Bibliothèque Nationale de France, fr. 216
(Livre des proprietés des choses)


Produced: Paris, about 1400
Current Location: Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris, France
Manuscript Type: Encyclopedia
Language: French
Folios: 343
Author: Bartholomeus Anglicus
Illustrated: Yes
Script: Gothic bastard
Dimensions: Height: 42 cm Width: 31.5 cm
Sample page - Bibliothéque Nationale de France fr. 216
Folio 171r


The Livre des propriétés des choses (De proprietatibus rerum), an encyclopedia by Bartholomaeus Anglicus, in the French translation by Jean Corbechon.

The three animal-related illustrations do not depict animals individually, but only in groups; they appear at the start of Book 12 (birds), Book 15 (regions of the world), and Book 18 (animals).

  • Book 12 (birds) : folio 171r-184r
  • Book 13, chapter 26 (fish) : folio 191r-193r
  • Book 18 (animals) : folio 283r-322v

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