St John's College (Oxford) Library, MS. 61
|Produced:||England (York), 13th century|
|Location:||St John's College (Oxford) Library (University of Oxford), Oxford, England, UK|
|Binding:||17th century dark brown leather|
|Dimensions:||Height: 29.3 cm Width: 21 cm|
Bodleian Library MS Ashmole 1511; also to the Pseudo-Hugh of St Victor De bestiis et aliis rebus book 3 text in Migne, PL 177:83-136. The illustrations resemble those in Cambridge University Library MS Ii. 4. 26.
Incipit: Omnibvs animantibus adam primus vocabula indidit appellans unicuique nomen ex presenti institutione
Explicit: ab adam usque nunc in filios inobedientie debachatvr
There are about 90 illustrations of the animals, with most chapters up to f. 69v illustrated, mostly on a gold background. Many have English captions in the margins, of ca. late 15th century. There are also five full-page illustrations: f. 1v - Creation, in four cartoons (God creating the birds and beasts; God creating Eve from Adam's side; the fall; the expulsion); f. 2r - Adam naming the animals; f. 3v - three lion illustrations; f. 68r - the salamander (man lying under a tree filled with salamanders poisoning the fruit); f. 103v - fire stones (lapides igniferi). Five additional full-page illustrations may have been on removed leaves (based on the related manuscripts): after f.23 - dogs (two pages); after f. 35 - eagles; after f. 72 - whale; after f. 85 - Isidore writing his book.
About five leaves missing; note on folio 1 says "This volume contains 103 folios now in 1816, about ten having been cut out at some former period by me P.B."
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