Bibliothèque Municipale de Reims, Ms. 993
(Livre des propriétés des choses)


Produced: Paris, 1372-1410
Current Location: Bibliothèque Municipale de Reims, Reims, France
Manuscript Type: Encyclopedia
Language: French
Folios: 313
Author: Bartholomeus Anglicus
Illustrated: Yes
Media: Parchment
Dimensions: Height: 33.8 cm Width: 25 cm
Folio 254v


The Livre des propriétés des choses, an encyclopedia by Bartholomaeus Anglicus, translated by Jean Corbechon.

Chapter 12 (birds) has a four part illustration for the introduction plus small images of most of the birds. Chapter 18 (animals) has a large grid image with multiple animals. The illustrations are not of high quality, and often the background crosshatching dominates, with the animal occupying only a small part of the image. The pigments appear to have undergone color changes over time.

  • Book 12 (birds) : folio 148r-160v
  • Book 13, chapter 26 (fish) : folio 167r-169v
  • Book 18 (animals) : folio 254r-291r

Alternate shelfmark: I. 688.

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Bibliothèque Municipale de Reims (Full, monochorme images)
Bibliothèque virtuelle des manuscrits médiévaux (BVMM) (Decorations only, color)