Aristoteles: Ethica Nicomachea [Greek].

Containing Ethica ad Nicomachum, Politica, Magna moralia, and Ethica Eudemia, as well as part of the Pseudo- Aristotelian Oeconomica.   Edited by Aldus Manutius.

Venice: Aldus Manutius, Romanus, June 1498.
Fol.   αααα-ιιιι10 κκκκ4 λλλλ-φφφφ10 χχχχ6 ψψψψ12 ωωωω10 AAAA-BBBB10 ΓΓΓΓ6 ΔΔΔΔ-IIII10 KKKK12.   [1], 2-103, 103-104, 106-209, [12], 19, 210-316, [1] leaves (κκκκ4 and χχχχ6 blank).
Woodcut Greek initials; woodcut floral and interlaced headpieces.
ISTC ia00959000; Goff A959 (V); BMC V 558 (IB. 24464); Bod-inc A-384 (V); GW 2334 (V); Ahmanson-Murphy 24; Walsh 2662.

Chronologically the fifth of the five volumes of Aristotle’s Opera printed by Aldus Manutius in 1495-1498, but considered by him to form the fourth.

Two copies held by the University of Glasgow

Copy 1

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian Bh.2.9 (see main library entry for this item)
Variants: As signalled in CIBN A-504.   ββββ2r:  correct signature as in var. A;  γγγγ7r, final line:  “Γ’.” as in var. A;  δδδδ4r-7v:  pages printed as in var. A;  ζζζζ7v, final line:  as var. B;  φφφφ6r:  incorrect foliation “100” as in var. B;  ωωωω5r:  correct foliation “214” as in var. A;  ΕΕΕΕ8r:  correct foliation “263” as in var. A;  ΚΚΚΚ6r:  correct foliation “311” as in var. A.
Note: Uniformly bound as the sixth of a six-volume set with Bh.2.4;  Bh.2.5;  Bh.2.6;  Bh.2.7, 8.
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 αααα1r “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.2.6”.
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:  305 x 218 mm.
Leaf size: 296 x 210 mm.
Annotations: None.
Decoration: None.
Imperfections: None.

Title and contents of  Aristoteles: Ethica Nicomachea [Greek]

Copy 2

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Bh10-d.13 (see main library entry for this item)
Variants: As signalled in CIBN A-504.   ββββ2r: correct signature as in var. A;  γγγγ7r, final line:  “Γ’.” as in var. A;  δδδδ4r-7v:  pages printed as in var. A;  ζζζζ7v, final line:  as var. A;  φφφφ6r:  correct foliation “200” as in var. A;  ωωωω5r:  incorrect foliation “217” as in var. B;  ΕΕΕΕ8r:  correct foliation “263” as in var. A;  ΚΚΚΚ6r:  correct foliation “311” as in var. A.
Note: Gathering ψψψψ misbound between αααα and ββββ.
Note: Uniformly bound as the fifth of a five-volume set with Bh10-d.9;  Bh10-d.10;  Bh10-d.11;  Bh10-d.12.
Provenance: University of Glasgow:  source unknown;  shelfmark “K.8.6” 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 morocco, 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: Copious marginal annotations in Greek and Latin, with underlining, in a 16th-century hand from αααα2r to γγγγ7r (Aristotle, Ethica Nicomachea);  18th-century shelfmark “K f5. n10” in ink on first front flyleaf.
Decoration: None.
Imperfections: Wanting the blank leaf κκκκ4 and bifolium οοοο5.6.

Manuscript annotations in Aristoteles: Ethica Nicomachea [Greek]