British Library, Harley MS 4751
|Produced:||England (Salisbury?), c 1230-1240|
|Location:||British Library, London, England, UK|
|Dimensions:||Height: 30.8 cm Width: 23.2 cm|
This is a luxury bestiary, very finely written and illustrated.
...illustrated with 106 miniatures in round of square frames. No gold has been used and the colors are sometimes sombre... A companion manuscript is in the Bodleian Library, Oxford (MS Bodley 764), with very similar pictures... A rare addition to this pair of bestiaries is material from the Topography of Ireland by Geraldus Cambrensis [Gerald of Wales]... - [Payne, p.14]
ff. 1r-74v: Bestiary, beginning: 'Bestiarum vocabulum proprie convenit leonibus' and ending, 'ex eius calce multitudo nascatur'. It ends imperfectly with Isidore of Seville's (b. c. 560, d. 636) Etymology section devoted to plants. The text is closely related to Bodleian Library, MS. Bodley 764.
106 well-drawn miniatures of animals in color, most in a rectangular or round frame. Most images have labels (rubrics) in red. In some cases there are notes in margin to guide the artist (for example, next to the image of the stag on folio 12r are the words hic est Ceru, here is the stag.
[Adapted from the British Library description]
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