It is amusing to find Ranulph Higden, the fourteenth-century translator of Bartholomeus Anglicus
as well as a certain amount of historiography, being referred to as one of the Ancients of the city.
According to Bartholomeus Anglicus
in his famous De proprietatibus rerum: (24) "Lepra breedeth in mans body: but howsoeuer it be gendered, vnneth it is curable, but by the helpe of God, if it bee confirmed" (Batman vppon Bartholome his booke De proprietatibus rerum , Book Seven 'Of Lepra Meseltie', cap.
Hiatt traces out the slow adoption of alphabetization as the main way that authors organized knowledge about the natural world, suggesting that Bartholomeus Anglicus
was the first author to alphabetize elements in a discussion of geography.
The e Musaeo collection (so called because from the mid-seventeenth century acquisitions were stored "in the museum," i.e., in a cupboard in the office of the librarian, Thomas Barlow) contains more Middle English material: an imperfect copy of John of Trevisa's Bartholomeus Anglicus
(MS 16), another copy of Love's Mirror and of the Brut chronicle (MSS 35 and 39), (2) the Wycliffite New Testament (MS 110), (3) Suso's Horologium sapiencie in Middle English (MS 111); two manuscripts of Mandeville's Travels (MSS 116 and 124), an interesting Carthusian compilation in verse and prose (MS 160), and more Rolle (MS 232).
Similarly, Franciscan monk Bartholomeus Anglicus
The learning conducted through the encyclopedia of Vincent of Beauvais, Neckham, Bartholomeus Anglicus
[...] is a laughable fiction.
Unlike Bartholomeus Anglicus
' De proprietatibus rerum, a comparable encyclopedia on which the Omne Bonum draws, it did not achieve wide circulation.
5 On the Properties of Things: John Trevisa's translation of Bartholomeus Anglicus
De Proprietabus Rerum, 2 vols, ed.
Frontispiece of text in Bartholomeus Anglicus
, Batman vppon Bartholome His Booke De Proprietatibus Rerum, Newly Corrected, Enlarged and Amended: With such additions as are requisite, vnto euery seuerall booke: taken foorth of the most approued authors, the like heretofore not translated in English (London: Thomas East, 1581).