Columbia University Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Plimpton MS 263
(De Proprietatibus rerum)


Produced: England, 2nd quarter 15th century
Location: Columbia University Rare Book and Manuscript Library (Columbia University), New York, NY, USA
Type: Encyclopedia
Language: English
Folios: 388
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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