Bibliothèque Nationale de France, fr. 24428
(L'Image du monde / De avibus / Bestiaire of Guillaume le Clerc)


Produced: France (Paris?), ca. 1265
Location: Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris, France
Type: Bestiary
Family: French
Language: French
Folios: 118
Author: Gossuin de Metz / Guillaume le Clerc
Illustrated: Yes
Media: Parchment
Script: Littera textualis
Dimensions: Height: 31.2 cm Width: 21.8 cm
Folio 61r


This is a multipart manuscript containing an encyclopedia, an aviary, a French bestiary, a lapidary, and fables.

Part 1: The first verse version of the Image du monde, an encyclopedia by Gossuin de Metz, is on folio 1r-48r. There are animal accounts in the Geography section; none are illustrated.

Part 2: A French verse adaptation of the De avibus of Hugh of Fouilly (folios 49r-52r), titled Li volucraires. Chapters 17, 12-14, 30, 33, 59. One full color illustration. Adaptation attributed to Ormons li clers (Ormond the Clerk). Clark aviary group: none.

Part 3: The fully illustrated Bestiaire of Guillaume le Clerc is on folios 53r-78v. The illustrations are full color paintings with gold backgrounds, but the figures are poorly drawn. Most images show the animal being described along with a depiction of the beast's moral meaning. This is the copy of the Bestiaire designated H by Reinsch.

Part 4: Li lapidaires, folio 79r-88v);

Part 5: the Lais of Marie de France (folios 89r-114v).

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