The Medici Aesop

Title:
The Medici Aesop
Library:
New York Public Library
Language:
Greek
City:
NEW YORK, NY, USA
Shelf Mark:
Spencer MS 50
Alternate Names:
Aesop’s Fables -- The Spencer Aesop
Origin:
Florence
Dimensions:
75 folios -- ca. 195 mm x 110mm. (assuming the folios are reproduced full-size)
Date Description:
ca. 1488
Author:
Aesop (ca. 620-560 B.C.) ? -- The illuminations are almost certainly by Gherardo di Giovanni (1444-97).
Content:
Aesop’s Fables in Greek, with illustrations most likely by Gherardo di Giovanni (1444-97) (see p.10 of introduction to facsimile) note: the text of this manuscript was copied from a printed book published in Milan in 1480 by Bono Accurzio, together with a Latin translation by Rinucci Aretino.
Illuminations:
Yes
Type of Decoration:
decorated initials -- elaborate decorative border on left side of each page ( stylized flowers, green leaves, dots of gold leaf, and a filigree in pen and ink) -- numerous gold-framed scenes filling circa 1/4 folio and preceding the corresponding Greek text -- scenes of daily life -- animals (often with scenery of meadows and mountains in the background) -- insects -- hunting -- fishing --
Musical Notation:
No
Call Number:
Medieval [7th Floor Hesburgh] General Collection PA 3855 .E5 M33 1989 Non-Circulating
Commentary Volume:
No
Nature of Facsimile:
Color reproduction of the entire manuscript, apparently full-size [the codex is described as a small, compact volume (easily held in one hand) on p. 7 of the introduction] -- each reproduced page is surrounded by a wide margin accommodating the translation into English -- .
Publication Date:
1989
Place of Publication:
New York, NY, USA
Publisher:
Abrams
Notes:
Complete translation provided alongside the reproduced folios, starting each time at the illumination introducing a fable - Art historical introduction. Other names: Everett Fahy. Bernard McTigue.
Type of Text:
classical, literature, moralizing, secular