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ARCHERY / FINE BINDINGS / ROYAL BELGIAN PROVENANCE: Statuts de la Société du Tir-à l'Arc, l'union, installée à Poucques sous le Patronage de Son Altesse Royale Monseigneur Le Duc De Brabant

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A unique manuscript by a Belgian imperial calligrapher François Magnée, commissioned by the Archery Society at the Poeke castle and presented to Prince Leopold Duke of Brabant, future King Leopold II.

 

Folio (37 x 25 cm), [8 pp.] black, red, green, blue, silver and gold ink on vellum (5 pp. manuscript and 3 pp. blank), bound with a contemporary metal ribbon, contemporary blue moiré binding and pastedowns with gold tooling, white moiré loose endpapers (missing seal on the bottom of the first page, ribbon broken in the lower part, but otherwise in a good condition).

 

 

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The work was made by a Belgian calligrapher François Magnée (1798-1865). Magné was schooled in France and in 1828 became calligrapher to the Dutch king and 6 years later an official calligrapher to Belgian king Leopold I.

The text lists the rules and mambers of the Archery Society, located at the castle Poeke, under the leadership of Viscount Alfred de Nieuport.

The book comes from a private library of king Leopold II of Belgium (1835 – 1909) with the title “duc de Brabant” referring to his title before becoming a king in 1865.

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