Bern Physiologus

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Folio 12v of the Bern Physiologus.

The Bern Physiologus (Bern, Burgerbibliothek, Codex Bongarsianus 318) is a 9th-century illuminated copy of the Latin translation of the Physiologus. It was probably produced at Reims about 825-850. It is believed to be a copy of a 5th-century manuscript. Many of its miniatures are set, unframed, into the text block, which was a characteristic of late-antique manuscripts. It is one of the oldest extant illustrated copies of the Physiologus.


  • Calkins, Robert G. (1983). Illuminated books of the Middle Ages. Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press. ISBN 0-8014-1506-3. OCLC 9394443.[page needed]

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