Bibliothèque de l'Arsenal, Ms-3516
(Bestiaire of Pierre de Beauvais)


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


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 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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