A catalogue of Western manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries and selected Oxford colleges

MS. Bodl. 533

Summary Catalogue no.: 2251


Incipit: Bestiar⟨i⟩um uocabulum proprie conuenit leonibus
Explicit: scribe in buxo

A Bestiarum moralizatum or Liber de naturis bestiarum, in about 133 chapters, the last 21 of which (fol. 28) are about trees, not animals.

There are many well-drawn and curious figures of animals, etc.

2. (fol. 29v)
Isidore, Etymologies XI.i.1-147
Incipit: Natura dicta eo quod aliquid
Explicit: Quod ad hominem & partes attinet corporis ex parte dictum est: nunc etatis eius subiungamus
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i + 35 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 8 × 6 in.


2 cols


Pächt and Alexander iii. 433, pl. XXXVII

Fine miniatures


Origin: 13th century, middle ; England

Provenance and Acquisition

The entry which follows this volume in the Benefactors' Register, namely 'De Fundamentis legum Angliæ, & de Conscientia . 8. MS.' refers to a printed book, which bore the press-mark '8° F. 1 Jur.' in 1605, and still bears it

‘Iste liber pertinet ad DO(?)L’, early 16th century

Presented to the Bodleian by 'Edwarde Fletewoode' in 1601

Record Sources

Description adapted (January 2022) by Stewart J. Brookes from the Summary Catalogue (1922). Decoration, localization and date follow Pächt and Alexander (1973)

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (18 images from 35mm slides)

Last Substantive Revision

2023-01-20: Description revised to incorporate all the information in the Summary Catalogue (1922)