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


Produced: Northern Italy, c. 1290
Location: Pierpont Morgan Library (Morgan Library and Museum), New York, New York, USA
Type: Miscellany
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 (Bestiary of Love) by Richard de Fournival. Written and illuminated in northern Italy, probably Lombardy.

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

The additional 20 animal examples following the standard Bestiaire d'amour is unusual; it occurs in one other manuscript, Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, Ashb.50.

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

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