Xenophon: Opera varia.

Translated by Omnibonus Leonicenus, Franciscus Philelphus, and Leonardus Brunus Aretinus.

[Milan:  Alexander Minutianus? ca. 1501-02]
Fol.   A-D6 E4 a-l6 m4.   [98] leaves, the last blank.
ISTC ix00002000;  Goff X2;  BMC VII 1150;  Bod-inc X-001.

On the ascription to Milan and the identity of the printer, see D. E. Rhodes in Gb Jb (1981), 151-3.   Goff, BMC and BSB-Ink assign to [Milan:  Guillaume Le Signerre, after 1500?].   Polain and Proctor give [Reggio Emilia] as the place of printing with Polain assigning to [Franciscus de Mazalibus].

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian By.2.16 (see main library entry for this item)
Provenance: Unidentified Dutch owner (early 18th century);  see Binding.
Louis Jean Gaignat (1697-1768), Secretary to King Louis XV:  Gaignat sale, 1769;  lot 2866 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 9 livres 14 sous;  see 'Dessain-Hunter correspondence' (University of Glasgow Library, MS Gen. 36, f.24r).
University of Glasgow:  Hunterian bequest, 1807;  Hunterian Museum bookplate on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “M.2.3”.
Binding: Netherlands, early 18th-century gold-tooled red morocco, covers decorated with a floral roll to form two concentric rectangles, the inner rectangle has a diamond-shaped centre-piece composed of separate tools (including drawer-handle, sun, and pomegranate tools) and has an ornament at its four outer corners;  gold-tooled spine;  marbled endpapers;  marbled-edged leaves;  green silk bookmark;  front and rear flyleaves have a bunch of grapes watermark.   For this and a group of over 70 similar bindings, see Mirjam M. Foot, ‘An eighteenth-century incunable collector in The Hague’, in M. Davies, 'Incunabula:  studies in fifteenth-century printed books presented to Lotte Hellinga' (London:  1999) pp. 371-87, Appendix no. 45.   Size:  309 x 215 mm.
Leaf size: 296 x 204 mm.
Annotations: Occasional marginal annotations (washed out) in a humanist hand;  date “1514” in an early hand at foot of m3r.
Decoration: None.
Imperfections: Wanting the blank leaf m4.

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