Manuscript

Bibliothèque Nationale de France, fr. 135
(Livre des proprietés des choses)

Codicology

Produced: France (Le Mans), 1445-1450
Location: Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris, France
Type: Encyclopedia
Language: French
Folios: 358
Author: Bartholomeus Anglicus
Illustrated: Yes
Media: Parchment
Folio 65r

Description

The De proprietatibus rerum of Bartholomaeus Anglicus (Bartholomew the Englishman), in the French translation completed in 1372 for Charles V by Jean Corbichon, who is pictured on folio 29r presenting his book to the king. The manuscript has only a few illustrations; none are of beasts.

Volume one of two volumes (fr.135 and fr. 136). This volume contains Book 1 to 9; fr. 136 contains Book 10 to 19, which includes the three books on animals (12, 13, 18)

Two folios are bound out of order in Book 9 (time), displacing the two folios that belong there. The misbound folios are both from Book 18 (animals); the correct folios for Book 9 are bound into Book 18 (as folios 169 and 174) which is found in fr. 136.

  • Folio 169 from Book 18 is bound into Book 9 where it is numbered Page 335/336. It contains the last part of the chapter on the pig, the complete chapters on the louse and the flea, and the start of the chapter on the unicorn.
  • Folio 174 from Book 18 is bound into Book 9 where it is numbered Page 345/346. It contains the complete chapters on the wild cow (except the rubric) and the calf, and the start of the chapter on the male bear.

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