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One of the manuscripts in the Universitätsbibliothek in Heidelberg is about Aesop’s fables. It is in the Bibliotheca Palatina and dates back to ca. 1415. [1] The manuscript is one of the many copies of “Der Edelstein”, a collection of fables written by Ulrich Boner, a Swiss monk [2].

Folio 001v shows an adler carrying a gigantic, highly stylised snail with a globose shell (difficult to see how the torsion is), the animal with two tentacles and an eye-spot; a crow is watching from the ground.

CodexPal germ 797_f001v_CodexPal germ 797_f001v_d

Notes:
[1] RKU, Cod. Pal. germ. 794, 84 ff. http://heidicon.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/id/21829; http://bit.ly/1bYoRYy (3.ii.2014).
[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ulrich_Boner.

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