Forschungsbibliothek Gotha, Memb. II 143
(De natura rerum libri XX)


Produced: Germany (Kloster St. Matthias Trier), 14th century
Current Location: Forschungsbibliothek Gotha, Gotha, Germany
Manuscript Type: Encyclopedia
Language: Latin
Folios: 224
Author: Thomas of Cantimpré
Illustrated: No
Media: Parchment
Dimensions: Height: 20.5 cm Width: 14.5 cm
Folio 52r


The De natura rerum libri XX, an encyclopedia by Thomas of Cantimpré is on folio 3r-220v. This is the Liber de natura rerem version with 20 books instead of 19; the additional book is on eclipses and celestial motion. Each book is preceded by a table listing the titles of the chapters in that book.

The De natura rerum libri XX is followed by an unidentified text on animals (folio 221r-224r), possibly derived from the Physiologus, describing about 15 birds and beasts. That part of the manuscript is in a different script; it is damaged with several pages missing large sections.

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