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Creator:
Ferrières, Henri de, fl. 1377.
Title(s):

Cy commance le livre du roy Modus et de la royne Racio : le quel fait mencion co[m]mant on doit deviser de toutez manieres de chasses ...

Additional Title(s):

Livre du roy Modus et de la royne Racio

Livres du roy Modus et de la royne Ratio

Published/Created:
Imprime a Chambéry : Par Antoine Neyret, [20 Oct. 1486]
Physical Description:
[103] leaves : ill. (woodcuts) ; 26 cm (fol.)
Holdings:
Rare Books and Manuscripts
SK25.F47 L58 1486
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Copyright Information
Classification:
Books
Notes:
Title from incipit on leaf pi1r.
By Henri de Ferrières.
Imprint from colophon. Date is spelled out: L'an de grace mil quatre cens octante et six, le xx jour de octobre.
Includes 51 woodcuts in the text, two of which occur twice, and two of which occur thrice.
Signatures: pi⁴ a-l⁸ m-n⁶ (first leaf blank).
Type: Neyret 119G. Cf. BM 15th cent., VIII, plate LXV.
Selected exhibitions: "Paul Mellon's Legacy: A Passion for British Art" (Yale Center for British Art, 18 April-29 July, 2007); "'The Compleat Horseman': Sporting Books from the Bequest of Paul Mellon" (Yale Center for British Art, 17 February-29 April, 2001).
Podeschi, J.B. Horse and horsemanship, 5
Schwerdt, C.F.G.R. Hunting, 30
Hind, A.M. An introduction to a history of woodcut, p. 619
ISTC (RLIN) im00739000
Goff, M739
Hain-Copinger, 11447
Pollard, A.W. Catalogue of ... early printed books from the libraries of William Morris, Richard Bennett ... and other sources now forming portion of the library of J. Pierpont Morgan, 620
Library of Congress. The Rosenwald collection, 331
Proctor, 8761
BM 15th cent. VIII, 386
GW, 9856
BAC: British Art Center copy bound in contemporary blind-tooled calf; rebacked. Inscribed, over a pen and ink drawing of the arms of Savoy: Ce livre est a moy A. de Vuilliert.
The first printed edition (editio princeps) of Le Livre du roy Modus et de la royne Racio, the first printed French book dealing with the hunt. It includes explicit directions for hunting all sorts of game animals, as well as chapters on falconry and bird snaring. The work is in the form of a dialogue in which Roy Modus (King Method) replies to questions about hunting from his apprentices. He divides prey into two groups, according to certain criteria. Five animals are classified as sweet (douce) and four as stinking (puant). The sweet ones--the stag, the hind, the fallow and roe deer, and the hare--do not have a foul odor, their pelts have a pleasing (amiable) color, either blond or tawny, and they do not bite. The four stinking animals bite; they include the boar, the wolf, the fox, and the otter.
Subject Terms:
Falconry -- Early works to 1800.
Fowling -- Early works to 1800.
Hunting -- Early works to 1800.
Incunabula in Yale Library.
Kraus, Hans Peter, 1907-1988 -- Provenance.
Vuilliert, A. de -- Autograph.
Form/Genre:
Dialogues.
Woodcuts.
Contributors:
Neyret, Antoine, active 1484-1486, printer.
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