Merton College Library (Oxford), MS. 271
(De animalibus)


Produced: North France (Paris?), 13th century, last quarter
Location: Merton College Library (Oxford), Oxford, England, UK
Type: Single-author
Language: Latin
Folios: 155
Author: Aristotle
Illustrated: Yes
Media: Parchment
Dimensions: Height: 30.5 cm Width: 21.5 cm


Aristotle, De animalibus. Historiated and other initials, partly defaced. Preliminary marginal drawings. Penwork borders and initials.

Contains a standard collection of Aristotle’s works on animals which was lectured on for the Arts degree. This one, made in northern France but at the College by 1372, is unique in its elegant and strikingly frank illustrations of the sex act as performed by humans, birds and animals. - [Merton College Library catalog]

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