The illuminated manuscripts of the Middle Ages are a huge source of inspiration to me. I collect every book I can find about them, and take every opportunity to see them in person. There is one little book in my collection that always sits on top of the stack. “The Hunting Book of Gaston Phebus” is different from many other manuscripts in that its topic is not religious. The Comte de Foix, Gaston Phebus, describes absolutely every aspect of hunting in the 14th Century – from the types of prey and the dogs used to hunt them to the training of the huntsmen. All of this is done with spectacular, meticulously drawn and painted, illuminated pages. The landscapes are stylized and remind me of the Unicorn Tapestries with the addition of the striking, geometric skies that I have remarked on, before. The beauty of the pages is enough, but in addition, I am totally drawn to the idea of illustrating a passion down to the Nth degree. There are so many levels on which this book inspires that I just have to share a copy with you!
This time I have just one copy to share, but the rules are the same. Just leave a comment, here, or “like” my post on Facebook to let me know you are interested. I will draw a name on Thanksgiving and post the winner. You don’t need to live here to enter! We will be happy to mail the book to you.