Fitzwilliam Museum, MS 254


Produced: England, 1220-30
Location: Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, England, UK
Type: Miscellany
Family: Third
Language: Latin
Folios: 46
Illustrated: Yes
Media: Parchment
Dimensions: Height: 27.7 cm Width: 18 cm
Folio 10r



Fragments of the 'Dialogues' of Gregory the Great (Pope Gregory I), book III, chapters 16-17, 21-6 (ff. i-ii, iii-iv).

Mappa Mundi (map of the world, f. 1r).

Bestiary (folio 1r-48r): 'Omnibus animantibus' (extracts from book 12 of the 'Etymologiae' of Isidore of Seville), ending imperfectly (ff 2r-v), Extracts from book 1 (Megacosmus) of the De Mundi Universitate of Bernardus Silvestris (ff. 2v-4r), Domestic Beasts (ff. 4v-12r), Wild Beasts (ff. 13r-21v), Canis (ff. 21v-22r), Amphibia (ff. 24r-v), De Generibus Avium (ff. 25r-32r), Fishes (ff. 32v-36r), Amphibia (f. 36r), Snakes (ff. 36v-41r), Worms and insects (ff. 41r-44v), Fabulous Monsters (ff. 44v).

Extracts (with interpolations and additions) from the 'De remediis fortuitorum' of Seneca, beginning imperfectly (ff. 45r-46v).

Decoration: Drawings: The Fabulous Nations (f. 1r); Mappa Mundi (f. 1v); drawings of beasts throughout in bold colors, usually without frames or backgrounds; initials in blue with red penwork and red.

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