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The manuscript images used for this illustration have been rudely ripped from their context and mercilessly modified to fit my mad scheme. To see the originals, follow the links below.


Collage, background, other bits – David “Beastmaster” Badke © 2009. Sign (from Snake Park in Pune, India) – Manuscripts: Bodleian Library, MS. Bodley 264, marginalia: Miscellaneous little birds; Storks on nest; Three owls; Bunch of bunnies; Rabbit with crossbow; Fence-sitting owl. British Library, Harley MS 4751: Cranes (f.39r); Caladrius (f.40r); Bear (f.15r); Barnacle geese (f.55r); Antelope (f.5v). Partridge (f.48r). Harley MS 3244: Dragon (f.59r). Royal MS 12 C. xix: Tiger (f.28r). Royal MS 12 F. xiii: Unicorn (f.10v). Kongelige Bibliotek, Gl. kgl. S. 1633 4º: Lizard (f.56r); Green scorpion (f.58v); Boa (f.33v); Parrot (f.33v); Panther (f.3v); Bonnacon (f.10r). Gl. kgl. S. 3466 8º: Asp (f.39r). Bibliothèque Nationale de France, fr. 1951: Lion (f.32r). Aberdeen University Library, Univ. Lib. MS 24: Amphisbaena (f.68v). Koninklijke Bibliotheek, KB, KA 16: Pygmies (f.42v). Museum Meermanno, MMW, 10 B 25: Crocodile (f.12v); Hunters (f.8r); Ape (f.8v); Startled owl (f.32v).