Homerus: Batrachomyomachia [Latin].

Translated by Carolus Marsupinus Aretinus.

[Venice:  Printer of Datus, 'Elegantiolae' (H 5969*), ca. 1475]
4to.   [18].   [8] leaves.
ISTC ih00302000;  Goff H302;  BMC V 583;  Bod-inc H-138;  GW 12903.

Unassigned in BMC, IGI and Goff.   Hunt and CIBN assign to the Printer of Datus.
Dated ca. 1475 by ISTC and Goff;  GW dates ca. 1473;  CIBN dates ca. 1472.

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian By.3.9 (see main library entry for this item)
Variant: 1/1r, line 3: ‘... qum ...’ as Bod-inc, not ‘... quū ...’ as BMC;  1/1/r, line 25: ‘... om[macron above m]iū poetarū p[macron above p]ſtātiſſi||’ as Bod-inc and BMC (2nd copy) not ‘... oīū poetar[um] p[macron above p]stātissimo’ as BMC (1st copy);  1/8v, line 25: ‘... qum ...’ not ‘... quū ... as BMC.
Provenance: Louis Jean Gaignat (1697-1768), Secretary to King Louis XV:  Gaignat sale, 1769;  lot 1528 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;  see 'Dessain-Hunter correspondence' (University of Glasgow Library, MS Gen. 36, f.12Av).
University of Glasgow:  Hunterian bequest, 1807;  Hunterian Museum bookplate on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “Be.8.36”.
Binding: France, 18th-century red morocco decorated with triple gold fillets, a small gold star at each corner;  gold-tooled spine;  gilt-edged leaves;  marbled endpapers;  green silk bookmark.   Size:  208 x 145 mm.
Leaf size: 205 x 140 mm.
Annotations: Every fifth line of the poem numbered in an 18th-century hand;  on 1/1r a note in the same hand on Marassius Siculus (to whom the prefatory letter by Carolus Marsupinus Aretinus is addressed) referring to manuscripts in the Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana (Florence);  on the rear flyleaf a brief note in the same hand mentioning Quintianus Stoa, Carolus Marsupinus Aretinus, Johannes Sulpitius Verulanus.
Decoration: None.
Imperfections: None.

 

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