Aesopus: Vita et Fabulae [Greek]. Vita et Fabulae [Latin].

Translated by Rinucius.   Fabulae selectae [Greek and Latin].   Edited by Bonus Accursius.

[Milan]:  Bonus Accursius, [ca. 1478]
4to.   A-F8 g-h8 i6 (stamped); a-f8 2g8 [2h4] 2a-b8 2C-D8 2E6.   [168] leaves, leaf 130 blank.
ISTC ia00098000;  Goff A98;  BMC VI 754;  Bod-inc A-043;  GW 313.

A few copies have the signatures in the first section stamped low down on the page - cf. Bod-inc’s collation - but most copies, including this one, bear no trace of signatures in the first section - cf. BMC note.

Dated by CIBN;  GW and others date ca. 1480.

Two copies held by the University of Glasgow.

Copy 1

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll  Hunterian By.3.16 (see main library entry for this item)
Bound with: Bound as the first item with:  Tōn hepta sophōn ... Septem sapientum et eorum qui cum ijs adnumerantur, apophthegmata, consilia & praecepta.   Paris:  Guillaume Morel, 1554.
Provenance: Unidentified monastic owner:  partially obliterated inscription in a 16th-century hand on A1r “... ord[in]is S. Basilij Magni”.
Antonio Maria Salviati (1537-1602), Cardinal:  slightly smudged armorial book-stamp in red on A1r, probably the arms of Antonio Maria Salviati, created Cardinal in 1583.
William Hunter (1718-1783), physician and anatomist:  source unknown.
University of Glasgow:  Hunterian bequest 1807;  Hunterian Museum bookplate on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “Aw.5.10”.
Binding: 18th-century brown calf decorated with a single gold fillet border;  gold-tooled spine;  red-edged leaves.  Size:  213 x 144 mm.
Leaf size: 209 x 141 mm.
Annotations: Occasional single word corrections in black ink in an early hand;  occasional “nota” marks in red ink;  date or number “1670” in ink on A1r;  18th-century shelfmark(?) or inventory number(?) “15N.5/164” in ink also on A1r;  annotation on front pastedown in an 18th-century hand “De hâc Editione vide Mattairii [sic] Annalium Vol. 5. Pag. 764.   Vidi Exemplar integrum Lipsiae apud Bernerum Mediolani impressum anno 1481”.
Decoration: None.
Imperfections: First 32 leaves only;  wanting all after gathering D of the first section.

Unidentified provenance evidence in Aesopus: Vita et Fabulae [Greek]. Vita et Fabulae [Latin].

Copy 2

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll  Hunterian By.3.32 (see main library entry for this item)
Provenance: Anthony Askew (1722-1774), physician and classical scholar:  Askew sale, 13 Feb. 1775 onwards;  lot 666 (“compact. in corio turcico, cum foliis deauratis, Mediolan, ap. Bonum Accursium, 1481”) in 'Bibliotheca Askeviana ...' on p. 3 (London:  Baker & Leigh, 1775).
William Hunter (1718-1783), physician and anatomist:  purchased by Hunter at the Askew sale for £6.6.0 according to the annotated copy of the Askew sale catalogue in Cambridge University Library;  price confirmed in the partially annotated copy of the Askew sale catalogue in University of Glasgow Library (shelfmark Mu36-c.8).
University of Glasgow:  Hunterian bequest 1807;  Hunterian Museum bookplate on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “Aw.5.8”.
Binding: 18th-century red morocco decorated with a gold fillet border, a small gold fleuron at each corner;  gold-tooled spine;  marbled endpapers;  yellow-edged leaves;  green silk bookmark.   Size:  213 x 150 mm.
Leaf size: 205 x 144 mm.
Annotations: Frequent 16th-century marginal annotations in Latin in a 16th-century hand (many washed out);  foliated in a 16th-century hand “1”-“69” from A2 onwards.
Decoration: None.
Imperfections: First 70 leaves only;  wanting all after gathering i.

Opening page of text from Aesopus: Vita et Fabulae [Greek]. Vita et Fabulae [Latin].