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Bod-Inc: A-056


Aesopus moralisatus cum commento.


Analysis of Content

A1r [Title-page and woodcut.]

A1v [Wooodcut.]

A2r [Anonymus Neveleti]: Aesopus moralisatus (metrical version of ‘Fables'). See Hervieux II 316-50 (under the name of Gualterus Anglicus). They appear in the following order (Hervieux numbers): prologue, i, xi, xii–xix, xxi, xx, xxi(a), xxii, xxiii, v, vii, viii, ix, x, xi, xxiii, xxiv–xxix, xxxi, xxx, xxxii–lx. For the authorship see Aesopus (ed. Draheim), 1-5 and Grubmüller, Esopus, 78. This collection is named after the edition of Isaac Nevelet of 1610.

A2r Commentary on Aesopus moralisatus. Incipit: ‘Graecia disciplinarum mater et artium . . .’ Not the commentary in the ‘Auctores octo.' Campbell 38 ascribes commentary to Laurentius Valla.


Imprint: [Antwerp]: Gerard Leeu, 14 May 1488. 4°.


Collation: A–E6 [F4].

Illustrations: Woodcut of Aesop on A1r, repeated on A1v.


ISTC: ia00129500

GW: GW 402;

Hain: HC 303;

BMC: BMC IX 191;

Proctor: Pr 9375;

Others: Campbell 38; CIBN A‑76; Douce Legacy 94 no. 144; Duff 4; HPT II 420; ILC 26; Oates 3908; Sheppard 7221.

LCN: 14336917


Copy number: A-056(1)

Wanting A3 and A4; A5 and A6 are bound before C1. The fables appear in the following order: prologue, i, [2 leaves wanting, and 2 leaves misplaced], xi [part], xii–xix, xxi, xx, xxi(a), xxii, xxiii [part], v, vii, viii, ix, x, xi [part], xxiii [part], xxiv–xxix, xxxi, xxx, xxxii–lx.

Binding: Eighteenth-century calf; gold-tooled spine; marbled pastedowns.

Size: 199 × 132 × 7 mm.

Size of leaf: 193 × 131 mm.

Provenance: Francis Douce (1757-1834); armorial book-plate. Bequeathed in 1834.

SHELFMARK: Douce 60.

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