Bibliothèque de la Faculté de Médecine, H. 437
(Image du Monde / Bestiaire of Pierre de Beauvais, long version)
|Produced:||France, 14th century (1340?)|
|Location:||Bibliothèque de la Faculté de Médecine (Universié de Montpellier), Montpellier, France|
|Author:||Gossuin de Metz / Pierre de Beauvais|
|Dimensions:||Height: 19.7 cm Width: 13.5 cm|
The illustrated Image du Mond, an enclyclopedia by Gossuin de Metz, is on folio 31r-194v. There are sections on astronomy, the monstrous human races (folio 86r-91r), geography (with maps) and animals (mostly folio 91v-114v). The section divisions are not always followed; some accounts and images on one topic appear in a section discussing a different topic. Many of the animals described in the Image du Monde also appear in Pierre's Bestiaire. The text is in rhyming verse.
The illustrated Bestiaire of Pierre de Beauvais is on folios 195r-250r. Every animal chapter has an illustration. This is the Bestiaire manuscript designated Mon.
The scribe and the artist have made several mistakes in the order of chapters and the placing of images in the Bestiaire.
Both texts appear to have been illustrated by the same artist. The animal drawings, in frames on colored backgrounds, are crudely executed, though they usually illustrate the animal's characteristics effectively. The figures are often lightly tinted line drawings, though some are fully colored.
Editions and Facsimiles
Bibliothèque de la Faculté de Médecine
Bibliothèque Virtuelle des Manuscrits Médiévaux (BVMM) (Partial, mostly extracted images)