Ambrosius: De officiis.

Add:  Paulinus Mediolanensis:  Vita S. Ambrosii.   [Pseudo-] Ambrosius:  Vita S. Agnetis;  Passio S. Vitalis et Agricolae;  Passio S. Protasii et Gervasii et de inventione corporum.

Milan:  Christophorus Valdarfer, 7 Jan. 1474.
4to.   [1-118 1210 13-158 166].   [128] leaves.
ISTC ia00560000; GW 1611; Goff A560; BMC VI 725 (IB. 26203); Bod-inc A-236; CIBN A-300; BSB-Ink A-472.

The Vita S. Ambrosii is erroneously attributed here to S. Paulinus Nolanus.

GIP number: A56
Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian Bw.3.23 (see main library entry for this item)
Note: Quires 7 and 8 each of 8 leaves as in BMC, not of 6 and 10 as in GW and Bod-inc.
Provenance: Thomas Donatus, (probably Thomas Donatus, OP, d. 1504, Patriarch of Venice, 1492-1504):  inscription on 12/10v (f.98v) “Ex dono fratris thome donati Veneti”.
Venice:  Dominicans, San Domenico di Castello:  16th-century inscription on 1/1r “Conventus S. Dominicj d[e] Castello”.
Louis Jean Gaignat (1697-1768), Secretary to King Louis XV:  Gaignat sale, 1769;  lot 227 in Guillaume de Bure, 'Bibliographie instructive:  supplément ... ou catalogue des livres de feu M. L.J. Gaignat', 2 vols (Paris:  1769).
William Hunter (1718-1783), physician and anatomist:  purchased by Hunter at the Gaignat sale through his agent, Jean-Baptiste Dessain, for 14 livres 1 sou;  see 'Dessain-Hunter correspondence' (University of Glasgow Library, MS Gen. 36, f.24v).
University of Glasgow:  Hunterian bequest, 1807;  Hunterian Museum bookplate on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “A.8.10”.
Binding: France, 18th-century blue goatskin decorated with triple gold fillets, a small gold fleuron at each corner;  gold-tooled spine;  marbled endpapers;  gilt-edged leaves;  pink silk bookmark.   Size:  238 x 164 mm.
Leaf size: 230 x 157 mm.
Annotations: Copious textual and typographical corrections (including punctuation) in an early hand;  occasional “nota” marks.
Decoration: Five-line initial “N” on 1/1r supplied in blue with decorative red pen-work extending into the margin;  several other smaller initials supplied in blue with red pen-work decoration;  other initials in plain red or blue;  paragraph marks supplied in red or blue.
Imperfections: Wanting gatherings 13-16 containing the tracts by Paulinus Mediolanesis and Pseudo- Ambrosius.


Opening page of 'De officiis' by Ambrosius. Sp Coll Hunterian Bw.3.23.