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

MS. Ashmole 806

Summary Catalogue no.: 7177

Summary Catalogue no.: 7898


Nicholas Upton , De officio militari
Language(s): Latin
Ps.-Aristotle , Secreta secretorum
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Miniatures (drawings), arms.

Good penwork border.

Initials. (P&A iii. 981)

(fol. 57B), miniature: camel

(fol. 57vA), miniature: goat. Dog.

(fol. 58B), miniature: beaver.

(fol. 58vA), miniature: stag.

(fol. 58vB), miniature: horse with bridle.

(fol. 59A), miniature: elephant with castle-shaped saddle.

(fol. 59vA), miniature: ant carrying egg.

(fol. 59vB), miniature: griffin.

(fol. 60A), miniature: hedgehog.

(fol. 60B), miniature: hare.

(fol. 60vA), miniature: wolf.

(fol. 60vB), miniature: mouse. Weasel.

(fol. 61B), miniature: cat.

(fol. 61vB), miniature: squirrel. Mole.

(fol. 62A), miniature: tiger looking at itself in a mirror.

(fol. 62B), miniature: bear with muzzle.

(fol. 62vA), miniature: fox. Unicorn.

(fol. 63B), miniature: hawk.

(fol. 63vA), miniature: falcon. Harpy.

(fol. 63vB), miniature: heron. Lark.

(fol. 64A), miniature: bird of Paradize.

(fol. 64B), miniature: horned owl.

(fol. 64vA), miniature: dove.

(fol. 65vB), miniature: swan. Stork.


Origin: 15th century, middle ; English

Record Sources

Summary description abbreviated from the Quarto Catalogue (W. H. Black, A descriptive, analytical, and critical catalogue of the manuscripts bequeathed unto the University of Oxford by Elias Ashmole Esq...., Quarto Catalogues X, 1845). Decoration, localization and date follow P├Ącht and Alexander (1973). Additional description of decoration by Elizabeth Solopova, c. 2000.

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.