A Medieval Book of Beasts: Pierre de Beauvais' Bestiary
Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 1992
An English translation of the short version of the famous French Bestiary of Pierre de Beauvais. The original text, the Physiologus was probably written during the second century, in Greek, then translated to Latin, then translated into Old French by de Beauvais. These are stories of animals given as symbols of Man's eternal fears and hopes. This bestiary is a way to recover some valuable fragments of Time, of the thought and mentality of the Middle Ages. Contains thirty-eight original illustrations by artist Alexandra Eldridge. With introduction, notes, and bibliography. - [Publisher]
Includes the Old French text, based on MS 32 of the Great Seminary of Mechelen (Malines) in Belgium (now at Maurits Sabbebibliotheek, PM0653 ), and an English translation by Mermier. Also includes a translation of the Cambrai Bestiary.
364 pp., black & white illustrtaions, bibliography, index.
ISBN: 0-7734-9629-7; LCCN: 91037833; LC: PQ1501.P52B4131991; DDC: 843/.120
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