Manuscript: MS. Douce 151
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Bodleian Library, MS. Douce 151
 

Produced: France (?), 13th-14th century

Language: Latin

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Media: Parchment
Script: Court hand

Folios: 90  Height: 25.4 cm   Width: 19.1 cm

Manuscript type: Bestiary

Location: Bodleian Library (University of Oxford), Oxford, England, United Kingdom

Family: Second

 



 | Copyright 2003 Bodleian Library, Oxford University | Folio 80v


 
Description

Incipit liber de naturis bestiarum... The bestiary is preceded by an imperfect copy of the first chapter of Genesis on folio 1r. There is some correspondence between this bestiary text and the text ascribed to Hugh of St Victor, books 2 and 3. Begins 'Leo fortissimus bestiarum ... Bestiarum vocabulum proprie conuenit leonibus '. Ends imperfect in the chapter on the crocodile. Many colored illustrations.

Also includes excerpts from the Aviarium of Hugh of Fouilloy. Medieval Book of Birds: Hugh of Fouilloy's Aviarium (Binghampton, NY, 1992) Clark aviary group: Aberdeen.

This manuscript is iconographically paired with Bodleian Library MS. Ashmole 1511; Medieval Latin and French Bestiaries (Chapel Hill, 1962) McCulloch calls Douce 151 "a poor copy" of Ashmole 1511, and says it is of the 14th century (the Bodleian Summary Catalog says 13th century).

Bodleian Summary Catalogue number 21725.


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