Manuscript: MS. e Mus. 136
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Bodleian Library, MS. e Mus. 136
(De bestiis)
 

Produced: England, late 13th century

Language: Latin

Author: Hugo de Folieto
Illustrator: 
Scribe: 

Binding: 15th century brown leather
Media: Parchment
Script: 

Folios: 49  Height: 22.9 cm   Width: 16.8 cm

Manuscript type: Bestiary

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

Family: Third

 



 | Copyright 2003 Bodleian Library, Oxford University | Folio 3v


 
Description

A bestiary based in part on De bestiis of Hugo de Folieto. Numerous illustrations, lightly colored in green, red, brown, etc. The images are mostly drawings, often crudely done. There are several illustrations of the monstrous races of human.

The text begins: 'Cum uoluntas conditoris cuiuscumque rei condite natura sit.' A leaf is missing after f.28, and f.30/31 should come before f.29.

It is thought to be of English origin (but not listed in The Bestiary: Being A Reproduction in Full of Ms. Ii 4. 26 in the University Library, Cambridge, with supplementary plates from other manuscripts of English origin, and a preliminary study of the Latin bestiary as current in England (Oxford, 1928) James), though the Bodleian Summary Catalogue suggests it may have been written in the Netherlands, and Medieval Latin and French Bestiaries (Chapel Hill, 1962) McCulloch (p.39) notes that it "might have been written in the Netherlands and is ascribed to Hugo of Folieto."

Leaves i-ii are from a 12th-century breviary of Netherlands origin.

The text is nearly identical to that in part E of Bodleian Library MS. Douce 88.

Bodleian Summary Catalogue number 3522.


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Digital facsimiles: Bodleian Library (partial)

 

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