Libellus de Natura Animalium
This Italian fifteenth century Bestiary was printed between 1508 and 1512 in Mondovi. The names of the author and illustrator are in doubt. The beasts are paraded and each image is accompanied with a moralistic text.

The author and the book.
The Pelican feeding its young from its breast
Double page spread with Cicada.
Elephant (and castle)

A hedgehog.
An exotic mermaid: The Sirene.

from the large collection of Sea Monsters.


Bestiaries in the public domain - nine galleries

Pages, beasts, myths, birds, domestic, beaver, people, fishes, insect (1)