Detail. Phoenix on its pyre; “Our Lord Jesus Christ exhibits the character of this bird, who says: ‘I have the power to lay down my life and to take it up again'”. Extract. Richly illustrated bestiary manuscript (×mm, fols; Oxford, Bodleian Lib., Ashmole ), written in Latin and illuminated probably in southern. Richly illustrated bestiary manuscript (×mm, fols; Oxford, Bodleian Lib., Ashmole ), written in Latin and illuminated probably in southern.

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First, I must apologize. I did not notice that my text was incomplete until later in the day. I have now rewritten the missing paragraphs and have posted my article again. But, bestisry current post also contains information regarding the history qshmole books. However, the Ashmole Bestiary was written and illuminated on calfskin, or vellumwhich is the superior paper.

Codices are books as we know them, i. The pages were connected to one another using a thread. But, the pages were eventually bound together, which had one important advantage: The Aberdeen Bestiary has incisionsi. Scrolls were read from side to side volumen bedtiary from top to bottom rotulus. Ironically, when we read information on the internet, we use the scroll! There was a time, moreover, when only one side of the folio the page was illuminated and written on calligraphy. In other words, the sequential codex did not have a recto-verso.

The terms Recto and Verso predate the printing-press.

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Recto and VersoWikipedia. The Ashmole Bestiary is a an early Gothic Christianized manuscript. By and large, it features animals that cannot be found in Europe, except for a few. Short of a picture, a tiger might not look like a tiger. Moreover, my post would be too long. The rest follows naturally. There are a few more points I wish bestairy discuss concerning illuminated manuscripts.


March besgiary, at 7: Your choice of music never fails to delight, Micheline… A dalliance of delight…! Hoping you are well, Micheline.

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March 5, at 7: Dear Carolyn, Yes, I am well, but I have uneven eyesight. One eye has been operated on and I can see with extraordinary clarity using that eye. However, the other eye has not been operated on. Until both eyes have been corrected, I will not see very well. As for the music, it has been a life long my passion. I hope you are well. I am so pleased to hear the operation was a success; you must be happy about that.

My brother was right then. He maintains he has extraordinary vision now after having both eyes done. March 7, at 7: Dear Carolyn, I apologize for the delay in answering your note. The first one was a miracle. I will not need to wear glasses or contact lenses anymore. I have never seen so clearly.

Take good care of yourself. March 3, at 7: Another feast, today, Micheline! Thank you for this. It is such a beautiful summary of this fascinating manuscript. HI Micheline, Another great post! I am very drawn to bsstiary woman from Pompeii, holding the wax tablet.

Hi Naomi, I apologize for the delay in answering your note. There are treasures on the internet.

Ashmole Bestiary – Oxford Reference

My best regards, Micheline. March 2, at 7: Spotted tigers and frilly eared elephants; delightful. I must admit the first time I saw the animals in a Kenyan wildlife park I wondered what world I had entered.


The strangeness I felt on that safari is actually well reflected ashmoke the creatures portrayed in the Bestiary. Dear Gallivanta, Those animals are so fanciful. The artists were using written descriptions. Many of the artists and scribes were in monastery. Making illuminations probably gave them great pleasure.

Take care my dear, Micheline. A mother tiger is distracted by a mirror in which she thinks she sees her stolen cub, while the hunter escapes with the cub. Ashmole It is a 13th-century s illuminated manuscript, as is the Aberdeen Manuscript. It consists of folios measuring The Story of Books The Parchment: Early Folio please click on the image to enlarge it Woman holding wax tablets in the form of the codex.

Wall painting from Pompeiibefore 79 D. Please click on the image to enlarge it. Tiny Gallery Please click on the images to enlarge them. Elephant An elephant with a chain through its trunk carries a castle full of soldiers on its back.

Swan The swan bestiafy sweetest when it is about to die. Thank you Carolyn Like Like. Love, Micheline Like Like. My best regards, Micheline Like Like.

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