Bibliothèque Municipale de Douai, Ms. 711
(De Natura animalium)


Produced: France (Cambrai), 1270-1275
Current Location: Bibliothèque Municipale de Douai, Douai, France
Manuscript Type: Bestiary
Bestiary Family: Second
Language: Latin
Folios: 60
Illustrated: Yes
Dimensions: Height: 23 cm Width: 16 cm
Sample page - Bibliothèque Municipale de Douai MS 711
Folio 2r


The fully illustrated bestiary is on folios 1r-60v. It includes a partial aviary (book of birds) starting with the eagle on folio 25r. The account of the serpents starts on folio 39r.

Written in Marchiennes (Douai) but its illustration is similar to the English school of the 13th century. The artist sometimes got the appearance of the beasts wildly wrong (e.g. folio 10r: Goat; folio 11v: Crocodile; folio 23v: Mole).

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