Apuleius Madaurensis, Lucius: Opera.

Edited by Johannes Andreas de Bussis, bishop of Aleria.   Add:  [Pseudo-] Aristoteles:  De mundo, translated by Apuleius.   Hermes Trismegistus:  Asclepius, translated by Apuleius(?).   Alcinous:  Epitome disciplinarum Platonis, translated by Petrus Balbus.

Vicenza:  Henricus de Sancto Ursio, Zenus (Rigo di ca Zeno), 9 Aug. 1488.
Fol.   A6 a-m8.6 n-o8 p-u6.8 x-z6 &6 [con]6.   [178] leaves, the first and last blank.
Woodcut printer’s device.
ISTC ia00935000; GW 2302; Goff A935; BMC VII 1047 (IB. 31851); Bod-inc A-370; CIBN A-493; BSB-Ink A-659.

‘De mundo’ is the Latin reworking by Apuleius of the Pseudo- Aristotelian tract. The attribution to Apuleius of the translation of Asclepius is queried by CIBN (A-492). The ‘Epitome disciplinarum Platonis’ has often been ascribed to Albinus Platonicus, but recent scholarship supports an attribution to Alcinous (cf. Bod-inc A-151).

GIP number: A74
Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian Bg.3.17 (see main library entry for this item)
Note: Evidence of a label removed from front flyleaf.
Provenance: Antoine Benjamin Morin d’Hérouville, Danish Consul General at Naples from 1766 to 1771:  lot 1444 at the Morin d’Hérouville sale, London:  Leigh & Sotheby, 9 Mar. 1780.
William Hunter (1718-1783), physician and anatomist:  purchased by Hunter at the Morin d’Hérouville sale for £0.2.6 according to the annotated BL copy of the Morin d’Hérouville sale catalogue - shelfmark S.C.S. 13(3).
University of Glasgow:  Hunterian bequest 1807;  Hunterian Museum bookplate on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “Aw.2.13”.
Binding: Italy, 17th/18th-century parchment decorated with double blind fillets and a blind lozenge-shaped centre-piece on each cover;  gold-tooled spine;  gilt-edged leaves;  front free endpaper has watermark incorporating within an orb the letters “D A C” and three six-petalled flower heads, below which is suspended a Maltese cross.   Size:  306 x 215 mm.
Leaf size: 299 x 209 mm.
Annotations: Frequent marginal annotations (some cropped) in a humanist hand mainly extracting keywords - predominantly in Latin, a few in Greek.
Decoration: None.
Imperfections: Wanting A1 and the final two leaves.


Page of text from 'Opera'. Sp Coll Hunterian Bg.3.17.