2004 facsimile edition of the Faksimile Verlag publishing house, Luzern, in co-edition with the Italian Salerno Editrice, Rome, and the Japanese Yushodo Co., Tokyo, of the original manuscript signature Ms 53 (FF.189R-210V), in the Parker Library from Corpus Christi College and the Blessed Virgin Mary, in Cambridge (UK), known as the Peterborough Bestiary.
The codex contains the description of a hundred animals with biological signs, but also mythological, philosophical and religious. Richly illustrated at the beginning of the 14th century by the monks of the English abbey of Peterborough with one hundred and four miniatures and one hundred and eight capital letters, written in two columns separated by ornamental scrolls with representations of human, vegetable and animal figures.
The Middle Ages read nature, as it is known, as a kind of book through which God spoke to men: hence the production of bestiaries, lapidary herbaria, dedicated to the often figurative description, respectively, of animals, herbs and plants, investigated as words of the divine message. Among the many, one of the most precious examples of this type of codices is the Peterborough Bestiary, produced in an abbey in the east of England around the year 1300 with the contribution of extremely competent artists in the field of figurative art and physiology. . Dogs, horses, monkeys, lions, elephants, deer, mermaids, the legendary phoenix, and other real and imaginary animals are depicted with suggestive features in the hundreds of figures, often depicted on a gold background, copiously adorning the appendix of the manuscript.
Its facsimile reproduction brings for the first time before the eyes of the general public an extraordinary document of this precious production of medieval books, with the help of a Commentary that also offers the Italian transcription and translation of the famous literary text (Phisiologus, The Physiologist) with the one with the miniatures.
Beautifully bound facsimile in full leather on wood, extraordinarily dry-carved with beautiful motifs alluding to its content, on both planes, in accordance with the original, format 24.5 x 36.5 cm. 46 pages. In perfect state.
Accompanied by a study book in Italian, with the transcription of the Latin text and its translation, made by Salerno, in red editorial fabric hardcover, with a transparent dust jacket, type of protection lining, with a gold title on the front and spine. 21.5 x 30.7 cm. 96 pages. In perfect state.
Both books presented in a methacrylate case, in very good condition, with a curious front cover that makes it closed.
Total edition of 1,480 venal specimens, numbered and certified.
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