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Bod-Inc: A-042


Vita et fabulae [Greek].


Analysis of Content

Α1r Bracius, Gabriel: [Letter to the reader.] Incipit: ‘Quanquam onus grauius esse quam ut humeri nostri ferre possent intelligebamus . . .’

Α2r Planudes, Maximos [pseudo-]: Αἰσώπου βίος του̂ μυθοποιου̂ [Vita Aesopi.] A. Eberhard, Fabulae Romanenses Graece conscriptae (Leipzig, 1872), 225-305; a small part of the life is also in B. E. Perry, Aesopica: A Series of Texts Relating to Aesop, vol. I (Urbana, Ill., 1952) (= Perry, Aesopica), 214-15. Perry, Aesopica, 1-32, discusses the textual tradition of the ‘Life'. For stemmata of the different recensions and the transmission of the text, see Perry, Aesopica, 22 and 28-32. Traditionally ascribed to Maximos Planudes (c.1260-1310), but this has been rejected by S. Josifović in RE supp. 14 cols 22 ff.

Γ6r Aesopus: Μυ̂θοι. Fabulae Aesopi [first sixteen fables unnumbered; remaining fables numbered from xvii to cxlviii, although some numbers omitted]. Corpus Fabularum Aesopicarum, vol. I, fascs. 1 and 2, ed. by A. Hausrath and H. Hunger (Leipzig, 1970)(= Aesopus (ed. Hunger–Hausrath)). No. lxxiiii ‘ Συ̂ς καὶ μυ̂ς ‘; no. lxxv ‘   Ὄνος ‘; no. lxxvi ‘ Στρουθός ’ are the work of Ignatius Diaconus, archbishop of Nicaea (c.780-850): ‘Ignatii Diaconi aliorumque tetrasticha iambica', ed. C. F. Müller, in Babrii Fabulae Aesopeae, ed. O. Crusius (Leipzig, 1897), 249-96, nos 8, 19, 22 (= Babrius (ed. Crusius)); Crusius discusses the connection between Ignatius and Babrius, Babrii Fabulae Aesopeae, ed. O. Crusius (Leipzig, 1897), xxiv. Fable no. cxlvii ‘ Λύκος καὶ γέρανος ’ does not appear in Aesopus (ed. Hunger–Hausrath), but resembles Fabulae Aesopicae collectae, ed. by C. Halm (Leipzig, 1889) (= Aesopus (ed. Halm)) no. 276b.

Ζ8r [Statement claiming a ten-year privilege in Venetian territories.] Incipit: ‘Si quis ad decem annos haec in terris . . .’


Imprint: [Venice]: Bartholomaeus Pelusius, Gabriel Bracius, Johannes Bissolus and Benedictus Mangius, [c.1498]. 4°.


Collation: α–δ8 εε8 ζ8.


ISTC: ia00097000

GW: GW 312;

Hain: HC 267;

Goff: Goff A‑97;

BMC: BMC V 578;

Proctor: Pr 5640;

Others: CIBN A‑55; Rhodes 12; Sheppard 4717.

LCN: 14334454


Copy number: A-042(1)

Binding: Probably late eighteenth/early nineteenth-century gold-tooled calf, on both covers a small gilt roll forms a border; a floral tool on the spine; marbled pastedowns.

Size: 216 × 150 × 10 mm.

Size of leaf: 212 × 144 mm.

‘2.12.6' written in pencil in the upper right-hand corner of the endleaf.

On Α1r an unidentified, probably seventeenth/eighteenth-century Italian, coat of arms in watercolours: within a wreath, gules, a cross botonny or.

Provenance: Purchased from Payne and Foss (1832), no. 1155 for £2. 12. 6; see Books Purchased (1832), 1, and Library Bills (1829-32), no. 428.

SHELFMARK: Auct. K 4.9d.

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