Aristoteles: Organon [Greek].

Includes the six treatises on logic:  Categoriae, De interpretatione, Priora and Posteriora analytica, Topica , and Sophistici elenchi, as well as Porphyry’s Isagoge.   Edited by Aldus Manutius and Alexander Bondinus (Agathemeros).

Venice: Aldus Manutius, Romanus, 1 Nov. 1495.
Fol.   A-C8 Δ8 E-K8 L-N6 a-c8 d-e6 f-i8 κ8 l-q8 r-ſ6.   [234] leaves.
Woodcut Greek initials; woodcut floral and interlaced headpieces.
ISTC ia00959000; GW 2334 (I); Goff A959 (I); BMC V 553 (IB. 24393); Bod-inc A-384 (I); Walsh 2630; CIBN A-504; BSB-Ink A-698; Ahmanson-Murphy 4.

The first of the five volumes of Aristotle’s Opera printed by Aldus Manutius in 1495-1498, but considered by him to form an independent work, since he lists the 1497 Physica as the ‘primum volumen’ of his edition of Aristotle in the catalogue of his publications issued in October 1498.

Two copies held by the University of Glasgow

Copy 1 

GIP number: A90/1
Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian Bh.2.4 (see main library entry for this item)
Variants: As signalled in CIBN A-504.   A3r, line 21:  var. A;  a7r, final line:  var. A;  b5r, final line:  var. A;  c7v, final line: var. B.
Note: Uniformly bound as the first of a six-volume set with Bh.2.5;  Bh.2.6;  Bh.2.7, 8;  Bh.2.9.
Provenance: Villedonné, Seigneur de (17th century) - a member of the De la Grange family, who held the title Seigneur de Villedonné: washed-out inscription on A1r “Coll. Aurel. Soc. Jesu. Cat. Ins. Dono D[omi]ni de Villedonne Senatoris Regij in Senatu Aurelianensi”.
Orléans, Jesuits (founded 1617): see above.
Louis Jean Gaignat (1697-1768), Secretary to King Louis XV: Gaignat sale, 1769; lot 831 in Guillaume de Bure, 'Bibliographie instructive: supplément ... ou catalogue des livres de feu M. L.J. Gaignat', 2 vols (Paris: 1769).
William Hunter (1718-1783), physician and anatomist: purchased by Hunter at the Gaignat sale through his agent, Jean-Baptiste Dessain, for 205 livres 2 sous; see 'Dessain-Hunter correspondence' (University of Glasgow Library, MS Gen. 36, f.23r).
University of Glasgow: Hunterian bequest, 1807; Hunterian Museum bookplate on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “Av.2.2”.
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;  green silk bookmark.   Size:  305 x 218 mm.
Leaf size: 296 x 210 mm.
Annotations: Substantial commentary in Latin written in dull gold in a humanist hand on e6v-f1v (Aristotle, Topica).
Decoration: On B5r the individual letters of lines 1-11 are highlighted in dull gold, as are some letters of lines 17, 18, 21 and 22, together with the outline of the seven-line woodcut initial “Ο”.
Imperfections: None.

Manuscript commentary in Aristoteles: Organon [Greek]

Copy 2

GIP number: A90/2
Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Bh10-d.9 (see main library entry for this item)
Variants: As signalled in CIBN A-504.   A3r, line 21:  var. A;  a7r, final line:  var. A;  b5r, final line:  var. A;  c7v, final line: var. B.
Note: Uniformly bound as the first of a five-volume set with Bh10-d.10, Bh10-d.11, Bh10-d.12, Bh10-d.13.
Provenance: University of Glasgow:  source unknown;  shelfmark “K.8.2” on University Library bookplate matching entry in A. Arthur, 'Catalogus impressorum librorum in Bibliotheca Universitatis Glasguensis', (Glasguae:  1791).
Binding: England, 18th-century gold-tooled red goatskin, bound by Christopher Chapman.   On both covers double fillets form a frame, within which is an ornamental roll (Nixon, ‘Harleian bindings’, pl. 14, Chapman roll 5);  the lozenge-shaped centre-piece frequently found on the covers of Harleian bindings is absent.   The head and tail of the spine are decorated with Nixon, ‘Harleian bindings’, pl. 14, Chapman roll 2, and the spine compartments are decorated with several individual tools including Nixon, ‘Harleian bindings’, pl. 15, Chapman no. 8;  the edges and turn-ins are decorated with Chapman roll 2;  marbled endpapers;  edges of leaves left plain.   Although associated with Chapman, this copy is not identifiable with the Harleian copy of the Aldine Aristotle, since it does not match Thomas Osborne’s description “foliis deaurat. & Lineis rubris” in his 'Catalogus bibliothecae Harleianae', vol. 1 (1743) no. 5373, and vol. 3 (1744) no. 935.   Size:  322 x 220 mm.
Leaf size: 304 x 208 mm.
Annotations: Extensive marginal and interlinear annotations in Latin and Greek in a 16th-century hand from B5r-C3r (Aristotle, Categoriae), and from p4r-?5r (Aristotle, De sophisticis elenchis);  paginated in an early hand “1”-“133” from A3r-I5r;  partially erased 18th-century price “5v 5 5 0” in pencil on front flyleaf;  on verso of front free endpaper is a reference in ink in an 18th-century hand to Fabricius, Bibliotheca Graeca, Lib. III, cap. VI, pag. 168, signed “I M”;  shelfmark “K f5 n. 6” on front flyleaf in the same hand.
Decoration: None.
Imperfections: None.

nuscript annotations in Aristoteles: Organon [Greek]