Morgan Library, MS M.81
(The Worksop Bestiary)
|Produced:||England, c 1185|
|Location:||Morgan Library, New York, New York, USA|
|Binding:||19th-century English green morocco|
|Script:||Continental protogothic book script|
|Dimensions:||Height: 21.5 cm Width: 15.5 cm|
Bestiary, written and illuminated in England, possibly in Lincoln or York, before 1187. Given in 1187 by Philip, Canon of Lincoln to the Augustinian Priory of Radford, now called Worksop.
The text of the Bestiary is illustrated by 106 rectangular or circular miniatures of varying sizes. There is generally a gold background surrounded by a banded border in red, yellow, green, or blue; the animals depicted, however, commonly extend beyond the limits of the frame. Closely related to this manuscript are a slightly later bestiary in St Petersburg (National Library of Russia, Lat. Q.v.V. 1), and British Library Royal MS 12 C XIX.
M.R. James notes that, in addition to the Bestiary proper, the text contains additional features peculiar to this manuscript and to British Library Royal MS 12 C XIX
Extracts from the De imagine mundi, Genesis,Isidore of Seville's De pecoribus et iumentis and De Avibus are prefixed, as well as an added sermon, irrelevant to the Bestiary. The chapters are classified into Beasts, Birds, Fish, etc. Chapters are included from the Second Family of manuscripts. Three sections occur which are found nowhere else in the Bestiaries: St. Isidore's De aquis and De terra, and a sermon on Joseph ascribed to Augustine of Hippo.
The texts in the manuscript include:
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