British Library, Sloane MS 278
(De avibus / Physiologus)


Produced: Northern Fance/South Netherlands, 1280-1300
Current Location: British Library, London, England, UK
Manuscript Type: Bestiary
Physiologus Version: Dicta Chrystostomi
Aviary Group: Paris
Language: Latin
Folios: 57
Author: Hugh of Fouilloy
Illustrated: Yes
Media: Vellum
Script: Littera textualis formata
Dimensions: Height: 26.7 cm Width: 18.7 cm
Folio 48v


The De avibus or Aviarium by Hugh of Fouilloy is on folio 44r-57r. The Dicta Chrystostomi version of the Physiologus is on folio 44r-57r

The Aviarium is complete, and includes the chapters on the Ibis and Coot (folios 42v-43v) not found in all copies. Illustrations: full color, by one artist. According to Clark (p. 290) the aviary has 31 illustrations, the Ibis and Coot one each, and the Physiologus 23. The chapters and other main divisions begin with colored capitals and pen scrollwork.

Clark Aviary group: Paris.

[From Payne, page 12]

Contains the Aviarium of Hugh of Fouilloy (folio 1r-43v) and the Dicta Chrystostomi version of the Physiologus (folio 44r-57r). The Aviarium has 29 illustrations; the Dicta has 24. Though attributed to the 4th century Bishop John Chrysostom of Constantinople, the Dicta text is probably from France, around 1000 CE. This copy of the Dicta has only 27 chapters, probably because the birds are covered in the Aviarium.

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