British Library, Cotton MS Nero D I
|Produced:||England (St Albans), 1250-1259|
|Location:||British Library, London, England, UK|
|Dimensions:||Height: 38 cm Width: 25 cm|
A collection of original literary treatises and historical documents Matthew Paris assembled to support his research.
"Liber admodum praeclarus, et summa cum cura et diligentia versandus. ... Historia de Offa primo et secundo: cum figuris in summa pagina per Matthaeum Parisiensem, qui hunc librum coenobio S. Albani dono contulisse fertur in rubricis."
Includes on folio 169v an illustration of the elephant given to Henry III by King Louis IX of France in 1255, the first elephant seen in England. "Figura elephantis invecti in Angliam." Another illustration of this animal is found in British Library, Cotton Julius D VII.Matthew Paris wrote and illustrated parts of the manuscript, with the drawings of ff. 4v, 5r, 156v, 146r–v, 156v, 169v, 185v, and 186r attributed to him.
[Adapted in part from the British Library catalog]
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