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[Boaistuau, Pierre (1500-1566)]

Monsters; Poetry; Veterinary Medicine
Wellcome Library
Boaistuau, Pierre (1517-1566), MS.136, 0d7b1094-d5e6-49af-9d15-cf3a0c55b09d, ISAD(G), fre, MS.136, [1559], 1 volume, 146 [148] 11. (last 3 blank). 4to. 23 x 161/2 cm. Original sides of the presentation-binding inlaid: these are of calf, with gilt centre and corner-pieces tooled in a fine arabesque design on a ground dotted with semis of three dots. Edges gilt and gauffered, dated 1560. In a red morocco slip-case, rdacontent, text, rdamedia, unmediated, rdacarrier, volume, This is an Item level record: click on the appropriate options to consult it in the Rare Materials Room, provided it is not Closed, or to order copies. If the Item has been digitised there will also be a link at this level to a digital facsimile, Item record level, The papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material. A digitised copy is available to view via the online catalogue on the Wellcome Library website, Open, Boaistuau, Pierre (1517-1566), Histoires prodigieuses. The author's own copy dedicated to Queen Elizabeth. The title-page and the last leaf of the ̀Pr?face au Lecteur' are wanting. Illustrated with 42-three-quarter-page miniatures in gold and colours, and 33 small illuminated initials. Text within red rules, Wellcome Library, A digitised copy is held by the Wellcome Library, GB, Images are supplied for private research only at the Archivist's discretion. Please note that material may be unsuitable for copying on conservation grounds. Researchers who wish to publish material must seek copyright permission from the copyright owner, Purchased at Sotheby's 7/12/1931, Lot 25, 65026, In French, Database description transcribed from S.A.J. Moorat, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts on Medicine and Science in the Wellcome Historical Medical Library (London: Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, 1962-1973), From the Library of I.T. Adams of Snaithfield, Sheffield, The printed edition, which first appeared in June 1560 in Paris, differs considerably in arrangement and otherwise from this MS. The Dedication to the Queen and the ̀Ode pour la Royne' do not appear in the printed edition, which is dedicated to a French nobleman. The circumstances surrounding the creation of the manuscript, its presentation to Elizabeth I, and its relationship with later printed editions, are explored by Stephen Bamforth in his introduction to Pierre Boaistuau, Histoires Prodigieuses (edition de 1561) edition critique (Droz Geneva, 2010); the text of the manuscript itself was earlier published bilingually in Pierre Boaistuau, Histoires Prodigieuses: Ms.136 Wellcome Library, sous la direction de/edited by Stephen Bamforth, Francais/English (Milan, Franco Maria Ricci, 2000). Bamforth's work has led to significant revision of the original catalogue description by Moorat, who nevertheless accurately reflected the current state of scholarship at the time, Poetry, Veterinary Medicine, Monsters, Archives, MS136