Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Bremen, Ms. 39
(Der Naturen Bloeme)


Produced: Netherlands, 1453
Current Location: Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Bremen, Breman, Germany
Manuscript Type: Encyclopedia
Language: Middle Dutch
Folios: 140
Author: Jacob von Maerlant
Illustrated: Yes
Media: Paper
Dimensions: Height: 27 cm Width: 20.5 cm
Folio 24r


Contains Der Naturen Bloeme by Jacob van Maerlant, a natural history encyclopedia. Illustrated with numerous small (mostly quarter column width) brown or black ink drawings, some tinted with color, on color and gold backgrounds with gold frames.

The encyclopedia is in 12 books:

  1. Of humans (including the Monstrous Human Races): Folio 7v
  2. Of the quadrupeds : Folio 43r
  3. Of the birds : Folio 73v
  4. Of the wonders
  5. Of the Sea : Folio 83r
  6. Of the fishes : Folio 92v
  7. Of the dragons and serpents : Folio 99v
  8. Of the insects : Folio 109r
  9. Of the trees
  10. Of the forest : Folio 116r
  11. Of trees : Folio 121v
  12. Of plants and herbs : Folio 127r
  13. Of Wells and springs : Folio 128v
  14. Of the precious stones : Folio 127r

This is the manuscript copy designated Br.

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