Item Details

Call Number: MS Hunter 421 (V.4.5)
Title: Ethica Nicomachea
Images: [ MS Hunter 421 fol. 67v-68r ] [ MS Hunter 421 fol. 67v detail ]
Date of Creation: Between 1399 and 1499
Level of Description: Item
Part of MS Hunter 1-658
Content: Aristotelis, Ethica Nicomachea. (Interprete Leonardo Brvni Aretino.)
Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, translated by Leonardo Bruni:
Begins - after an Introduction to the work and an Epistle Prefatory addressed to the Pope - (1, 4 [f. '4'] verso lines 23-26): Ethicorum Aristotelis Liber Primus Incipit . Le | ge feliciteR [rubric] | O [gilt illuminated initial] Mnis ars omnisque doctrina similiter et actus | et electio bonum quoddam appetere uidetur . Quaprop
Ends (12, 10 [f. '114'] recto lines 20-22): et quomodo una queque respublica constituta sit . et quibus | legibus et moribus:- | Finis [rubric] = Ed. A.F. Didot, Paris, 1850, ii. p. 130.
Remarks: A scrap of gilt-edged note-paper inserted between ff. 18 and 19 contains Dr. Wm. Hunter's directions to the binder for title: Aristot. | Ethic. | L. Aretin. | - | M.S. Dr. Young has noted, in pencil: "Dr. W.H.'s handwriting." The last letter of the first word not having been crossed, the binder read it "l." See Collation..
The illuminated initial on the first page has the A gilt, and surrounded by an interlaced tracery of white, which issues from the upraised mouth of a recumbent fawn, and the interstices of which are filled in with pink and green, and sprinkled with triads of silver dots. In front of the fawn is a flagon inverted, another occurs in the corner (right bottom). The marginal gestures are surmounted by butterflies. These designs may be heraldic in their significance. The lower margin was probably adorned with a blazon, and therefore removed to prevent identification of former owner.
For Leonardo Bruni of Arezzo (1369-1444), an Italian litterateur and historian, see also T.4.8; T.6.13; U.1.10; U.4.3; and U.6.1.
[Formerly Q.3.8]
Physical Description: Bound volume.
Vellum, 10 x 7, ff. 114, beautifully written in a Roman hand, in single cols. of 26 lines, each 7 x 4, ruled and margined with plummet, signatures (mostly cropped), foliation, contemporary (rubricated) catchwords, gilt illuminated initials, rubrics, few marginalia, mostly contemporary corrections or sub-titles, first folio has the lower margin cut off, the first and last quires worm-holed, much cropped, otherwise in good preservation, fol. sec. Superabundantia. Cent. XV.
Binding: Millboards, covered crimson (faded to brown) grained Russia, gilt-tooled edges, sides and panelled back, Dr. Wm. Hunter's crest (a Hunter's Horn) in the top panel, title (gilt) on dark green morocco shield: ARISTOL | ETHIC. | L. ARETIN. | M.S. Cent. XVIII.
[For detailed collation see: John Young and P. Henderson Aitken, A Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of The Hunterian Museum in The University of Glasgow. (Glasgow, 1908), p. 346.]
Access: Normal conditions
Language: Latin
Material Type: Document
Bibliography: John Young & P.H. Aitken, A catalogue of the manuscripts in the Library of the Hunterian Museum in the University of Glasgow (Glasgow, 1908), p. 346.
Accession Number: 2482
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Repository Code: GB 0247

Names associated with this item:

author: Aristotle
translator: Leonardo Bruni 1369-1444
Italian humanist scholar. Secretary to the papal chancery from 1405. Served as chancellor of Florence from 1427 until his death in 1444. His Historiarum Florentini …
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