Item Details

Call Number: MS Hunter 269 (U.5.9)
Images: [ MS Hunter 269 fol. 1r ] [ MS Hunter 269 fol. 7r detail ]
Associated Websites: Images and caption from World of Chaucer web exhibition
Date of Creation: Between 1399 and 1499
Place of Creation: France
Level of Description: Item
Part of MS Hunter 1-658
Content: Guillaume Tardif, Fauconnerie.
Guillaume Tardif, Venerie et la Chasse.
In the floreated margins of 2, 1 recto; 2, 6 recto; 7, 4 recto; 12, 2 recto; and 13, 3 recto an anchor appears twice. In the bottom of the first is a crown surmounting two shields, the dexter one thus charged: (azure) three fleurs-de-lis (or) [the ancient arms of France], the sinister bearing quarterly: 1, 4., field (azure) fleur-de-lisé (or) and, 2, 3, (argent) a cross potent amid four crosslets (or) [the arms of Jerusalem], with the legend WILD . EN . GROEP ... The gold collar of an order depends round the dexter shield, while the above legend is draped round the bottom of the latter. In the right margin an armed merman is represented as having just shot an arrow from a bow in the direction of this shield. Fantastic monsters and grotesques occur in the other floreated margins.
The verso of 1, 1. and both recto and verso of 14, 2. are ruled (like the rest of the volume) in red, though otherwise blank.
[Formerly S.6.3; S.6.76].
Unnumbered leaf between fols. 41 and 42, fols. 16 and 17.
Guillaume Tardif. Livre de l'art de faulconnerie et des chiens de chasse. Glasgow University, Hunterian ms. 269 (U.5.9). Parchemin; 100 f.; 226 x 147 mm.; France, fin XVe siècle; Reliure: XVIIIe siècle, maroquin bleu sur carton. Planche 21.Manuscrit du traité bien connu, Livre de l'art de faulconnerie et des chiens de chasse de Guillaume Tardif (né vers 1440), composé à la demande de Charles VIII de France, vers 1487. Ce codex est une copie magnifiquement illustrée, avec cinq pages décorées de motifs floraux et des peintures marginales représentant des oiseaux et des chiens. La présence des armoiries royales de France, au bas de la première page décorée de fleurs, et la qualité de l'exécution font penser que ce manuscrit pourrait être l'exemplaire du roi. L'oeuvre fut imprimée pour la première fois à Paris en 1492. Bibl.: Young & Aitken, Catalogue, p. 216-217. (Brussels catalogue, 1963).
Guillaume Tardif. Livre de l'art de faulconnerie et des chiens de chasse. Glasgow University, Hunterian Library, MS. 269 (U.5.9) Parchment. 100 ff., 226 x 147 mm. France, s. xv2. A manuscript of the well-known treatise by Guillaume Tardif (b. ca. 1440), written at the command of Charles VIII of France, ca. 1487. This is a beautifully illustrated copy, in bastard script, with five floriated pages and marginal pictures of birds and dogs. The appearance of the royal arms of France at the foot of the first floriated page and the quality of the execution suggest the possibility that this may have been the royal copy. The work was first printed at Paris in 1492. Dublin catalogue, 1964)
Arrangement: List Item Content
Physical Description: Bound volume.
Vellum (fine), 9 x 5 3/4, ff. 100, originally ff. 101, beautifully written in single cols. of 25 lines, each 5½ x 3, ruled and margined with red, foliation, modern (in pencil), faulty, ff. 1-96, catchwords (traces), no signatures visible, floreated pages (2, 1 recto, 6 recto; 7, 4 recto; 12, 2 recto; 13, 3 recto), richly gilt and illuminated initials, large and small, paragraph marks blue with red ornament and gestures and gilt with blue ornament alternately, rubrics, numerous marginal pictures exquisitely executed of hawks and their quarry, etc., or of different kinds of hunting dogs, etc., the margins have dull gold ground and are similar in style to those of the VITA CHRISTI (T.1.4-7), no marginalia, clean and well preserved, but much cropped. Late Cent. XV.
Binding: Millboards, covered blue morocco, gilt-tooled sides and edges (lines), panelled back, title (gilt): FAUCONN | ET | VENERIE. Early Cent. XVIII.
[For detailed collation see: John Young and P. Henderson Aitken, A Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of The Hunterian Museum in The University of Glasgow. (Glasgow, 1908), p. 216.]
Access: Normal conditions
Language: French
Material Type: Document
Notes: This manuscript has been exhibited on the following occasions: 'Treasures of Scottish Libraries', National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh, 1961; 'Trésors des Bibliothèques d'Ecosse', Brussels, 1963; 'Treasures from Scottish libraries', Trinity College Library, Dublin, 1964; 'The Glory of the Page', Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Oct. 1987-Jan. 1988, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Feb.-Apr. 1988, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Jun.-Aug. 1988, Burrell Collection, Glasgow, Nov. 1988-Jan. 1989; 'The Magic of the Middle Ages, Part 2: Secular Manuscripts', Glasgow University Library, Sep.-Dec. 1995; 'The World of Chaucer', Hunterian Museum, Glasgow, May-Aug. 2004.
Bibliography: Julie Gardham, The world of Chaucer: medieval books and manuscripts (Glasgow, 2004), p. 46; National Library of Scotland, Treasures of Scottish libraries: catalogue (Edinburgh, 1961), x, 8; Nigel Thorp, The glory of the page (London, 1987), no. 62; Treasures from Scottish libraries: catalogue of an exhibition held in the Library of Trinity College, Dublin (Edinburgh, 1964), no. 46; Trésors des bibliothèques d'Ecosse (Brussels, 1963), no 43; John Young & P.H. Aitken, A catalogue of the manuscripts in the Library of the Hunterian Museum in the University of Glasgow (Glasgow, 1908), pp 216-217.
Accession Number: 2482
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Repository Code: GB 0247

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author: Guillaume Tardif
exhibition: Glory of the Page 1987-1989
Exhibition of medieval manuscripts from Glasgow University Library: Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Oct. 1987-Jan. 1988, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Feb.-Apr. …
exhibition: Magic of the Middle Ages 1994-1995
Exhibition: The Magic of the Middle Ages: Manuscript Treasures of Glasgow University Library. Part 1: Sacred Manuscripts, Glasgow University Library, 21 April-30 …
exhibition: Treasures from Scottish Libraries 1964
Exhibition, Trinity College Library, Dublin, 1964.
exhibition: Treasures of Scottish Libraries 1961
Exhibition, National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh, 1961.
exhibition: Trésors des Bibliothèques d'Ecosse 1963
Exhibition, Brussels, 1963.
exhibition: World of Chaucer
Exhibition: The World of Chaucer: Medieval Books and Manuscripts from Glasgow University Library, held at the Hunterian Museum, Glasgow, 15 May-28 August 2004.
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