Manuscript: MS. 249
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Merton College Library, MS. 249
(Bestiaire of Philippe de Thaon)
 

Produced: England, 13th century

Language: Various

Author: Philippe de Thaon
Illustrator: 
Scribe: 

Binding: 
Media: Parchment
Script: 

Folios:    Height: 27.3 cm   Width: 18 cm

Manuscript type: Miscellany

Location: Merton College Library (University of Oxford), Oxford, England, United Kingdom

Family: First

 



Source: Early Manuscripts at Oxford University: Merton College, MS. 249 | Copyright 2003 Oxford University | Folio 7r


 
Description

"13th-century miscellany, probably all of English origin, including (fols. 1r-10v) Philip of Thaon, Bestiary in Anglo-Norman verse, illustrated with drawings, (fols. 76r-78v) a calendar with added notes of events and obits, and Latin works by Gregory I, Maurice of Sully, Innocent III, etc. Given to Merton College by William Rede, d. 1385." - Merton College MS. 249 (Oxford) Oxford University Website

"After the section on the Owl the text includes sixteen lines on the Pearl and ends apparently incomplete. Forty-eight drawings exist, for the most part poorly executed. The manuscript is written in double columns in the form of prose. There seems to have been no cooperation between the copiest and the illustrator since the former often did not leave sufficient space for the drawings, which were consequently squeezed into the margins. ... it appears at times that neither the copiest nor the illustrator understood Latin. ... the Latin directions occasionally are buried in the French text with no room at all left for the required illustration..." - Medieval Latin and French Bestiaries (Chapel Hill, 1962) McCulloch, p.49 ff

The Bestiary section of the manuscript (folia 1 to 10) has been badly trimmed, often cutting off parts of the drawings that are near the edges.

The other manuscripts containing Philippe's bestiary are BL, Cotton Nero A V and Copenhagen, Kongelige Bibliotek 3466.


 
Editions and Facsimiles



Digital facsimiles: Merton College MS. 249 (Oxford) Merton College Library, University of Oxford

 

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