Alberti, Leo Baptista: De re aedificatoria.

Edited by Bernardus de Albertis.   Add:  Angelus Politianus:  Epistola ad Laurentium Medicem.   Baptista Siculus:  Carmen ad lectorem.

Florence: Nicolaus Laurentii, Alamanus, 29 Dec. 1485.

Fol. a-d8 e6 f-o8 p6 q-z8 &8 [con]8 [rum]8.  [204] leaves.  a1 unsigned, a2 signed ‘ai’, etc.;  p1 mis-signed ‘pii’, p2 correctly signed ‘pii’.
ISTC ia00215000GW 579; Goff A215; BMC VI 630 (IB. 27125, IB. 27125a); Bod-inc A-092; CIBN A-112; BSB-Ink A-125.

Two copies listed in Glasgow Incunabula Project; copy 1 held by University of Glasgow Library and copy 2 held by the Mitchell Library

Copy 1

GIP number: A14
Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian Be.3.11 (see main library entry for this item)
Variants: Colophon on [rum]7v follows BMC’s second and third copies (IB. 27125, IB. 27125a): ‘LAVS DEO HONOR ET GLORIA. || LEONIS BAPTISTAE || ALBERTI FLOREN||TINI VIRI CLA||riſſimi de re || Aedificatoria opus elegātiſſi||mū et qnāmaxime utile: Flo||rentiæ accuratiſſime impreſ||ſum opera Magiſtri Nicolai || Laurentii Alamani: Anno ſa||lutis Milleſimo octuageſimo || quinto: quarto Kalendas Ianuarias.’;  [rum]8r, line 1: ‘... p[er]ſona ...’ as in BMC’s second and third copies;  [rum]8r, final line: ‘EINIS’ as in BMC’s second and third copies.  In quire [rum] the fourth leaf is correctly signed ‘[rum]iiii’ as opposed to the Bodleian and Mitchell Library (Glasgow) copies where the number has been added by hand.
Provenance: Paris, Jesuits:  “Coll. Paris Societ. Jesu” on a1r;  lot 2231 in "Catalogue des livres de la bibliothèque des ci-devant soi-disans Jésuites de Collège de Clermont" (Paris: 1764);  sold for 25 livres 1 sou according to the priced copy of the sale catalogue in University of Glasgow Library.
Peter Molini, bookseller, London:  sold book to William Hunter.
William Hunter (1718-1783), physician and anatomist:  purchased from Molini 21 May 1772 for £3.10.0;  see Molini’s bill to Hunter (University of Glasgow, Hunter Papers H219);  price also written in pencil on rear free endpaper “3.10--”.
University of Glasgow:  Hunterian bequest 1807;  Hunterian Museum bookplate and book label on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “Ab.9.7”.
Binding: France, 18th-century red goatskin decorated with triple gold fillets, a small gold fleuron at each corner;  gold-tooled spine;  marbled endpapers;  gilt-edged leaves;  turquoise silk bookmark.   Size:  278 x 208 mm.
Leaf size: 271 x 198 mm.
Annotations: Occasional marginal annotations in a 16th-century hand (more extensive in quire n);  occasional manicules and “nota” marks;  18th-century sale or inventory number “28” in red crayon on front free endpaper;  the same hand has also numbered in red crayon By.1.2 ("148"), and two Hunterian manuscripts:  MS Hunter 391, Bartholomaeus Anglicus, De proprietatibus rerum ("153") and MS Hunter 445, Ovid, Metamorphoseon libri XV ("163"); see N.R. Ker, William Hunter as a collector of medieval manuscripts (Glasgow: 1983), p. 15.
Decoration: 16th-century marginal ink diagrams in quires b and c.
Imperfections: None.

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Copy 2

Shelf-mark: 167501
Variant: Setting of the colophon on [rum]7v follows that of BMC VI 630 (IB. 27125b), not (IB. 27125a).  Signature [rum]4 has the number added by hand as in the Bodleian copy, unlike the GUL copy where the signature is correctly printed.
Provenance: Reverendus Pater Godart (fl. 1638):  inscription “Ex dono R.P. Godart Prioris mon[aste]rij PP Coelestinor[um] Parisiis Die 24 Aprilis 1638” on a1r.
Paris, Celestines, S Maria (suppressed 1779):  see above.
André Du Saussay (1589-1675), Bishop of Toul (1655-1675):  inscription “pertinet ad me Du Saussay Ægid[ii] Past[orem]” on a1r, followed by “Ex Biblioth[eca] Ill[ustrissi]mi et R[everendiss]imi D.D. Andreae Du Saussay Episcopi et comitiorum tullentiorum 1656”.
Jacques Joye (17th century):  inscription “Jacobi Joye” on a1v.
Sebastien Mordan, (17th century):  inscription “Sebastianus Mordan pastor in poully [Pouilly?]” on a2r.
William Euing (1788-1874), insurance broker, Glasgow:  source unknown.
Stirling’s Public Library (now part of the Mitchell Library), Glasgow:  presented by William Euing, 1 Apr. 1870;  see Glasgow University Library, MS Euing 50.
Binding: Scotland, 20th century; dark brown, gold-tooled morocco; gold-tooled spine, gilt turn-ins, gilt-edged leaves, modern marbled endpapers; “Bound by Dunn & Wilson” stamped in gilt on rear turn-in; previous binding unrecorded. Size: 276 x 198 mm.
Leaf size: 267 x 190 mm.
Annotations: Occasional corrections of text in a 16th-century hand; occasional marginal annotations in a 17th-century hand, which has also supplied book headings on recto leaves up to z7, and a pagination (with errors) “1”-“358” from a2-z7 (most versos not numbered); occasional “nota” marks and underlining; signature [rum]4 has the number added in manuscript - as in the Bodleian copy.
Decoration: None.
Imperfections: Wanting the final leaf [rum]8.

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