of Hunting OF
The State Hermitage
Ms. OP N.º 2.
x 230 mm.
Miniatures: 78 miniatures of large format and all pages with border
of floral motifs and multiple capitals in gold.
Binding: Lamb leather with embossed and engraved gold also on the
Between 1270 and 1287, Guido della
Colonne, Italian lawyer, historian and poet, wrote a Latin version in
prose of 35 chapt
Hunting was the sport for aristocrats reaching a high
degree of sophistication; it was practise in times of peace and always
associated to religious themes. Alfonso X the Wise (1256-1348) wrote,
“How the king has to be well versed at hunting”.
Gaston III, nick named Febus because of his golden
hair, sovereign of the County of Foix and of Beam, in the French
Pyrenees, bequeath to posterity one of the best treatise on the subject
During the years 1387-1389 Gaston Febus wrote his
“Book of Hunting” allegory, profane and religious at the same time. This
manuscript is considered one of the best written during the Medieval
time and it is also a valuable testimony of the cultural heritage of the
Middle Age; it has been used until the XIX century as a teaching book of
Of all the most famous manuscripts about Hunting
produced in the Scriptoriums of the time, because its antiquity and
beauty the one kept at the Library of the Hermitage Museum in Saint
Petersburg is considered the best.
codex develops in a pedagogic form everything to do with learning to
hunt, it indicates how to treat wild animals, their behaviour and
biology, at the same time it gives precise instructions to the hunter
for training the different breeds of dogs and their characteristics, all
represented in beautiful miniatures.
The 78 beautifully enriched miniatures embellish the
pages of this codex; its refined style gives an expressivity to the
French style of the first half of the XIV century.
The miniatures give an inimitable realism to the art
of hunting and its rituals: the horses richly harness with the
embroidered coat of arms of its owner, the type of clothing, the
preparation of the hunters and the animals and the type prey to hunt.
All the manuscript images are enriched in gold and
silver. These combination of light and colour enhances each of the
miniatures of this codex making it an art treasure.
The facsimile edition of the Book of Hunting of
Gaston Febus is encased for its conservation together with a
complementary study book.
consists of a single edition
of 949 numbered
copies, duly authenticated