Manuscript

British Library, Stowe MS 1067

Codicology

Produced: England, early 12th century
Location: British Library, London, England, UK
Type: Bestiary
Family: First; B-Is
Language: Latin
Folios: 16
Illustrated: Yes
Media: Parchment
Script Protogothic
Dimensions: Height: 24.5 cm Width: 15 cm
Folio 5v

Description

... text derived from the Physiologus with additions from the Etymologies of Isidore of Seville. ... In all, there are forty-four chapters. The first twenty-nine are illustrated with pen-and-ink drawings .. similar to those ... in the Bodleian Library, Oxford (Laud Misc.247). The remainder of the manuscript is written by a different hand and the spaces left for illustrations remains unfilled - [Payne, page 12.]

HISTORIA ANIMALIUM: a Bestiary, agreeing generally in substance with the one, of which many copies are extant, beg. "Bestiarum vocabulum proprie convenit," but differing considerably in form. The text begins "Leo ex Greco vocabulo inflexum est," the introductory paragraph "Bestiarum vocabulum," etc., being added (with variations) in the margin. Forty-three characters are given, with the usual moral lessons annexed to them, and references to the unknown Physiologus. The last two characters are of the stones adamant and "mermecolion," ending witli the words "talem retributionem recipiunt pro corruptibilibus. ... With coloured initials and 29 pen-and-ink drawings of animals described, the blank spaces for the remaining sketches and initials in the latter part of the work not having been filled up. Large Octavo. - [adapted from the British Library description]

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