Bodleian Library, MS. e Mus. 136
(De bestiis)


Produced: England, late 13th century
Location: Bodleian Library (University of Oxford), Oxford, England, UK
Type: Bestiary
Family: Third
Language: Latin
Folios: 49
Author: Hugo de Folieto
Illustrated: Yes
Binding: 15th century brown leather
Media: Parchment
Dimensions: Height: 22.9 cm Width: 16.8 cm
Folio 1v


A bestiary based in part on De bestiis of Hugo de Folieto. Numerous illustrations, lightly colored in green, red, brown, etc. The text begins: 'Cum uoluntas conditoris cuiuscumque rei condite natura sit.' A leaf is missing after f.28, and f.30/31 should come before f.29.

Folio 1r-3r are on the monstrous human races, with two near full page illustrations.

It is thought to be of English origin (but not listed in James), though the Bodleian Summary Catalogue suggests it may have been written in the Netherlands, and McCulloch (p.39) notes that it "might have been written in the Netherlands and is ascribed to Hugo of Folieto."

The text is nearly identical to that in part E of Bodleian Library MS. Douce 88. The illustrations are simple pen drawings.

Bodleian Summary Catalogue number 3522.

Additional Descriptions

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Editions and Facsimiles

Digital facsimiles

Bodleian Library (partial, 15 images from photographic slides)