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A phoenix, in Guy de la Garde, L’Histoire et description du Phoenix

1550

The British Library

The British Library

In 1550, when new animals were constantly being discovered, the French author, Guy de la Garde, devoted this entire book to the phoenix. It is printed on vellum (calf-skin), and includes hand-painted illustrations. Phoenixes are historically associated with the Sun. The seven-feathered crest on the bird’s head corresponds to the seven rays which traditionally emit from the head of Helios, the Greek god of the Sun. Shown here: sigs. Ci recto

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  • Title: A phoenix, in Guy de la Garde, L’Histoire et description du Phoenix
  • Date Created: 1550
  • Location: British Library, London, UK
  • Location Created: Paris
  • Type: Printed book
  • Original Source: G.10992.
  • Rights: Public Domain in most countries other than the UK. For more information visit: https://www.bl.uk/help/how-to-reuse-images-of-unpublished-manuscripts

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