British Library, Egerton MS 613
(Bestiaire of Guillaume le Clerc)
|Produced:||France, Mid 13th century|
|Location:||British Library, London, England, UK|
|Author:||Guillaume le Clerc|
|Dimensions:||Height: 22.5 cm Width: 14.5 cm|
Le Bestiaire divin of Guillaume le Clerc is on folio 31r - 58v. The illustrations are simple pen drawings. The quality of the drawings varies considerably; some are very finely executed while others are crude. The style is so different it is likely two (or more) people did the drawings. The salamander chapter has a frame for a drawing, but instead of an image the frame is filled with text in a different (an almost illegible) hand; the text has not been deciphered. This is the copy of the Bestiaire designated A by Reinsch.
This is one of the finest of over twenty versions of Guillaume's bestiary which survive... The rhyming couplets are written in double columns, illustrated with 34 framed pen-and-ink drawings...
Miscellanies in prose and verse, among which are... Li bestiaire, a poem, by Guillaume, clerc de Normandie...
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