Bibliothèque Municipale de Valenciennes, MS 101
(De avibus / Bestiary)


Produced: France, ca. 1240
Location: Bibliothèque Municipale de Valenciennes, Valenciennes, France
Type: Bestiary
Family: First; H
Language: Latin
Folios: 202
Author: Hugh of Fouilloy
Illustrated: Yes
Media: Parchment
Script: Littera textualis cursiva
Dimensions: Height: 35 cm Width: 23 cm
Folio 185r


Folios 171r-187r: The De avibus or Aviary of Hugh of Fouilloy. All normal chapters present, plus the coot and ibis chapters (folios 188r-188v). 34 full color illustrations; colored initials with pen scrollwork for each chapter. Many of the images show a generic bird, usually looking up, not illustrating any of the bird's usual attributes. Clark aviary group: Paris.

Folios 189r-200v: The Bestiaire of Hugh of Fouilloy. 35 full color illustrations.

The same artist appears to have created the illustrations for both the aviary and the bestiary. The images are drawn with bold lines and richly colored backgrounds. Some animals appear in both the aviary and bestiary sections.

Also includes a dictionary of the Bible by Guillaume Breton.

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Editions and Facsimiles

Digital facsimiles

Bibliothèque virtuelle des manuscrits médiévaux (BVMM)
Bibliothèque Municipale de Valenciennes (Partial, extracted images, some full page images)