Bibliothèque Nationale de France, fr. 1444
(L'Image du monde / Bestiaire of Guillaume le Clerc / Bestiaire d'amour)


Produced: France, end of 13th century
Location: Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris, France
Type: Bestiary
Language: French
Folios: 329
Author: Gossuin de Metz / Guillaume le Clerc / Richard de Fournival
Illustrated: Yes
Media: Parchment
Dimensions: Height: 28.2 cm Width: 22.5 cm
Folio 242v


This is a multi-part manuscript.

Part 18: The verse version of L'Image du monde by Gossuin de Metz is on folio 170v-217v. Illustrated with line drawings on geographical and astronomical subects. The animal descriptions are not illustrated. This is the second redaction of the verse version, produced around 1247 CE, with 4000 lines added to the first version. Some of the animal accounts are in a different order than in the original verse and prose versions.

Part 21: The illustrated Bestiaire of Guillaume le Clerc is on folio 240r-257r. There are 45 colored images in frames. Most of them show the usual attributes of the animal being illustrated. There is one unusual image, titled Arbre del monde (Tree of the world), on folio 256r. This is the copy of the Bestiaire designated F by Reinsch.

Part 22: The illustrated Bestiaire d'amour of Richard de Fournival is on folio 258r-265v. It has 50 illustrations. There is at least one folio missing from the beginning; the first folio of the Bestiaire has a continuation of the wolf example rather than the prologue. This is the copy of the Bestiaire d'amour designated E.

The illustrations are similar in both Bestiaires and may be by the same artist. The images are colored drawings in frames; many of them are damaged, with the ink scuffed and flaking off.

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