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Vita et Fabulae.


Analysis of Content

a1r [Woodcut.]

a2r Vita Aesopi [Latin]. Translated by Rinucius Aretinus. See A‑051.

c7r ‘Registrum fabularum Esopi in librum primum.’

c7v Aesopus: Fabulae [Latin]. Translation associated with the name ‘Romulus', ‘recensio gallicana.’ See A‑051.

c7v [Anonymus Neveleti]: Fabulae (accompanying metrical version, in Latin). See A‑051.

k3r Aesopus: Fabulae extravagantes [Latin]. Edited by Heinrich Steinhöwel. See A‑051.

m2v Registrum fabularum predictarum extrauagantium.’

m2v Aesopus: XVII fabulae novae [Latin]. Translated by Rinucius Aretinus. See A‑051.

n2v ‘Registrum fabularum predictarum.’

n3r Avianus: XXVII fabulae [Latin]. See A‑051.

p2r ‘Fabularum Auiani antedictarum registrum.’

p2v [Petrus] Alphonsus: Fabulae collectae [Latin]. See A‑051.

q4v Poggius [Florentinus]: VIII fabulae [Latin]. See A‑051.


Imprint: [Basel: Jacobus Wolff, de Pforzheim, c.1492]. Folio.

Remarks: BMC ascribes to [Michael Furter?]. BSB dates [not after 1489]. For a discussion of the dating, and the evidence suggesting c.1492: see C. C. Rattey, ‘The Undated Aesop attributed to Jakob Wolff de Pforzheim (Hain-Copinger 327)', Library, 5th ser., 12 (1957), 119-21.


Collation: a–o8.6 p q8.

Illustrations: 192 woodcuts: see Schramm XXI pls 800-991.


ISTC: ia00115000

GW: GW 350;

Hain: HC *327;

Goff: Goff A‑115;


Proctor: Pr 7629;

Others: BSB‑Ink A‑76; CIBN A‑64; Sack, Freiburg, 28; Schramm XXI p. 28 and pls 800-991; Schreiber V 3023; Sheppard 2503.

LCN: 14333703


Copy number: A-052(1)

Bound with:
1. Gesta Romanorum. [Strasbourg: Printer of the 1483 Jordanus de Quedlinburg (Georg Husner)], 6 Aug. 1489 (G‑153);
2. [Werner Rolewinck], Fasciculus temporum. [Strasbourg: Johann Prüss, not before 1490] (R‑126(2)).

Wanting i8, m5, q1, 2, 7. Wanting the following woodcuts: Schramm pls 898-901, 932-4, 978-80 and 989. a1 backed. Woodcut on b4r (Schramm XXI pl. 814) mutilated. On h5v Schramm pl. 819 has been repeated between pls 881 and 882.

Binding: Sixteenth-century south German blind-tooled sheep, over oak boards, with broken clasps. On both covers an outer frame formed by five fillets, within which a floral roll containing heads within wreaths, and two other frames, each formed by triple fillets; within the first a roll containing suns and foliage; within the second heads within wreaths and shield. For the inner panel signed ‘N. O.', see Haebler, Rollen- und Plattenstempel, I 319, roll 2, Platte I.

Size: 270 × 185 × 45 mm.

Size of leaf: 254 × 171 mm.

At the end of item 1 obituary notes referring to Würzburg written in a sixteenth-century hand; a different hand, also from the sixteenth century, has left a few annotations in item 1, and more substantial notes between items 1 and 2, and between 2 and 3, suggesting that the items were bound together from an early period. Marginal annotation added in red ink on n2r: see Dicke, Steinhöwels Esopus, 392-3, no. 23.

Some woodcuts touched with red or blue.

Provenance: South Germany (sixteenth century); provenance indicated by binding, supported by manuscript list of events in Franconia in the late fifteenth century. Book-plate has been removed. Acquired between 1835 and 1847; Catalogus (1843), Appendix, 10.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 2Q 4.27(3).

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