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The Grand Medieval Bestiary: Animal in Illuminated Manuscripts
 
 
Author
Christian Heck & Remy Cordonnier.
Publisher Abbeville  
Format slipcased
ISBN 9780789211279
Pages/Publication Date 620/2012
Daedalus Item Code 29490
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As this gorgeous clothbound volume makes clear in 587 vivid reproductions (including impressive double-page closeups, measuring more than 20 inches across, that reveal every brushstroke and pen point), animals were a constant and meaningful presence for our medieval ancestors. Here are proto-zoological illustrations of great charm (if variable accuracy), found in popular 12th- and 13th-century bestiaries. Yet animals also appear in every other sort of illuminated manuscript, from the 8th-century Echternach Gospels, with its geometrically schematized symbols of the Evangelists, to the famously naturalistic 15th-century Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry. This book is arranged in the manner of a proper bestiary, with essays on one hundred animals alphabetized by their Latin names, including such fantastic creatures as the griffin, the manticore, and the fabled unicorn, tamable only by a gentle maiden.

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