Oxford, Bodleian Library, Ms. Ashmole 1511

Oxford Bestiary Facsimile Edition

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Extremely widespread during the late 12th century, Bestiaries were illustrated animal books whose depictions related to the Biblical text in an allegorical ways. The Oxford Bestiary is possibly one of the best examples among books of this kind from the central middle ages. 

The Oxford Bestiary: an Opulent Work of Art

With its lavish gold-leaf inserts, this manuscript is exceptional for both its depictions of animals in matte though brilliant colors, but also for the illustrations depicting plants, trees and human characters. The artist's sense of symmetry, the sophisticated decorations and diaper-pattern backgrounds suggest that he truly was a master in his art. 

A Universe in Miniature

The animal 130 miniatures in the Oxford Bestiary are really incredible: their depictions of birds, snakes, worms and fish are often fantastic and marvelous. One can often find a crocodile with a snake's head and bird paws, an eccentrically colored panther and so on. These allegorical depictions were certainly based on the artist's free interpretation of what he could find in other treatises and books.     

We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "Oxford Bestiary": Das Bestiarium facsimile edition, published by Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt (ADEVA), 1982

Das Bestiarium

Graz: Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt (ADEVA), 1982

  • Commentary (French, German, Spanish) by Unterkircher, F.
  • Limited Edition: 4500 copies
  • This facsimile is complete (full-size color reproduction of the whole original document).

Complete colour facsimile edition of the 244 pp. (105 + 17 fol.) and of the inner end pages in original size 280 x 180 mm. The manuscript comprises about 130 miniatures with animal illustrations on richly gilded background.All folios are cut according to the original. Commentary volume: Transcription and translation of the text into German by F. Unterkircher, Vienna. Limited edition: 4500 numbered copies worldwide. Only 980 numbered copies are reserved for the not French and Spanish speaking areas.

Binding

The all leather binding is a faithful replica of a Romanic binding, presently in the possession of Austrian National Library in Vienna.

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