The Art of Falconry of Frederick II, 13th century (with gift of Falconry and Art)


The s. XIII is fundamental in the history of falconry literature, as it is becoming known the rich Arabic literature through translations of Moamín and Ghatrif. Federico II, should draft the Art of Venandi between 1239 and 1248.

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The original of this facsimile edition is preserved in the Vatican Apostolic Library and belongs to the collection “Codices e Vaticanis selecto, Series maior”, signature Pal. The t. 1071. It was restored by the B.A.V. in 1970, as recorded at the end of the codex.

It is bound in leather. It has an approximate size of 26 x 37 x 5 cm and includes 111 pages in two columns of 35 lines, gathered in 13 booklets although it must have contained 16.

Frederick II of Hohenstaufen was born in Italy in 1194. He was Emperor of the Romans, king of Germany, king of Jerusalem, king of Sicily and duke of Swabia. Falconry was established in Europe around the 5th century AD. The first treaty on falconry in Europe dates back to the end of the 10th century, since until then the transmission of the technique had to be oral.

The 13th century is fundamental in the history of falconry literature, since the rich Arabic literature begins to be known through the translations of Moamín and Ghatrif. Frederick II must have written the De Arte de Venandi between 1239 and 1248. Between the year 1258 and the year 1266, Manfred, son of Frederick, wrote this work De Arte Venandi cum Avibus, summarizing the work of his father. This manuscript has had a very traveling life until it arrived at the Vatican as a gift from Duke Maximilian I of Bavaria to Pope Gregory XV.

Extraordinary facsimile edition of this codex produced in 2004, numbered and limited to 900 copies and certified by the publisher and the Vatican Apostolic Library.

Facsimile bound in dry-worked leather on wood, guide tape, gilt edges, and with two gilt metal and leather closures. All according to the original manuscript. Format 27 x 37 cm. 222 pages with a multitude of drawings of birds, falcons, landscapes and falconers.

The facsimile is presented in an open case lined with leather decorated in gold and fabric decorated in color, format 25.5 x 38 x 6.5 cm.

The beautiful and interesting volume of comments or study has been carried out by Mr. José Manuel Fradejas Rueda, professor of Romance philology at the University of Valladolid, and a great specialist in Medieval Falconry, with the collaboration of Mr. Zacarías Prieto Hernández. A translation made from Willemsen’s Latin text (1942) is included. Bound in padded hardcover and illustrated in color. Format 24 x 32 cm.

The buyer of this beautiful and interesting facsimile will be given a copy of the work “Falconry and Art“, a great work in 2 volumes that can also be found in our catalogue. An exclusive gift from CompraMejor org

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