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The Bestiary of Christ
This extraordinary and extraordinarily beautiful volume introduces readers to a compendium of animal symbolism that ranks with the greatest of the classical and medieval bestiaries.
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published October 14th 1992 by Parabola Books
(first published May 1st 1992)
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Sep 02, 2008 Maureen rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
One of the great benefits of working in an esoteric bookstore for a time was the opportunity to run across oddly beautiful volumes. Although it was never a best seller, this is a fascinating book. It is abridged from the original one thousand pages to a mere 467, with reproductions of over four hundred original woodcuts. Concentrating on Christian symbolism, it manages to make this topic more than the domain of the pedant. It is a beautiful and intriguing book.
I really enjoyed this book and learned a lot. However, this is definitely a book that will primarily be enjoyed by those that have an interest in symbolism. The first few chapters on the Tetramorph are difficult to understand because the dive into the symbolism is pretty intense. It's gets better and more interesting as the chapters go on. I particularly liked the chapters on the birds. Keep in mind that this book was written in French and at the beginning of the last century, so it can be a ...more