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Bestiary, written in the 13th cent. in France (?)

MS. Douce 151
Held at the Weston Library

  • Request

'Incipit liber de naturis bestiarum': beg. 'Leo fortissimus bestiarum ... Bestiarum vocabulum proprie conuenit leonibus.' The first chapter of Genesis precedes on fol. 1, not quite perfect. The work to some extent corresponds with bks. ii and iii of the work sometimes printed as by Hugo de S. Victore (bk. ii of which is believed to be by Hugo de Folieto), and ends imperfect in the chapter 'de Cocodrillo' (Crocodilo), with '& occurrens regibus': Douce has added an index of the animals described. The writing is court-hand, and there are many illustrations.


  • Creation: written in the 13th cent. in France (?)


90 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin


MS. Douce 151

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. IV, no 21725

Our best descriptions for medieval items in this collection are in Medieval Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries under MSS. Douce.

Physical Facet

On parchment, with many coloured figures of animals, etc.


10 × 7 1/2 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom