Morgan Library, MS M.459
(Bestiaire d'amour)


Produced: Northern Italy, c. 1290
Current Location: Morgan Library, New York, New York, USA
Manuscript Type: Bestiary
Language: French
Folios: 32
Author: Richard de Fournival
Illustrated: Yes
Binding: Modern green leather over boards
Media: Vellum
Script: Textura
Dimensions: Height: 27 cm Width: 20.2 cm
Folio 11r


The Bestiaire d'amour by Richard de Fournival. Written and illuminated in northern Italy, probably Lombardy.

This is the copy of the Bestiaire designated M.

Includes the texts: Bestiaire d'amour (folio 2r-22v); a continuation of the bestiary, by Richard de Fournival, with 20 further animals and a different ending (folio 22v-29v); extract from his Livre de li arriere bans (folio 30r-32v).

The additional 20 animal examples following the standard Bestiaire d'amour is unusual.

3 large (2-column, half-page) drawings; 112 smaller color drawings in the text; 3 historiated initials.

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Digital facsimiles

Morgan Library (Partial, small page and extracted images, low quaility)