Manuscript

Bodleian Library, MS. Bodley 130
(Bodley Herbal and Bestiary)

Codicology

Produced: England, Bury St Edmonds, late 11th century
Location: Bodleian Library, Oxford, England, UK
Type: Miscellany
Language: Latin/Old English
Folios: 95
Illustrated: Yes
Media: Parchment
Folio 78r

Description

Consists of two manuscripts bound together:

  1. Folio 1r- 72v : A corrupt text of the Herbal of Pseudo-Apuleius Barbarus, and extracts from Discorides.
  2. Folio 76r-95r : An abbreviated version of Liber medicina ex animalibus (de virtutibus bestiarum in arte medicinae: on the virtue of animals in the art of medicine) attributed to Sextus Placitus.

Both were copied in England in the 11th century. English translations of Latin names were added in 13th and 14th centuries.

On folio 73r-75r there is a table listing the names of herbs and animals.

Illustrated with colored drawings and some paintings. In the Medicina de quadrupeds the drawings are of animals. Partly copied from an Anglo-Saxon model of the 10th century.

Bodleian Summary Catalog number 27609.

Additional Descriptions

Additional description

Editions and Facsimiles

Printed facsimiles

Microfilm, 1978

Digital facsimiles

Bodleian Library
Bodleian Library (partial, scans from slides)