Theocritus: Idyllia [Greek].

Edited by Aldus Manutius.   

Venice: Aldus Manutius, Romanus, Feb. 1495/96.
Fol. Α.A-Δ.D8 Ε.E-Θ.G6 AA.αα-ΔΔ.δδ8 EE.εε6 ZZ.ζζ10 α.a-β.b8 γ.c10 δ.d-ε.e8. [140] leaves.
Woodcut initials and borders;  woodcut figure.
ISTC it00144000; GW M45831; Goff T144; BMC V 555 (IB. 24408); Bod-inc T-078 (copy 2); CIBN T-101; BSB-Ink T-148; Ahmanson-Murphy 7.5

Includes, besides Theocritus, (all in Greek):  Theognis:  Sententiae elegiacae;  Sententiae monostichi per capita ex variis poetis;  Pseudo- Pythagoras:  Carmina aurea;  Pseudo- Phocylides:  Poema admonitorium;  Carmina Sibyllae Erithreae de Christo Jesu;  Pseudo- Cato:  Disticha (Greek translation by Maximus Planudes);  Sententiae septem sapientum;  De invidia;  Hesiodus:  Theogonia, Scutum Herculis, and Opera et dies.

GIP number:  T6
Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian Bh.3.21   (see main library entry for this item)
Variant: This copy has the corrected setting of sheets 1 and 2 of quire Ζ.F and the whole of quire Θ.G - cf. BMC V 555 (IB.24408) and Bod-inc T-078 (copy 2).
Note: Quire ZZ.ζζ is bound before AA.αα.
Provenance: John Savage (1673-1747), scholar and Church of England clergyman: lot 178 in 'A catalogue of the libraries ... of the late John Savage, D.D. vicar of Clothal, Hertfordshire ... and of the late Savage Tyndall, D.D. vicar of Barking in Essex' (London: Samuel Baker, 1763).
Savage Tyndall (ordained 1734, rector of Elmley, near Sittingbourne, 1751), Church of England clergyman: see above.
William Hunter (1718-1783), physician and anatomist: purchased by Hunter at the Savage & Tyndall sale for £0.10.6 according to the BL annotated copy of the sale catalogue - shelfmark S.C.S.3*(8).
University of Glasgow: Hunterian bequest 1807; Hunterian Museum bookplate and book-label on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “N.1.4”.
Note:  According to the partially annotated catalogue of the Anthony Askew sale (1775) in Cambridge University Library, Hunter purchased a second copy of the Aldine Theocritus (lot 3350 ‘exemplar pulcherrimum’) for £4.6.0.  Only one copy remains in the Hunterian Library, which on balance seems more likely to be that from the Savage sale.
Binding: England, 18th-century speckled brown calf, rebacked in 19th/20th century;  sprinkled red-edged leaves.   Size:  311 x 210 mm.
Leaf size: 302 x 205 mm.
Annotations: None.
Decoration: None.
Imperfections: None.

Woodcut initial and headpiece in Theocritus: Idyllia [Greek]