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Part of the Reductorium Morale of Petrus Berchorii (an encyclopædia of natural history), including man and animals, written in the 15th cent.

MS. Douce 177
Held at the Weston Library

  • Request

The complete work is in 16 books, including the vegetable and mineral world, but only bks. 1 - 10 are here, with a dedicatory epistle to bp. Petrus de Pratis. The title of the work occurs in the rubrics. Inside the front cover is a parchment fragment of a Latin work on ecclesiastical discipline (? 14th cent.).


  • Creation: written in the 15th cent.


458 leaves, in double columns

Language of Materials

  • Latin


MS. Douce 177

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 21751

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

Custodial History

Given to Douce by Roger Wilbraham, esq.

Physical Facet

On parchment, binding, the original bevelled boards, with modem covering


13 1/8 × 10 1/2 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom