Isocrates: Orationes [Greek]

Edited by Demetrius Chalcondylas.

Milan:  Uldericus Scinzenzeler and Sebastianus de Ponte Tremulo, 24 Jan. 1493.
Fol.   α8 β8 γ8 δ10 A-L8 M-V6 Y6 AA-CC6.   [200] leaves, 1, 16 and 34 blank.
Woodcut printer's device.
ISTC ii00210000;  Goff I210;  BMC VI 767;  Bod-inc I-042.

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian Bg.3.1 (see main library entry for this item)
Variant: The later setting of gathering A: A1r, line 4: ‘... χο||ρος ...’ as BMC IB. 26855, not ‘... χορος’ as IB. 26857;  in gathering B, line 28 of B3r, begins ‘τν ...’ as IB. 26856,  not ‘τν ...’ as IB. 26857;  and B6v, line 32 begins ‘μηριδν ...’  as IB. 26856, not ‘όμηριδν ...’ as IB. 26857.  For notes on the variant settings of gathering A and the outer forme of sheet B3 see BMC.
Provenance: William Hunter (1718-1783), physician and anatomist:  source unknown.
University of Glasgow:  Hunterian bequest 1807;  Hunterian Museum bookplate on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “As.2.6”.
Binding: Italy, 15th/16th-century, an ‘alla greca’ binding (cf. G.D. Hobson, Thirty bindings (London: 1926) plate II) of blind-tooled red goatskin over wooden boards with grooved edges, cut flush with the text-block - the fore-edge however protruding slightly;  sewing is on four recessed bands giving a smooth, rounded back (endbands are raised);  three brass pegs (two at the fore-edge, one at the foot) remain on the edges of the front board and there is evidence of a now missing peg at the top edge;  one double-braided leather strap inserted at the foot of the rear board is all that remains of the fastenings;  covers decorated in blind with fillets and two separate stamps to form a design of five concentric rectangles (the third and outer rectangles undecorated);  spine decoration of lozenges formed by blind fillets - with a spine title added (at a later date?);  red-edged leaves.   Size:  295 x 205 mm.
Leaf size: 294 x 204 mm.
Annotations: Occasional marginal annotations and corrections in Greek;  occasional “nota” marks and underlining;  pages numbered in ink “1” - “209” in an 17th-century(?) hand from γ1r to L7r (even numbers 2-22 omitted);  “Isocrates” written in ink on front pastedown.
Decoration: None.
Imperfections: None.


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