Westminster Abbey Bestiary

Title:
Westminster Abbey Bestiary
Shelf Mark:
Ms. 22
Alternate Names:
Bestiario de Westminster
Origin:
York (maybe)
Dimensions:
22.3 × 16.3 cm − 130 pp.
Date Description:
ca. 1275-1290
Content:
Isidorean text: "Cum voluntas condito"; "Adam naming the animals"; chapters on wild beasts, birds, fish, snakes and insects; "Rota Fortunae"; Pseudo-Seneca’s "De Remediis Fortuitorum" (extracts); "De Septem Mirabilibus Mundi"; "Policraticus" (extracts)
Hand:
Textura
Illuminations:
Yes
Type of Decoration:
There are 164 mostly framed pink-red and deep blue full-color miniatures set alternately against deep blue and pink-red backgrounds, decorated with snow-flakes, 3 dots, and crosses with dots. These depict real and mythological animals and are the work of a single artist. Text in dark brown ink.
Musical Notation:
No
Call Number:
Special Coll. Rare Books XLarge ND 3399 .W478 B47 2013
Commentary Volume:
Yes
Nature of Facsimile:
Full-size color reproduction of entire manuscript
Publication Date:
2014
Place of Publication:
Burgos
Publisher:
Siloé, arte y bibliofilia
Notes:
This Gothic style bestiary is considered one of the most beautiful and richly decorated in the world. A bestiary is a collection of descriptions of animals, birds, mythological creatures and even magic rocks, accompanied by moralizing messages. The source for the entries include the Bible, popular fables, pre-Christian authors and Church authors. Commentary (English, Spanish) by Dines, Ilya