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A short bestiary, partly from Isidorus's Etymologiae, written in the first half of the 13th cent.

MS. Douce 167
Held at the Weston Library

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Beg. [rubric]'De natura leonis, bestiarum seu animalium regis, [text] Etenim Iacob benedicens ... Phisiologus dicit tres res': ends in a chapter de lupo rapaci, 'Cerberus nostro gaudens interitu.' There are several pictures of animals.

A bookplate (lamp on books, foliage, etc.) with 'No. 146' and the motto 'studio minuente laborem' is in the book, and may belong to -- Sharpe of Coventry, from whom Douce obtained the volume by exchange (see MS. Douce 139), and who wrote a note on fol. ii.


  • Creation: written in the first half of the 13th cent.


15 leaves, in double columns

Language of Materials

  • Latin


MS. Douce 167

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 21741

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

Physical Facet

On parchment, with miniatures


10 1/2 × 7 5/8 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom