Bibliothèque Nationale de France, lat. 3332
(Liber de moralitatibus)


Produced: France, 14th century
Current Location: Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris, France
Manuscript Type: Single-author
Language: Latin
Folios: 246
Author: Marcus of Orvieto
Illustrated: No
Media: Parchment
Dimensions: Height: 33 cm Width: 24 cm
Folio 97v


Liber de moralitatibus sive de proprietatibus rerum moralisatis (Book on moralities or on the properties of moralized things). A treatise on moralized stories about animals, birds, fish, stones, plants and heavenly bodies by Marcus Urvetanus (Marcus of Orvieto)..

Moralized animal stories are found in several sections. eagle: folio 48r-82r; fish: folio 82r-97v; animals: folio 97v-150r.

From the Bibliothèque Nationale de France catalog

The book begins on the morals of the heavenly bodies, elements, birds, fish, animals, trees or plants and precious stones that either in the venerable Scripture or other authentically under the sign and it is beautifully contained in an elegant mystery... Aquila sets these conditions or properties... Pisces, so in general which is in Christ Jesus... An explicit treatise on fish and their morals... The treatise begins about animals and their moralities, and first about the ram. ... Epilogue: But if any sane man, astrologer, philosopher, theologian, physicist or expert in any capacity has seen anything to be added, diminished or even corrected or clarified in the aforementioned work, I beg the poor compiler of the work to add, reduce, correct and clarify: for without prejudice I have written this for the edification and votive correction of sane men or men.

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