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It is not part of the project to provide a definitive edition of the text of the Bestiary, but to help readers by providing a transcription and translation of the text. Currently the following editorial conventions obtain:
The palm tree and the turtle dove. The text refers to the palm tree, slow growing and forever flourishing. The rubric compares the nest of the turtle dove with the faith in Christ's passion.
This dominating image shows the usual bland white turtle dove in its roundel and square perched in the arms of a cross. The cross represents the tree which conceals the nest, according to the rubric. In the Aviarium several stories are illustrated with heavily inscribed diagrams. For this scene, the Heiligenkreuz Aviary (f. 133v) shows a dove inside a circle in the centre of a cross . The circle and cross are covered in rubric and behind the cross is a rather bushy palm tree (Clark, 1992, fig.5). The Aberdeen artist has used a simplified version of this design, minus the palm tree and most of the rubric. There is a sketch of the cross in the right margin. In the centre of the cross Clark (1992, 269) has deciphered the colour indication ni, meaning niteur, bright or clear. At the lower right of the sketched circle may be the letters 'pp'. Two initials, type 2.
The palm tree. A symbol of virtue, of Christ, the Church and the righteous man.
Three text corrections in margin: 'cu', corrected in adjacent line; 'tur x'; 'figit'. Gathering mark at centre bottom (f). Top right edge, folio mark, one horizontal 'match stick'. Initial type 2.