Friedrich II. von Hohenstaufen - De Arte Venandi cum Avibus - 1969

Friedrich II. von Hohenstaufen - De Arte Venandi cum Avibus - 1969
Illustrated, Natural History, Ornithology, Sport, games & pastimes - Quantity: 2 - Limited edition - Manuscript

The Arte Venandi cum Avibus (the art of bird hunting).
Falcon book.
A 13th century illuminated Latin manuscript written by Emperor Frederick II (ca. 1245). This is still considered as a reference work by falconers for its precision, completeness and authority. It is a natural scientific work of a high level the topic is scientifically and systematically treated.

Frederick had likely started the book already in 1230, it is the result of decades of study. He was the first author that made the world of birds a subject of scientific study, a true natural scientist who can be considered the founder of modern ornithology.

Multiple handwritings and two early prints have been preserved of the falcon book. The original ‘showcase book’ was likely lost at the siege of Parma in 1248. A copy that his son Manfred had ordered of the column 111 folia parchment codex is in the Vatican City library. This manuscript about falconry contains clearly marked additions by Manfred and more than five hundred images of various birds that are, because of the detailed depiction, including plumage, considered as an essential part of the book.

Information by Wikipedia.

The case has minor damage on the back, otherwise in great condition with (to be expected) signs of use.
It will be expertly packaged and shipped with extra insurance.

Lot details
Number of Books
Illustrated, Natural History, Ornithology, Sport, games & pastimes
Author/ Illustrator
Friedrich II. von Hohenstaufen
Book Title
De Arte Venandi cum Avibus
Publication year oldest item
1st Edition Thus
German, Latin
Original language
Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt (ADEVA) - Graz, Austria
Binding/ Material
Mix / Multiple
Limited edition
Number of pages
38×26 cm
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