Item Details

Call Number: MS Hunter 385 (V.2.5)
Title: Miroir de Phébus, Des Deduicts de la Chasse
Images: [ MS Hunter 385 fol. 28v ] [ MS Hunter 385 fol. 3r detail ]
Date of Creation: Between 1399 and 1499
Level of Description: Item
Part of MS Hunter 1-658
Content: Gaston III. (Phoebus), Comte de Foix, Vicomte de Béarn, Marsan, etc., Miroir de Phébus, Des Deduicts de la Chasse.
Gaston III. (Phoebus), Count de Foix, Mirror of Phoebus, of the Pleasures of the Chase: (Imperfect.)
Begins - after an index which occupies the first three pages, beginning (1, 1 recto col. a, lines 1-3): Cy commence la table du | liure de la Chace que fist le | Conte de foix qui dieu absoille [rubric] and ending (1, 2 recto col. b, lines 29, 30): Cy fine la table du li | ure de La Chace [rubric] - (2, 1 recto lines 1, 2 - under a picture, see Remarks): Cy commance le liure de la chace que fist le Conte de foix . . [rubric] | O [gilt illuminated initial] u nom et en lonneur de dieu createur et seigneur
Ends (14, 2 recto lines 21-24): que iay touchie au meilleur de la venerie selon mon petit | sauoir . . | Cy fine le Liure de La Chace que fist | feu le Conte de foix qui dieux pardonit (?) [rubric]
Remarks: On i, 2 verso in the top left corner: D. 72. In the centre: Miscel. 6 | 8 x. 10.
On i, 3 recto in the top left corner: 106. In the centre: Le Livre de la the Chace | du Conte de Foix.
On i, 4 verso is a note in an XVIII. Cent. hand: This Family of Foix was once one of the most illustrious | Houses in France descended from that of Carcassonne. Raymond | Roger, count of Foix in 1188 accompanied Philip the August into | the Holy Land. etc. | Gaston, sirnamed Phoebus III. Count of Foix; a Prince Renouned for his | Victories, his Generosity, and his Buildings: He composed several | Peices of Hunting, and one which bore the Title of the mirrour of | Phoebus. He died suddenly in the year 1391. This one in the | possession of Joseph Ames . 1751 . and long before.
On 1, 1 recto in a late XVII. Cent. hand: Hugh Williams his.
On 1, 2 verso is apparently a rebus name composed of a wing, a grotesque flower with two twisted stalks, and the letters: EELD [unkeyable character] H (?Wingfield).
On 2, 1 recto is a frontispiece picture, 3 x 5½, representing the author seated in a field with daisies and (?) fruit trees in blossom, and giving directions to a huntsman with two white greyhounds in a leash, who kneels on one knee, bareheaded, and is followed by another (?a beater) with a club and leading a beagle. The Count's features are effaced. He wears a gold collar and girdle and a white-lined, scallop-edged crimson mantle over a blue-lined, gold-embroidered, puff-sleeved tunic of Venetian red.
On 14, 2 verso in a XV. Cent. French hand: In anglia sunt xxxvj Comitatus. | Item sunt in eijsdem Comitatibus ville lij millia (?) et octoginta | Item sunt in Anglia Ecclesie parochiales xlv millia. et undecim | Item sunt in eadem feoda militaria lx millia cc . xxv Et sunt eorundem | in manibus religiosorum xxviij millia et xv. | Summa de quintadecima in Anglia extat xxxvij millia D cccc librarum ix solidorum obiit. | citra ccc . xx. tres libras vj solidos viij denarios pro collectorum expensa.
The first edition of this work is apparently that of A. Verard, Paris, 1507 (?) (Brit. Mus. C. 31. m. 2.).
Gaston III., Comte de Foix (Phoebus), was born 1331 and died 1391.
For Joseph Ames (1689-1758), see Dict. Nat. Biog. i. 353 and T. 8. 22.
[Formerly Q.2.11; Q.2.30].
Physical Description: Bound volume.
Vellum choice, 11 3/4 x 8¼, ff. 97, originally ff. 100, well written in single cols. of 30 lines, each 7¼ x 4 3/4, lined and margined with plummet, no signatures visible (probably cropped), no foliation, catchwords, floreated and pictured page (2, 1 recto), gilt illuminated initials with gestures (large and small), rubrics, initials of sentences touched with gamboge, cropped, practically no marginalia, worm-holed beginning and end, otherwise well preserved, fol. sec. Comment. Early Cent. XV.
Binding: Original, beech boards, covered crimson velvet, brass corner-pieces (left corner bottom front board gone) and five brass bosses on each board, two pig-skin straps and brass clasps and catches (intact), title (original), ink, on a slip of vellum under a plate of horn (as in U.7.26) with a border of green silk braid secured by brass-headed tacks: Liure de chace, modern title on the back (gilt) on crimson morocco shield: GASTON | DE | FOIX | DE LA | CHACE. Early Cent. XV.
[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. 307.]
Access: Normal conditions
Language: French
Material Type: Document
Notes: This manuscript has been exhibited on the following occasions: '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.
Bibliography: Phébus, Livre de chasse, ed. G. Gaston Tilander, Cynegetica, 18 (Karlshavn, 1971); Nigel Thorp, The glory of the page (London, 1987), no. 50; 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 307-308.
Accession Number: 2482
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Repository Code: GB 0247

Names associated with this item:

author: Gaston III Comte de Foix 1331-1391
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. …
provenance: Joseph Ames 1689-1759
Bibliographer and antiquary.
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