ALTERNATIVE TITLES – Libro de la Caza de Gastón III de Foix-Bearne – Buch der Jagd von Gaston Phoebus.
FEATURES – Codex on parchment, 381 x 290 mm, 254 pp.
ORIGIN – France: Paris.
CHRONOLOGY – 15th century: 1406-1407 ca.
FORMER OWNERS – Louis I, Duke of Orléans; Francis II, Duke of Brittany; Isabella I, Queen of Castile; Ferdinand II of Aragon; Philip I, King of Castile (uncertain); Philip II, King of Castile (uncertain); Real Biblioteca del Monasterio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial (uncertain); George Spencer-Churchill, 5th Duke of Marlborough; Sir Thomas Phillipps; Thomas Fitzroy Phillipps Fenwick; Abraham Simon Wolf Rosenbach; Miss Clara Sargent Peck.
GENRE – Treatises / Secular books – Games.
CONTENTS – Treatise on hunting written between 1387 and 1389 by Gaston III Fébus (Phébus or Febus), eleventh Count of Foix, and dedicated to Philip II the Bold (1342-1404), Duke of Burgundy. The manuscript also contains prayers in French and Latin at ff. 111-126.
LANGUAGE – French; Latin.
SCRIPT – Textura.
DECORATION – 87 large miniatures; many illuminated initials.
ARTIST – Bedford Master workshop. Eberhard König thinks that the Bedford Master worked on the codex after another artist (probably the Josephus Master) had already conceived the subjects.
STYLE – Gothic.
EXTERNAL LINKS – The Morgan Library & Museum (digitized manuscript) – The Morgan Library & Museum (CORSAIR Online Collection Catalog).
Data sheet: Illuminated Facsimiles
Libro della Caccia di Gaston Phoebus; Livre de la Chasse de Gaston Fébus; Louis d’Orléans
Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document. The facsimile reproduces as close as possible the codicological characteristics of the original document. The binding might not correspond to that of the original document as it appears at the present moment.
Publisher: Faksimile Verlag (Munich, 2007).
Limited edition: 980 copies.
Commentary: Christe Yves, D’Escayrac-Lauture Antoine, Voelke William M., Avril François.
Copyright photos: Faksimile Verlag