Manuscript: Sloane MS 278
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British Library, Sloane MS 278
(Aviarium / Dicta Chrysostomi)
 

Produced: Northern Fance/South Netherlands, 1280-1300

Language: Latin

Author: Hugo de Folieto
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Scribe: 

Binding: 
Media: Vellum
Script: Littera textualis formata

Folios: 57  Height: 26.7 cm   Width: 18.7 cm

Manuscript type: Bestiary

Location: British Library, London, England, United Kingdom

Family: n/a

 



Source: British Library Digital Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts | Copyright Copyright 2004 British Library / Used by permission | Folio 48v


 
Description

"Contains the Aviarium of Hugh of Fouilloy (folia 1r - 43v) and the Dicta Chrystostomi version of the Physiologus (folia 44r - 57r). The Aviarium has 29 illustrations; the Dicta has 24. Though attributed to the 4th century Bishop John Chrysostom of Constantinople, the Dicta text is probably from France, around 1000 CE. This copy of the Dicta has only 27 chapters, probably because the birds are covered in the Aviarium." - Medieval Beasts (New York, 1990) Payne, p.12

The Aviarium is complete, and includes the chapters on the Ibis and Coot (folios 42v-43v) not found in all copies. Illustrations: full color, by one artist. According to Medieval Book of Birds: Hugh of Fouilloy's Aviarium (Binghampton, NY, 1992) Clark (p. 290) the aviary has 31 illustrations, the Ibis and Coot one each, and the bestiary 23. The chapters and other main divisions begin with colored capitals and pen scrollwork. Medieval Book of Birds: Hugh of Fouilloy's Aviarium (Binghampton, NY, 1992) Clark aviary group: Paris.


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