Images of hunting

Hunting has been a popular sport in Europe since the Middle Ages.  Medieval manuscripts depict aristocrats hunting on horseback and on foot, with hawks and hounds, and provide insight into the methods and practices used in organized hunts.   Over the centuries, printed books about hunting, falconry, and fishing have been popular with sportsmen and book collectors for their informational content and their illustrations.

The books pictured here include a facsimile of Henri de Ferrières’ Livre de chasse du roi Modus; Thomas Speedy’s Sport in the Highlands; and Charles Estienne’s L’agriculture et maison rustique.   

These and other books can be located in the library catalog by performing a subject search using the terms “hunting;” “falconry;” or “fishing.”

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