Huntington Library, HM 1035
(De animalibus)


Produced: Southern Italy, 13th century, 2nd half
Location: Huntington Library, San Marino, California, USA
Type: Single-author
Language: Latin
Folios: 98
Author: Aristotle
Illustrated: No
Binding: 16th century limp parchment
Media: Parchment
Script: Minuscule book hand
Dimensions: Height: 36.8 cm Width: 24 cm
Folio 48v-49r


Aristotle, De animalibus. Translated from the Greek by Michael Scot, completed by 1220.

Incipit liber primus aristotilis de naturis animalium quem transtulit magister michael scotus de greco in latinum et habet in se x libros. Includes De naturis animalium, De partibus animalium and De generatione animalium.

Opening historiated initial, 8-line, depicting a cleric showing a group of animals to monks and students; C-shaped border with biting animal heads and vines. 3 coats of arms in roundels in the lower border: 2 erased; one remains. Rubrics present for the Books only up to f. 46; thereafter both Book and chapter headings noted in the margins in a fifteenth century cursive hand.

Written in southern Italy for a member of the family of Charles I of Anjou, King of Sicily and Naples, 1266-85; the remaining coat of arms on f. 1 is of Anjou.

[Adapted from the Huntington Library catalog]

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