British Library, Add MS 62925, detail of f. 58v. Psalter, Use of Sarum (‘The Rutland Psalter’). c. 1260
Bathing cat - medieval French proverb 'aussi aise que ung chat qui ce baingne'. Book of hours, Rouen 15th century (Paris, BnF, Nouvelle acquisition latine 3134, fol. 18v) Discarding images
Hunting scene. Egerton 2388 Author Jean Benard Title Account of the Norman noblemen who accompanied William the Conqueror to England in 1066; a treatise on Elizabethan heraldry and genealogy; and an account on the Court of Queen Elizabeth Origin France, Central (Paris) Date 1569
Creatures and cannibals. Treatise on the Vices. British Library, London. Add ms 28841 fol 3r. 165x102. I love this one. Firstly there is the white bear. There is a period reference to a man (northern europe I believe) having a white bear in his menagerie. Whether it is an albino or a polar bear is unclear. Secondly, that is a bactrian camel. THis is Asian not middle easter as most camels were.Thirdly, there seems to be some confusion over giraffes and zebras. Somehow I find that delightful.
'Hours of Engelbert of Nassau', Flanders ca. 1470-1490. Bodleian Library, MS. Douce 219, fol. 96v
A tiny drawing of a kangaroo curled in the letters of a 16th-century Portuguese manuscript could rewrite Australian history. The document, ...
Detail of a miniature of a man riding on a donkey, head in hand, across a bridge, as a personification of Idleness (Peresse), in the Penitential Psalms, from The Dunois Hours, France (Paris), c. 1339 – c. 1450, Yates Thompson MS 3, f. 162r