British Library, Royal MS 6 C I


Produced: England (Canterbury, St. Augustine's), late 11th century
Current Location: British Library, London, England, UK
Manuscript Type: Encyclopedia
Language: Latin
Folios: 162
Author: Isidore of Seville
Illustrated: No
Media: Parchment
Script: Caroline miniscule
Dimensions: Height: 32 cm Width: 23.5 cm
Folio 108v


The twenty books of Isidore of Seville's Etymologiae, with the brief preface, which occurs twice, both before and after the table of books. Preface incipit: 'En tibi sicut pollicitus sum misi opus' (f. 3v); text incipit: 'Disciplina a discendo nomen accepit' (f. 4r).Decoration: Initials in red, green, purple, or yellow throughout, some with arabesque decoration (ff. 35v, 40v, 93r, 98r, 103r, 110v, 123r, 134v). Figures in the text (f. 122v), and symbols and figures explained in the text, highlighted in green (ff. 9r-9v, 25v-26v). Colored diagrams:f. 30r: diagram of the positions of the moon and drawings of the phases of the moon.f. 78v: diagram of affinity.f. 108v: diagram of a 'T-O' (tripartite) map of the inhabited world, showing the relative positions of the three known continents (Asia, Europa, and Africa). - [British Library catalog description]

The animal descriptions are not illustrated.

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