The Arte Venandi cum Avibus (the art of bird hunting).
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.
- 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