Aristoteles: Ethica ad Nicomachum.

Add:  Politica; Oeconomica.   Translated by Leonardus Brunus Aretinus.   Leonardus Brunus Aretinus:  Epistola ad dominos Senenses (with reply).

[Strassburg:  Johann Mentelin, before 10 Apr. 1469]
Fol.   [1-210 3-48 5-710 812 9-1310 148 156 16-1910 20-218].   [198] leaves, 36 and 128 blank.
ISTC ia00983000; GW 2367; Goff A983; BMC I 53 (IB. 579); Bod-inc A-397; CIBN A-512; BSB-Ink A-685.

GIP number:  A86
Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian Be.3.6 (see main library entry for this item)
Provenance: Guillaume de Rochefort (1433-1492), Chancellor of France:  “p[ro] d[omi]no Guill[ielm]o de Rupeforti” in red ink on 21/8v (f. 198v) followed in brown ink by “Aretini traductio”;  on 10/1r (f. 89r) the painted coat of arms of the House of Rochefort:  d’azur semé de neuf billettes d’or (4, 3, 2), au chef d'argent chargé d’un lion passant de gueules (the lion almost completely obliterated with oxidized silver).
La Baume le Blanc, Louis César de (1708-1780), duc de La Vallière;  La Vallière sale 1767;  lot 1347 in G.F. de Bure, 'Catalogue des livres provenans de la bibliothèque de M.L.D.D.L.V.', 2 vols (Paris:  1767).
William Hunter (1718-1783), physician and anatomist:  purchased by Hunter at the La Vallière sale through his agent, Jean-Baptiste Dessain, for 36 livres;  see 'Dessain-Hunter correspondence' (University of Glasgow Library, MS Gen. 36, f. 6r & f. 7v).
University of Glasgow:  Hunterian bequest 1807;  Hunterian Museum bookplate and book label on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “Aa.b.13”.
Binding: France, 18th-century red goatskin decorated with triple gold fillets, a small gold fleuron at each corner;  gold-tooled spine;  marbled endpapers;  gilt-edged leaves;  blue silk bookmark.   Size:  279 x 210 mm.
Leaf size: 272 x 201 mm.
Annotations: Very occasional 15th/16th-century marginal annotations in red ink;  very occasional manicules and “nota” marks in red ink;  very occasional evidence of early signatures.
Decoration: The space for a seven-line initial “I” on 10/1r (f. 89r) is filled with the coat of arms of the House of Rochefort (see Provenance above), which is placed on a purple rectangular ground decorated with tracery and edged with blue and gold, from which there extends into portions of the inner and top margin an illuminated floral border;  principal initials supplied in gold either on a purple rectangular ground with the initial filled-in with blue (both ground and infill decorated with tracery), or with the two colours reversed;  the same illuminator is responsible for the illuminated initials in another Hunterian incunable owned by Rochefort (Valerius Maximus, Facta et dicta memorabilia.  [Strassburg:  Johann Mentelin, not after 15 June 1470]);  two initials in plain red on 21/7v (f. 197v) and 21/8r (f. 198r);  capital strokes in red throughout.
Imperfections: Wanting gatherings 1-9 (ff. 1-88, i.e. Ethica ad Nicomachum).

Decorated page incorporating coat of arms in Aristoteles: Ethica ad Nicomachum