Bibliothèque de la Faculté de Médecine, H. 437
(L'Image du Monde / Bestiaire of Pierre de Beauvais)
|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|
This manuscript has two parts.
Part 1: L'Image du Monde
The illustrated Image du Monde, 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.
There are several chapters in the encyclopedia dealing with animals, all in the Geography section.
There are at least two folios missing (cut out) that had the chapter on the beasts of Europe and Affica; the missing animals are fox, stag, frog, spider, wolf, ape, dog, weasel, hedgehog and lamb. The folio numbering does not take the gap into account, so the chapter on the trees of India (folio 112v, partly missing) is followed by the chapter on the birds of Europe and Africa (folio 113r).
Part 2: Bestiaire of Pierre de Beauvais
The illustrated long version of the Bestiaire of Pierre de Beauvais is on folios 195r-250r. Every animal chapter has an illustration. This is the Bestiaire manuscript designated Mon.
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.
The scribe and the artist have made several mistakes in the order of chapters and the placing of images in the Bestiaire.
Editions and Facsimiles
Bibliothèque de la Faculté de Médecine
Bibliothèque Virtuelle des Manuscrits Médiévaux (BVMM) (Partial, mostly extracted images)