of Toulouse. It later became the property of the Orleans family. When the revolution broke out in 1848, the manuscript was in the possession of King Louis Philippe, who abandoned it in his flight. Joseph Naudet, the curator of the Bibliothèque Nationale, had it brought there, where it can be found today. The first series of illustrations, folios 16r. through 37r., depict the wild animals that inhabited the forests of 14th century France, each in its natural habitat and demonstrating its particular behavioral characteristics. The animals depicted are the Hart, Reindeer, Deer, Wild Goats, Roe Deer, Hare, Rabbits, Bear, Wild Boar, Wolves, Foxes, Badgers, Wild Cats, and Otters. The second series of illustrations, folios 37v. through 53r., depict the different types of dogs used for the hunt in the Middle Ages, and shows how they were trained and handled. The scenes depicted are Various types of hunting dogs, Treating sick dogs, Mastiffs, Greyhounds, Running dogs, Bird Dogs, Mastiffs, A hunting lesson, A kennel, and Exercising the dogs. The third series, on folios 53v. though 120v, illustrate a variety of hunting lessons and different hunting methods