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Facsimile; Codex Bestiario de Oxford, from the 12th century, Ashmole 1511 manuscript, from the Bodleian Library - 1983

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Copy number V of a print run of 495 copies. Very decorated with capital letters and bright colours. With more than 120 miniatures on gold with depictions of real or mythological animals as well as plants, men and biblical scenes

Condition: As new
Language: Spanish, Latin
Edition: Illustrated Edition
Publication year oldest item: 1983
Author/ Illustrator: Elías Ashmole
Book Title: Códice Bestiario de Oxford
Number of Books: 2
Publisher: Edces. De arte y bibliofilia/University of Oxford
Binding/ Material: Leather
Extras: Numbered edition, With slipcase
Subject: Curio & ephemera, Illustrated, Incunabula & early printing
Object: Book

Codex Bestiario de Oxford, from the 12th century, Ashmole 1511 manuscript, from the Bodleian Library. Translation by Carmen Andreu. A codicological, aesthetic study by Xénia Muratova and a study on bestiaries in medieval literature by Daniel Poirion - Ediciones de Arte y Bibliofilia / University of Oxford, 1983 - 104 sheets (Latin) and a volume of comments, 172 pages (Spanish).

It a codex on animals. Very decorated with capital letters and bright colours. With more than 120 miniatures on gold with depictions of real or mythological animals as well as plants, men and biblical scenes. Copy number V of a print run of 495 copies.

Binding: Full leather, spine and covers decorated with gold figures, volume of comments bound in fabric. Slipcase bound in fabric and boards.

Size: 29 x 20 cm

Condition of the work: Like new. The book of comments still with the plastic packing.


* There is only one existing manuscript, which has been preserved intact for centuries: the Ashmole 1511 of the Oxford Bestiary, in the Bodleian Library. This one stands out for the high artistic quality of its drawings dating back to the 12th century. This remarkable work of art is one of the most prominent works of the English painting of the transition from Romanesque to Gothic.

All the figures appearing in this bestiary are a reliable approach to the mode of interpreting nature typical of the Middle Ages. The Oxford codex is lavishly decorated with gold leaf and includes magnificent representations of animals, plants and men, which are characterized by a bright gouache and a clear, calm and symmetrically balanced composition with a bright colourful composition. Virtually no other bestiary has such a wide repertoire of examples.

Superb edition of a manuscript from the collection of Freemason alchemist and astrologer Elias Ashmole (1617-1692), preserved in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Printed in regular, uniform Gothic script, with red and blue filigree upper case of modest dimensions, six pages adorned with spectacular full-page miniatures, all on gold colour, among which the image of Christ or God the Creator stand out, and 131 very beautiful illustrations with polychrome figures of animals, all equally on gold, showing a good knowledge of natural sciences. This work is a didactic treatise on the allegorical, religious and moral relevance of the animals mentioned in the Bible and has a double significance: it presents the idea that knowing the natural world is a way to get close to God as well as a way of praising the Creator. Moral literature. Zoology. Natural sciences. Facsimile and medieval.

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