Morgan Library, MS M.832
(De naturis bestiarum)


Produced: Austria, c. 1150
Location: Morgan Library, New York, New York, USA
Type: Miscellany
Family: First; Dicta Chrysostomi
Language: Latin
Folios: 10
Author: Pseudo-Joannes Chrysostomus
Illustrated: Yes
Binding: Modern tan oasis niger
Media: Vellum
Script: Minuscule
Dimensions: Height: 28.6 cm Width: 20.3 cm
Folio 10r


Bestiary; written and illustrated in the Benedictine monastery of Göttweig in Austria, manuscript no. 39 (Cat. 101) in the monastery; purchased from H.P. Kraus in 1950.


  • Rabanus Maurus, De inventione linguarum, a treatise on alphabets (excerpts, f.1r-1v)
  • Pseudo-Joannes Chrysostomus, De naturis bestiarum (f 2r-10v). Bestiary title in rubrics: Incipiunt dicta Johanne Crisostimi. De naturis bestiarum

Other manuscripts with these texts include Vienna, Osterreichische Nationalbibliothek, Cod. 1010 and British Library, Sloane MS 278.

32 colored drawings. The illustrations are simple colored pen drawings, shaded in red, green or lavender.

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