An Early Manuscript of the Aesop Fables of Avianus and Related Manuscripts
. Princeton University Press . Princeton
ND3395.A35 G6 1947 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This large-format work concentrates on the ten Aesopic fables of Avianus found in Ms. Lat. Nouv. Acq. 1132 at the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris. The miniatures for all ten are reproduced and commented upon here. The miniatures are unfortunately not of high quality. Apparently done around 900 in Northern France, this work is dependent on an earlier model from Southern France. The book also considers the Leyden Romulus (Limoges, c. 1030), which is also a copy. The fables here are from Ademar, and their illustrations are colored. Nine of this manuscript's illuminations are presented, again in black-and-white. A casual observer will want to enjoy Figure 32, which shows the same stone being picked up, given, taken, thrown and as striking (39), i.e., five times on one page. I find the Leyden Manuscript's illuminations much more engaging than those in the Paris Manuscript. Goldschmidt draws more contrasts than comparisons from the two works. Goldschmidt goes on to discuss twelve fables on the Bayeux Tapestry. He then presents in black-and-white four colored illuminations from a Marie de France manuscript from around 1300 in Hamburg. There are also three very helpful illuminations from a manuscript of Vincent of Beauvais. Throughout, Goldschmidt works closely with--and sometimes against--the work of Georg Thiele. This is a helpful visual work.