Scriptorial of Avranches (Manuscript Museum of Mont Saint-Miche), Ms 28


Produced: France, 13th century
Current Location: Scriptorial of Avranches (Manuscript Museum of Mont Saint-Miche), Avranches, France
Manuscript Type: Miscellany
Physiologus Version: B
Language: Latin
Folios: 232
Illustrated: No
Media: Parchment
Dimensions: Height: 24 cm Width: 160 cm
Sample page - Scriptorial of Avranches (Manuscript Museum of Mont Saint-Michel) Ms. 28
Folio 179r


The De proprietatibus quorundam animalium is on folio 179r-180r.

From Buquet, 2016:

...the second part of the manuscript (dating from the 13th century) [is] a bestiary entitled De proprietatibus quorundam animalium. This is the unique text on animals kept from the library of the Mont Saint-Michel abbey. A short collection of exempla (partly involving animals) is added to the bestiary, and is entitled Ecce similitudines multe de diversis (f. 180-180v). The bestiary and the collection of similitudines seem to form a set which may have had the same use for the compiler. The bestiary is made of about 30 short chapters, from which ten are perfect copies of the B version of the Physiologus; other chapters can be sourced partly in B or Y, but are often summarized and contain original moralizations which differ from other versions of the Latin Physiologus.

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