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Bod-Inc: A-394


Ethica Nicomachea (three versions trans. Johannes Argyropoulos, Leonardus Brunus Aretinus, and Robertus Grosseteste).


Analysis of Content

a1v [Faber] Stapulensis, Jacobus: [Letter addressed to] Johannes Rellicus, Bishop of Angers. Rice 41-5.

a2r Aristoteles: Ethica Nicomachea. ‘Opus de moribus ad Nicomachum.’ Translated by Johannes Argyropoulos. Incipit: ‘[O]mnis ars omnisque doctrina atque actus itidem et electio bonum quoddam appetere videtur . . .’ See A‑388.

a2r [Faber] Stapulensis, Jacobus: [Commentary on the Ethica.] Incipit: ‘Primi capitis note. Primum argumentum decem librorum se offert cognoscendum . . .’ See Lohr (1976), 731.

n8r [First colophon.]

n8v [Note on the use of Greek words.] Incipit: ‘In sequentibus libris interdum paucula vocabula Greca interseruimus . . .’

n8v Gonterius, G[uillermus]: ‘Ad lectorem.’ Incipit: ‘Est opus ductore iter vt capessis | Haud secus morum vt studium assequaris'; 15 hendecasyllables. Rice 45, note 5. Includes acknowledgement of the corrections of David [Lauxius] Britannus.

o1r [Faber] Stapulensis, Jacobus: [Letter addressed to] Guilelmus Budaeus. Rice 45-50.

o1v ‘Concordantia Magnorum Moralium Aristotelis et Ethicorum eiusdem per numeros facta.’

o2r Aristoteles: Magna moralia. Translated by Georgius Valla. Incipit: ‘[Q]uoniam de pertinentibus ad mores dicere constituimus, primum cuiusnam rei pars sit mos ducimus considerandum . . .’

q2v Aristoteles [pseudo-; Brunus Aretinus, Leonardus]: ‘Dialogus de moribus.’ [Also known as Isagoge in Aristotelis librum De moribus ad Eudemum.] Dedicated to Galeotto [Ricasoli]. See A‑388.

q6v [Second colophon.]

2a1r Baptista Mantuanus: ‘Virtutis querimonia.’ Incipit: ‘Fortune domitrix ego sum scelerumque flagellum | Utque hominem tuear superumque in tecta reportem'; 39 hexameters.

a1v [Faber] Stapulensis, Jacobus: ‘Introductio in Ethicen Aristotelis.’ Dedicated to Germanus de Ganay, Dean of Beauvais. Rice 23-6; see Lohr (1976), 730.

a10v [Colophon.]

3a1r Aristoteles: Ethica Nicomachea. Translated by Leonardus Brunus Aretinus. Incipit: ‘[O]mnis ars omnisque doctrina similiter autem et actus et electio bonum quoddam appetere videtur . . .’ For the translation see S. Troilo, ‘Due traduttori dell'Etica Nicomachea: Roberto di Lincoln e Leonardo Bruni', Atti del Reale Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, 91/2 (1932), 275-305 and H. B. Gerl, Philosophie und Philologie: Leonardo Brunis Übertragung der Nikomachischen Ethik in ihren philosophischen Prämissen (Munich, 1981).

e4v [Colophon.]

A1r Aristoteles: Ethica Nicomachea. [Translated by Robertus Grosseteste.] See A‑387.

E6r ‘Indices operum hic contentorum.’

E6v [Colophon.]

E6v [Faber] Stapulensis, J[acobus]: ‘Carmen.’ Dedicated to Paulus Emilius. Incipit: ‘Quid virtus? Quod sol medio clarissimus orbe. | Quid virtus? Phebe tota nitidissima nocte; 23 hexameters.’ Rice 49-50.


Imprint: Paris: Johannes Higman and Wolfgang Hopyl, 1496; 12 Apr. 1497. Folio.

Remarks: For the dating of this edition see BMC.


Collation: a–p8 q6 2a10 3a–d8 e4 A–D8 E6.

Illustrations: On a1r a woodcut frame for title. Woodcut diagrams.


ISTC: ia00991000

GW: GW 2359;

Hain: HC 1761 (incl. H 1750, H 6835); C 631;

Goff: Goff A‑991;


Others: Oates 3034; Rhodes 151; Sack, Freiburg, 271; Sheppard 6350.

LCN: 14340291


Copy number: A-394(1)

Bound with:
2. Raymundus de Sabunde, Theologia naturalis. Strasbourg: Martin Flach, 21 Jan. 1496 (R‑018).

Binding: Late sixteenth-century German blind-tooled pigskin over wooden boards, two metal clasps and catches. On both covers fillets form a double frame. In the inner rectangle a triangular floral stamp in each corner and a small lozenge-shaped floral stamp in the centre; in the frames two ornamental rolls. Blue-edged leaves.

Size: 273 × 210 × 68 mm.

Size of leaf: 257 × 195 mm.

A few early marginal notes.

Provenance: Weiden, Bavaria, Jesuits; ‘Soc[ietat]is Jesu Weid[ensis] on [*1r] of item 2. Georg Franz Burkhard Kloß (1787-1854); sale (1835), lot 423. Ingram Bywater (1840-1914); Elenchus, no. 398/2835. Bequeathed in 1914.

SHELFMARK: Byw. B 2.10(1).

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