Historisches Archiv der Stadt Köln, W 258A
(De animalibus)


Produced: Germany, c. 1260
Location: Historisches Archiv der Stadt Köln, Cologne, Germany
Type: Single-author
Language: Latin
Folios: 427
Author: Albertus Magnus
Illustrated: No
Scribe: Albertus Magnus
Media: Parchment
Dimensions: Height: 21 cm Width: 15 cm


A commentary by Albertus Magnus on De animalibus by Aristotle, with additions by Albertus.

This copy of De animalibus is thought to be an autograph copy in Albert's own hand.

[From Scanlan, page 15]

On the recto and verso sides of each page is an average of 38 to 51 lines of script. Though inscribed by one writer, the varied colors of ink employed in different sections indicates that the manuscript was composed over a period of time, perhaps as long as several years. There seems little doubt that this was among the books which Albert bequeathed to the library of the 'studium generale' at Cologne before his death. As late as 1483 an inventory of the books in this Dominican cloister included a volume on the nature's of animals in Albert's own hand ('de manu sua').

Additional Descriptions

None known

Editions and Facsimiles

Printed editions

Stadler, 1916-20
Scanlan (trans.), 1987