Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Clm 6908
(Fürstenfelder Physiologus)


Produced: 14th century
Location: Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich, Germany
Type: Miscellany
Family: Dicta Chrysostomi
Language: Latin
Folios: 85
Illustrated: Yes
Media: Parchment
Folio 78r


Tractatus de naturis animalium in XX libros divisus, quorum tres extremi desunt · Physiologus cum figuris pictis

The treatise on the nature of animals is divided into 20 books, of which three are missing. Possibly by Engelbert of Admont (c. 1250-1331), based on the Etymologies of Isidore of Seville. Contains sections on stones (lapidary), the regions of the Earth, astronomical bodies (planets), parts of the human body, and others.

Also contains the Dicta Chrysostomi version of the Physiologus of the Physiologus (starting folio 77v with the lion, ending folio 85v with the cerastes). The Physiologus is illustrated with fairly crude colored drawings, which clearly demonstrate the primary attributes of the beast. Each beast has a rubric naming it and an illustration.

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