Bibliothèque Nationale de France, fr. 12469
(Bestiaire d'amour / L'Image du monde)


Produced: Northern France, 13-14 century
Current Location: Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris, France
Manuscript Type: Miscellany
Language: French
Folios: 101
Author: Richard de Fournival / Gossuin de Metz
Illustrated: Yes
Media: Parchment
Dimensions: Height: 33 cm Width: 22.5 cm
Folio 11r


This is a multi-part manuscript.

Part 1: The Bestiaire d'amour by Richard de Fournival is on folios 1r - 19v. It is illustrated with full color framed images, most with gold leaf backgrounds. This is the copy of the Bestiaire designated D.

Part 2: The first verse version of L'Image du monde by Gossuin de Metz is on folio 20r-71v. It is illustrated with color drawings and diagrams on astronomical and geographical subjects. There are several animal accounts, all in the Geography section; none are illustrated. Many of the animal accounts have been condensed to one of two lines, particularly in the beasts and birds of Europe and Africa chapters.

Also includes the Tourneiment Antecrit by Huon de Méry starting on folio 72r.

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