Bibliothèque de l'Arsenal, Ms-3516
(L'image du monde / Bestiaire of Pierre de Beauvais)


Produced: France, 13th century
Location: Bibliothèque de l'Arsenal (Bibliothèque Nationale de France), Paris, France
Type: Miscellany
Family: French
Language: French
Folios: 356
Author: Gossuin de Metz / Pierre de Beauvais
Illustrated: Yes
Media: Parchment
Dimensions: Height: 32.8 cm Width: 24.5 cm
Folio 199v


This is a multi-part manuscript containing an encyclopedia, a French bestiary, a lapidary, and several saint's lives.

Part 41: The first verse version of L'ymage dou monde, an encyclopedia by Gossuin de Metz, is on folio 160r-179v. There are animal accounts in the Geography section; none are illustrated.

Part 44: The illustrated Bestiaire of Pierre de Beauvais is on folios 198v-212v. The illustrations are colored drawings with colored backgrounds, almost all enclosed in decorative frames. Many of the images are rubbed and faded, and some are damaged. This is the Bestiaire manuscript designated P. This manuscript has a description and illustration of the Orphan Bird, found only in Pierre's Bestiaire, on folio 212v.

Also contains (not illustrated):

  • Of Jonah and the whale, poem (f.128v)
  • The Unicorn, poem (f.139v)
  • Lapidary which tells the virtues of precious stones (f.213r)

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