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Lot 778: [FACSIMILE] – Il Bestiario di Peterborough (ca. 1300) Bestiarium aus Peterborough. Faksimile

Auctions Van de Wiele

March 11, 2017
Brugge, Belgium

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Edizione integrale in fac-simile nel formato originale del ms. 53 (ff. 189R - 210V) della Parker Library del College of Corpus Christi and the Blessed Virgin Mary di Cambridge (UK). + Commentario (italiano) : 95 pp. A limited edition of 1480 copies world-wide. (n° 398) The volume comes in a carefully hand produced and blind-tooled brown leather binding, a faithful replica of a typical Cambridge binding. All sheets are trimmed in accordance with the original and stitched to the contents by hand. The cover is tooled using roulettes, showing motives of the griffon, the lion and the dragon. An academic commentary volume, including a complete transcription and translation of all texts, by Christopher de Hamel, Director of the Corpus Christi Library in Cambridge, and Lucy Freeman Sandler, the great New York University expert in English book illumination, facilitates the understanding of the manuscript.

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Luzern / Roma / Tokyo
2004
Faksimile Verlag / Salerno Editrice / Yushodo
Animal books have been known since classical Antiquity and it is no surprise that they were among the most popular illustrated manuscripts of the Middle Ages. A particularly fine example is the Peterborough Bestiary produced around 1300 with great knowledge of art and nature in an East Anglian abbey. Dogs, horses, monkeys and lions, deer, sirens, and the phoenix, feature among the more than 100 animals painted and described in the book which, in accordance with the custom of the time, interprets their behaviour from a Christological perspective. People believed in animals that did not exist and fabulous qualities were attributed to many real animals. Exuberant decoration with miniatures, decorated initials, drolleries and scrollwork The Peterborough Bestiary is among the most sumptuously decorated extant bestiaries. A total of 104 miniatures adorn all pages of the manuscript: they are either set on glowing golden grounds within coloured Gothic ornamental frames or on colourfully patterned grounds framed in gold. 108 colourfully decorated initials extending over several lines precede the individual chapters on each animal. Their decoration alternatively consists of either biomorphic interlace or of small male or female portraits. These are a typical feature of English book production. Coloured scrollwork runs in the intercolumnar space, housing small birds and drolleries. The page format of 34.8 x 23.6 cm makes the Peterborough Bestiary one of the largest manuscripts of its kind.

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