British Library, Additional MS 27944
(On the Properties of Things)


Produced: England, c. 1410
Location: British Library, London, England, UK
Type: Encyclopedia
Language: English
Folios: 335
Author: Bartholomaeus Anglicus
Illustrated: No
Binding: 18th century brown leather
Media: Parchment
Script: Anglican formata; Cursiva formata
Dimensions: Height: 42 cm Width: 29.5 cm


John Trevisa's English translation of the De proprietatibus rerum (On the Properties of Things) of Bartholomaeus Anglicus. Folio 2r has an alphabetic table of contents by book; folio 8r has Trevisa's verse introduction. Vine and flower decorations at the start of each book; initials at the start of each chapter are alternately gilt on magenta and blue on red, with simple penwork in the margins. One miniature in an initial (f. 8r), showing a cleric at a reading desk.

[adapted from the British Library description]

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Seymour, 1975