British Library, Royal MS 15 E II-III
(Des Proprietez des Choses)


Produced: Flemish (Bruges), 1482
Current Location: British Library, London, England, UK
Manuscript Type: Encyclopedia
Language: French
Folios: 576
Author: Bartholomaeus Anglicus
Illustrated: Yes
Media: Vellum
Dimensions: Height: 47 cm Width: 34.3 cm
Folio 49v


French translation by Jean Corbechon of the Liber de proprietatibus rerum of Bartholomaeus Anglicus. In nineteen books. Two volumes. Volume 1 (15 E. ii) contains books 1-11; Volume 2 (15 E. iii), books 12-19. The chapters on number and music in Book 19 (sometimes called Book 20) are here omitted.

The style of the illuminations of the volumes is rather different. Volume 1 has a border with gold ground (f. 7r); Volume 2 a border (f. 11r) with flowers and birds in perspective on a gold ground; both are somewhat more like the books produced at Lilie. The directions for the illuminator were in words, see f. 60r. The subjects of the miniatures [of animals], of very fair execution, are:

  • The author and various kinds of birds. f. 11r.
  • Various animals. f. 49v.
  • Camel, unicorn, lion, dragon, and other animals. f. 200r.

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