Fitzwilliam Museum, MS 251
(Livre des propriétés des choses)


Produced: Paris, ca. 1415
Location: Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, England, UK
Type: Encyclopedia
Language: French
Folios: 363
Author: Bartholomeus Anglicus
Illustrated: Yes
Media: Parchment
Script: Gothic bookhand
Dimensions: Height: 39.6 cm Width: 28.5 cm
Folio 16r


Contains the fully illustrated Livre des propriétés des choses of Bartholomeus Anglicus.

De proprietatibus rerum (On the Properties of Things), written in Latin by c. 1240, was translated into French in 1372 by Jean Corbechon, chaplain of Charles V of France (1338-1380). Corbechon produced the French version at the command of the king who was an avid bibliophile. Commissioned by Amadeus VIII, Count of Savoy (1383-1451) and grandnephew of Charles V, this spectacular copy of Corbechon’s text was illuminated by the Master of the Mazarine Hours in Paris c. 1415. - [Fitzwilliam Museum catalog]

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