British Library, Sloane MS 3544


Produced: England, late 13th Century
Current Location: British Library, London, England, UK
Manuscript Type: Bestiary
Bestiary Family: Second
Language: Latin
Folios: 44
Illustrated: Yes
Media: Parchment
Script: Gothic
Dimensions: Height: 19 cm Width: 13.5 cm
Sample page - British Library Sloane MS 3544
Folio 6v


The bestiary is on folios 1r-44r. Numerous (112) illustrations in brown, green, and red, on alternately blue and red backgrounds. The images generally illustrate the animal's characteristics effectively.

[From Payne, page 15]

This is a much more modestly produced Second Family bestiary. Although the text is standard, it contains innumerable errors of transcription, and of the 112 framed miniatures some are eccentric and others display a distinctly comic character... The illustrations employ no gold and are painted in brown, green and red on alternately blue and crimson backgrounds.

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British Library (partial, with missing folios)