Aesopus: Vita et Fabulae [Latin].

Translated by Rinucius Aretinus.

[Rome:  Bartholomaeus Guldinbeck or Wendelinus de Wila, ca. 1475]
4to.   [110 28 310 4-78 86].   [66] leaves, the last blank.
ISTC ia00099500;  BMC IV 68;  Bod-inc. A-046;  GW 336.

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian By.3.21 (see main library entry for this item)
Provenance: Antoine Benjamin Morin d’Hérouville, Danish Consul General at Naples from 1766 to 1771:  lot 1166 at the Morin d’Hérouville sale (London:  Leigh & Sotheby, 1780).
William Hunter (1718-1783), physician and anatomist:  purchased by Hunter for £0.3.6 at the Morin d’Hérouville sale 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 “Ay.5.16”.
Binding: France, 18th-century red morocco decorated with triple gold fillets, a small gold fleuron at each corner;  gold-tooled spine;  marbled endpapers;  gilt-edged leaves;  green silk bookmark.   Size:  218 x 147 mm.
Leaf size: 212 x 140 mm.
Annotations: Early manuscript catchwords in black ink on final verso of each gathering, together with the catchword “LAUDÍVÍVS” on the final blank leaf, which suggests that this copy was once bound with a text by the 15th-century Italian writer, Laudivius Zacchia;  a few 15th/16th-century manuscript marginal notes, mainly extracting keywords, in red ink and one in black;  occasional “nota” marks in red;  a pointing hand in red on 4/3r (f.31r).
Decoration: Initials and paragraph marks supplied in red throughout;  most fable titles underlined in red;  some capital strokes supplied in red and many printed paragraph marks also have red strokes.
Imperfections: 1/1 (which is mounted) is damaged by worm holes, with loss of text on the verso.

Coloured initial and paragraph marks in Aesopus: Vita et Fabulae