Aelianus Tacticus: De instruendis aciebus.

Translated into Latin by Theodorus Gaza. Edited by Johannes Sulpitius Verulanus.

Rome: Eucharius Silber, 15 Feb. 1487.
4to. [1-28 34 48]. [28] leaves (the first blank).
ISTC ia00096495; Goff S343 (B); BMC IV 107 (IA. 18864); Bod-inc A-041; GW 310.

In the same year Silber printed also Vegetius (29 Jan.), Frontinus (1 June), and Modestus (7 June). The four works were conceived as a unit. They are found both separately and, in varying arrangements, bound together. They are treated separately by ISTC, Bod-inc and GW. Goff, CIBN and others list the books under the common heading 'Scriptores rei militaris'.

Acccession number: E.1939.65.1438
Bound with: Bound with: The third of four incunabula bound together. Bound with: (1) Flavius Renatus Vegetius, De re militari. Rome: Eucharius Silber, 29 Jan. 1487; (2) Sextus Julius Frontinus, Strategematicon liber. Rome: Eucharius Silber, 1 June 1487; (4) Modestus [pseudo-], De vocabulis rei militaris. Rome: Eucharius Silber, 7 June 1487.
Note: Gathering 3 misbound in the middle of gathering 2.
Provenance: Robert Lyons Scott (1871-1939), shipbuilder and collector of armour, Greenock: owner; source unknown.
Glasgow, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum: bookplate on verso of first front flyleaf “Glasgow Museums & Art Galleries R.L. Scott Collection”; R.L. Scott bequest, 1939.
Binding: 16th-century bevelled wooden boards, quarter calf (undecorated) with outer edges of the leather additionally secured on each board by three nails; remains of a brass clasp, with catch plate on rear board; modern flyleaves; original vellum pastedown from front board, which is now tipped onto first front flyleaf, is a leaf with rubricated text in double columns from a manuscript of Thomas Aquinas, 'Commentaria in libros Perihermenias et posteriorum Aristotelis et eiusdem fallaciarum opus' (cap. XV-XVI). Size: 223 x 150 mm.
Leaf size: 212 x 145 mm
Annotations: Marginal annotations in a humanist hand, underlining, “nota” marks and pointing hands in red and in brown ink in gathering 1; two marginal annotations in a different hand in gathering 2; 19th-century shelfmark “15.F.8” in pencil and letter “S” in ink on first front flyleaf.
Decoration: None.
Imperfections: None.

Aelianus Tacticus: De instruendis aciebus - Manuscript annotations