'Liber de natura rerum secundum diuersos philosophos' and 'Testamenta duodecim patriarcharum filiorum Jacob, secundum translationem Johannis Crisostomi de hebreo in grecum', Written in the first half of the 14th century
- Fol. 3. 'Liber de natura rerum secundum diuersos philosophos' in nineteen books, with a prologue, and separate lists of chapters for nearly every book. The first book is 'De anathomia humani corporis' (beg. 'Partes corporis humani principaliter create sunt') and the last 'De iiijor elementis' (beg. 'Generaliter primo dicendum est', fol. 226): the intermediate books are on man's soul, monsters, the animal kingdom, the vegetable kingdom, the mineral kingdom, and cosmography. The author, who wrote the treatise while Jacobus de Yitriaco was bishop of Tusculum (1228-41: fol. 1v), appears to be unknown.
- Fol. 232. 'Testamenta duodecim patriarcharum filiorum Jacob, secundum translationem Johannis Crisostomi de hebreo in grecum': beg. 'Transcriptum testamenti Ruben ... Filii mei ego morior': the Latin translation is attributed to bp. Robert Grosseteste.
- Creation: Written in the first half of the 14th century
Language of Materials
MS. Selden Supra 75
Old Selden mark = 75
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. II, no. 3463
'Tho: Frerj', about A.D. 1600.
Manuscript 3478 acquired by the Bodleian Library
On parchment, with illuminated borders, capitals, etc.
8 1/2 × 6 7/8 in.