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Detailed record for Stowe 1067

Title Bestiary
Origin England
Date 1st half of the 12th century
Language Latin
Script Protogothic
Scribe By two scribes.
Decoration 28 drawings in brown ink, some partially painted in red, green or blue. Small initials in blue or red (the red oxidised), some of the blue with dots of green or red. Highlighting of letters in red. From f. 9, initials in red, and spaces for initials or drawings, and highlighting of letters in red.
Dimensions in mm 245 x 150 (190 x 115)
Official foliation ff. 16 (+ unfoliated paper flyleaves)
Collation Possibly i-ii8 (ff. 1-16).
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Brown leather.
Provenance ? Price code '1-10-0' (f. 1).
Richard Temple-Nugent-Brydges-Chandos-Grenville (b. 1776, d. 1839), 1st duke of Buckingham and Chandos, of Stowe House, near Buckingham.
Richard Temple-Nugent-Brydges-Chandos-Grenville (b. 1797, d. 1861), 2nd duke of Buckingham and Chandos: sold in 1849 to Lord Ashburnham.
Bertram Ashburnham (b. 1797, d. 1878), 4th earl of Ashburnham, of Ashburnham Place, Sussex.
Bertram Ashburnham (b. 1840, d. 1913), 5th earl of Ashburnham: purchased by the British Museum from him together with 1084 other Stowe manuscripts in 1883.
Notes In James's 'First Family' with text derived from the Physiologus with additions from the Etymologies of Isidore of Seville, McCullough's subdivision 'B-Is' version, see McCullough 1962 p. 31; Payne 1990 p. 12.
Select bibliography Catalogue of the Stowe Manuscripts in the British Museum, 2 vols (London: British Museum, 1895-1896), I, no. 1067.

M. R. James, The Bestiary: Being a Reproduction in full of the Manuscript Ii.4.26 in the University Library, Cambridge (Oxford: Roxburghe Club, 1928), p. 10, pl. 3.

Fritz Saxl and Hans Meier, Verzeichnis astrologischer und mythologischer illustrierter Handschriften des lateinischen Mittelalters, ed. by Harry Bober, 4 vols (London: Warburg Institute, 1916-66), III: Handschriften in englischen Bibliotheken (1953), p. 273.

T. S. R. Boase, English Art 1100-1216, Oxford History of English Art, 2 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1957), p. 294 n. 2.

Florence McCulloch, Medieval Latin and French Bestiaries, University of North Carolina Studies in the Romance Languages and Literatures, 33 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1962), pp. 30, 189.

C. M. Kauffmann, Romanesque Manuscripts 1066-1190, Survey of Manuscripts Illuminated in the British Isles, 3 (London: Harvey Miller, 1975), pp. 76, 125.

Dora Faraci, Il bestiario medio inglese (Ms Arundel 292 della British Library) (Rome: Japadre, 1990), p. 258.

Xénia Muratova, ‘Les manuscrits-frères: un aspect particulier de la production des Bestiares enluminés en Angleterre à la fin du Xiie siècle’, in Artistes, Artisans et Production artistique au Moyen Age, ed. by Xavier Barral i Altet, 3 vols (Paris: Picard, 1990), III, Fabrication et consummation de l’Oeuvre, pp. 69-92 (p. 71 n. 12).

Ann Payne, Medieval Beasts (London: British Library, 1990), pp. 12, 25.

Ron Baxter, Bestiaries and Their Users in the Middle Ages (Stroud, Gloucestershire: Sutton Publishing, 1998), pp. 12, 90-100, 145, 147, 172, 174, 193, 207-08.

The Medieval Bestiary: Animals in the Middle Ages, ed. by David Badke, [] [accessed 14 August 2009].

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