Bruxelles, Bibliothèque Royale de Belgique, Ms. 10218

Book of the Hunt Facsimile Edition

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King Modus's 'Book of the Hunt', was penned in 1370 by Henri de Ferrières, at the time one of the leading authorities in the art and practice of hunting. A Norman nobleman, Henri decided to commit to writing in his old age. His work, the first treatise on hunting in French vernacular, which enjoyed great popularity, was probably produced for Philip the Good. Together with his predecessors in the duchy of Burgundy, Philip created one of the wealthiest and most powerful kingdoms in Europe. 

The Book of the Hunt: A Mysterious Teacher

While wishing to highlight the authority of his work, Henri de Ferrières also wanted to secure his readers’ attention. He thus styled his narration as if it had been written by a Greek philosopher, in the form of a dialogue between a student and his teacher conferring about the art of hunting. In this case, the role of the teacher is played by a metaphorical figure named King Modus.

56 Miniatures and the Power of Realism

The illustrations of this manuscript, crafted in 1455 in Burgundy, are especially noteworthy. The lavish touches of gold are not just mere illustrations of the wording in the text. Rather, they act as a glorification of the nobility's refined and pompous lifestyle. The images amaze the reader with their liveliness, the expertly depicted animals and the realism in the lavish vestments. The illuminators were determined to make their pictures as realistic as possible, something they achieved by giving  great importance to their work's truthfulness. The Book of the Hunt can thus be viewed as a milestone in Flemish art.

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Leather with gold blocking

We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "Book of the Hunt": Das Jagdbuch des Königs Modus facsimile edition, published by Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt (ADEVA), 1989

Das Jagdbuch des Königs Modus

Graz: Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt (ADEVA), 1989

  • Commentary (French, German, Spanish) by Thoss, D.; Haehn, M.
  • Limited Edition: 3000 copies
  • This facsimile is complete (full-size color reproduction of the whole original document).

Complete colour facsimile edition of the 214 pp. (fol. I-II and 1-105) in original size 299 x 205 mm. 56 miniatures, some marginal miniatures and continuously with gold initials. True copy of the marbled fly-leaf. All folios are cut according to the original. Commentary volume: Introduction by Dagmar Thoss. German translation of the original text by M. Haehn. 120 pp., cloth. Facsimile and commentary volume in slip case (cloth). Limited edition: 975 copies for the Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt, 375 copies for the Spanish speaking countries and 1650 copies for the French speaking countries. This limited facsimile edition is a coproduction of the Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt with the Club de Livre, Paris and Editorial Casariego, Madrid.

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Leather with gold blocking, copy of the original binding.

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