(c. 1200-1259)

Book of Additions

c. 1250
Manuscript (Cotton MS Nero D I
British Library, London

This manuscript contains maps, the lives of the first 23 abbots of St Albans with a miniature portrait of each, and a version of his well-known drawing of an elephant on folio 169v, shown here.

This animal was drawn after nature, Matthew Paris saw himself it after it had been given to Henry III in 1235.

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