Columbia University Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Plimpton MS 263
(On the properties of things)


Produced: England, 2nd quarter 15th century
Current Location: Columbia University Rare Book and Manuscript Library, New York, NY, USA
Manuscript Type: Encyclopedia
Language: English
Folios: 383
Author: Bartholomaeus Anglicus
Illustrated: No
Scribe: Roger Motram (?)
Binding: ca. 1800, in England in Russia leather
Media: Parchment
Script: Anglicana formata
Dimensions: Height: 55 cm Width: 39 cm
Folio 9r


The early English version of the De proprietatibus rerum of Bartholomaeus Anglicus is on folios 1r-379r. The text is not illustrated, though there are many decorated initials and borders and pen scrollwork. The text was translated from the Latin by John Trevisa. This manuscript has printers' marks throughout, suggesting that it was the source for the first English printed edition, produced in the late fifteenth century by Wynkyn de Worde.

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