Liber Bestiarum

Limited to 1,980 hand-numbered copies

One of the finest of all surviving bestiaries in an exceptional limited edition facsimile. A treasure of the Bodleian Library, this Bestiary shows the medieval art of illumination at its best, with 135 miniatures glowing with rich, gleaming gold.

Limited Edition

Dating from around 1250, Liber Bestiarum, is one of he most charming of medieval bestiaries. With rich ornamentation in gold and 135 miniatures it may have been designed as the first learning book for a noble child. The facsimile is accompanied by a complete translation by Richard Barber and a sparkling commentary by Christopher de Hamel.


Limited to 1,980 copies
Bound in Wassa goatskin leather
Blocked in gold and three colours, with traditional raised bands on the spine
Binding design by David Eccles
Gilding on all three edges, ribbon marker
137 folios, with 135 miniatures with the original gold leaf reproduced in foiling
282 pages in total

12˝ x 7¾˝

Commentary volume
Translation of the Latin text by Richard Barber andcommentary by Christopher de Hamel

Bound in heritage cloth
174 pages

12˝ x 7¾˝

Presentation box
Bound in buckram with a leather titling label inset on the spine

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