Bibliothèque Nationale de France, fr. 136
(Livre des proprietés des choses)
|Produced:||France (Le Mans), 1445-1450|
|Location:||Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris, France|
The De proprietatibus rerum of Bartholomaeus Anglicus (Bartholomew the Englishman), in the French translation completed by Jean Corbichon in 1372 for Charles V.
Volume two of two volumes (fr. 135 and fr.136). The first volume in fr. 135 contains Books 1 to 9; this volume contains Book 10 to Book 19, which includes the three books of interest here, 12, 13 and 18.
Each book in this volume has a color illustration. There is large illustration showing groups of birds (Book 12) and animals (Book 18). For the bird chapter there are very small illustrations of birds at the start of each chapter. The individual animal chapters are not illustrated. The artist was highly skilled; many of the bird illustrations are works of art.
Two folios are bound out of order in Book 18 (animals), displacing the two folios that belong there. The misbound folios are both from Book 9; the correct folios for Book 18 are bound into Book 9 which is found in fr. 135.
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