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Bod-Inc: A-405


Ethica Nicomachea [French] (trans. Nicolaus Oresme).


Analysis of Content

A2r [Oresme, Nicolaus]: ‘Prologue du translateur.’ Nicolaus Oresme, Le Livre de Éthiques d'Aristote, ed. Albert Douglas Menut (New York, 1940), 97-101.

A4r [Table of contents.]

a1r [Aristoteles]: Ethica Nicomachea [French], with French commentary. Translated by Nicolaus Oresme. Oresme, Le Livre de Éthiques, ed. Menut, 103-540. Commentary alternates with the text; see Lohr (1972), 290-5.

D2r ‘Table des fors motz a exposer d'Ethiques.’ Oresme, Le livre de Éthiques, ed. Menut, 541-7


Imprint: Paris: [Antoine Vérard?], 8 Sept. 1488. Folio.


Collation: A a–o8 p6 n–x8 y z6 [et] A–C8 D6.

Remarks: Collation as in BMC, not as GW.


ISTC: ia00993000

GW: GW 2381;

Hain: HC 1759;

Goff: Goff A‑993;


Proctor: not in Pr;

Others: CIBN A‑519; Hillard 180; Macfarlane 8; Rhodes 153; Sheppard 6245.

LCN: 14340380


Copy number: A-405(1)

Wanting A1 and D4 and the blank leaves a1 (a2 being signed ai) and D6.

Binding: Sixteenth-century, French gold-tooled calf, of the 1530s or 1540s [ex informatione Giles Barber, in letter dated 30 Nov. 1992]. On both covers two concentric ornamental frames, the inner rectangle filled with floral ornaments, ‘Ethiques' stamped in the centre.

Size: 318 × 235 × 46 mm.

Size of leaf: 305 × 211 mm.

Ruling in red.

At the end are bound papers with manuscript notes about the missing leaves, some in the hand of Nicholson.

Provenance: Edward William Byron Nicholson (1849-1912). Bequeathed in 1912.

SHELFMARK: Inc. c. F1.1488.1.

Copy number: A-405(2)

Small fragment of leaf b3 (b3v, col. 1, bottom is visible as part of pastedown, see below).

Binding (of 8º S 137 Th.): Seventeenth-century English (Oxford) blind-tooled calf (fillets) over pasteboards, with gilt fillets on edges of covers; two green/blue ties lost; decorated with an ornamental centrepiece, for which see Pearson, Oxford Bookbindings, at pp. 87 and 103, no. liv; red-edged leaves; shelfmark written across the fore-edge in black ink.

Lower pastedown in 8º S 137 Th. (Francois de St Sales, An introduction to a devout life (London: N. Okes for W. Burre, 1616); upper pastedown, Asconius, In orationes Ciceronis (Paris: Conrad Resch, 1520), p. ccxcix.

Provenance: in the Bodleian by 1620; see Catalogus (1620), p. 438.

SHELFMARK:8º S 137 Th. (pastedown).

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