Introduction The Aberdeen Bestiary

Introduction History Bestiary Codicology Bibliography


The Aberdeen Bestiary (Aberdeen University Library MS 24) is considered to be one of the best examples of its type. The manuscript, written and illuminated in England around 1200, is of added interest since it contains notes, sketches and other evidence of the way it was designed and executed.

The entire manuscript has been digitised using Photo-CD technology, thus creating a surrogate, while allowing greater access to the text itself. The digitised version, offering the display of full-page images and of detailed views of illustrations and other significant features, is complemented by a series of commentaries, and a transcription and translation of the original Latin. The Project was independently evaluated.

The Bestiary Project Team consists of

Michael Arnott (Web Author & Technical Consultant)
Iain Beavan (Project Manager)  
Michael Craig (Photography)  
Jane Geddes (Historical Consultant; commentary)
Morton Gauld (Textual Consultant;transcription and translation)  
Colin McLaren (Textual Consultant; transcription and translation)  
Jane Pirie (Project Assistant)


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