The Aberdeen Bestiary

Folio 3v - blank page


Folio 4r - blank page


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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:

Text

  1. The original capitalisation is retained, but capitals have been added for personal and place names, excluding deus and diabolus.
  2. The original punctuation, including a point and inverted semi-colon (both serving as commas), and a point (serving as a full stop), is represented by comma, full stop and question-mark; a colon has been inserted before quotations.
  3. Suggested readings are in [ ].
  4. Variants from other Bestiary texts (eg Ashmole 1511 and Patrologia Latina 176) are added where they indicate a corruption, elucidate a meaning and replace excised text. They are represented as [A: PL:]

Translation

  1. Direct quotations from the Bible, where identified, are cited from the Authorised Version in ( ).
  2. Paraphrased quotations are identified where possible and indicated as: (see Job, 18:22).
  3. Suggested translations of corrupt words are in [ ].
  4. Capitalisation is sparing; additional punctuation has been used where necessary to give the sense. Paragraphs have been created to break up the text.

COMMENTARY

Blank page with pricking for design transfer. This page and f.4r were deliberately left blank and probably intended to be glued together. This would be to support f.4v which illustrates the monumental Christ in Majesty, weighty with gold leaf and seeping saturated colour onto f.4r. As a result, the pricking and seepage on f.3r do not damage the image on f.4v. If f.3v and 4r were intended to be glued together, this suggests the pricking took place soon after the Adam and Eve scene was complete. Between exactly the same images, Creation of Adam and Eve and Christ in Majesty, Ashmole also has blank pages, on f.7v and f.8r.

COMMENTARY

Blank page, with green seeping through from f.4v. This page and f.3v were intended to be glued together to prevent the pricking on f.3r from damaging f.4v. This leaf was also unsuitable for use because of the green seepage. See f.3v for further explanation of the blank pages.