Appianus: Historia Romana (Partes I-II).

Translated by Petrus Candidus Decembrius.

Venice:  Bernhard Maler (Pictor), Erhard Ratdolt and Peter Löslein, 1477.
4to.   Part I:  a-i10 k-n8 o10.   [132] leaves, the first blank.   Part II:  a-c10 d12 e-x10.   [212] leaves, the first blank.
Woodcut borders;  woodcut initials.
ISTC ia00928000; GW 2290; Goff A928; BMC V 244 (IB. 20486); Bod-inc A-363; CIBN A-482; BSB-Ink A-651.

Two copies held by the University of Glasgow.

Copy 1

GIP number: A71/2
Shelf-mark: Sp Coll BD7-d.16 (see main library entry for this item)
Note: Some copies have borders printed in red (GW Anm.);  in this copy of part II only, the woodcut border on a2r is printed in black.
Provenance: George Willis (1813-1895), bookseller, London:  sold book to William Euing.  
William Euing (1788-1874), insurance broker, Glasgow:  purchased from Willis 1 Nov. 1851 according to Euing’s pencil acquisition note with price code on verso of front free endpaper “1.11.51 ae/- Willis” together with an early Euing inventory number “No. 5” (repeated on Euing’s armorial bookplate on front pastedown).
University of Glasgow:  presented by Euing in 1872 according to University Library bookplate on front pastedown.
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;  green silk bookmark.   Size:  277 x 206 mm.
Leaf size: 269 x 193 mm.
Annotations: Brief marginal note in a 16th-century hand on a5r;  “nota” marks on a4v;  16th-century marginal annotation in Greek on t4r with underlining of text;  running book numbers “1”-“5” in centre of upper margins of recto leaves;  18th-century code in ink on rear free endpaper “nhdtt” or perhaps “12hdtt” with a bar above and below the code (for a closely similar code, see infra By.3.13 Mela, Pomponius, Cosmographia. [Venice:  Simon Bevilaqua, ca. 1498]);  19th-century pencil number “2486” on rear free endpaper together with price codes “m/-” and “w-d-b”;  19th-century price code faintly written in pencil on verso of front free endpaper “b/-/-”;  Euing’s note of Dibdin’s comments on this edition in 'Bibliotheca Spenceriana', IV, pp. 439-40, tipped onto front free endpaper.
Decoration: Capitals touched with yellow wash throughout.
Imperfections: Part II only.   Wanting the blank leaf a1.

Woodcut border in Appianus: Historia Romana (Partes I-II)

Copy 2

GIP number: A71/1
Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian Bw.2.14, 15 (see main library entry for this item)
Bound with: Some copies have borders printed in red (GW Anm.);  in this copy the woodcut border of part I on a2r is printed in black, that of part II on a2r is printed in red.
Provenance: Unidentified library:  largely erased early ownership inscriptions on a2r of part I and a2r of part II beginning “Bibl ...”
Edward Harley (1689-1741), Lord Harley;  from 1724 2nd Earl of Oxford:  see below.
Thomas Osborne (d. 1767), bookseller:  purchased all the Harleian printed books;  top corner of front free endpaper of part II cut off - as in many other Harleian volumes - probably by Osborne to remove his earlier price (cf. J.B. Oldham, 'Shrewsbury School bindings', p.114);  revised price in pencil “2V 2=12=6” adjacent to excision and the number "157" in pencil below;  no. 4514 in Osborne’s 'Catalogus bibliothecae Harleianae', vol. 1 (London:  1743) and no. 1069 in Osborne’s 'Catalogus bibliothecae Harleianae', vol. 3 (London:  1744).
William Hunter (1718-1783), physician and anatomist:  source unknown.
University of Glasgow:  Hunterian bequest 1807;  Hunterian Museum bookplate on front pastedown of each volume, with former shelfmarks “N.4.3” and “Au.4.16”.
Binding: England, 18th-century gold-tooled diced russia, bound for Lord Harley by Thomas Elliott.   On the covers of both volumes triple fillets form the frame of a centre panel, whose outer corners are decorated with an ornamental tool (Nixon, ‘Harleian bindings’, pl. 15, Elliott no. 8);  within the frame is an unidentified foliate roll in blind;  the covers are further decorated with a gilt border formed by double fillets.   Spine compartments of vol. 1 decorated with a tool not illustrated in Nixon, ‘Harleian bindings’, pl. 14, and the compartments of vol. 2 are decorated with a different tool (also not illustrated in Nixon);  edges decorated with a smaller version of Nixon, ‘Harleian bindings’, pl. 14, Elliott roll 2;  turn-ins undecorated;  sprinkled red-edged leaves.   Size:  288 x 221 mm.
Leaf size: 281 x 211 mm.
Annotations: On rear free endpaper of part II “1726 ye 2 Vol. cost £2..2..0”.
Decoration: Woodcut borders of both parts and woodcut initials throughout coloured by hand;  capitals touched with yellow wash throughout;  offsetting from the painted border on a2r of part II visible in the lower and inner margins of e10v.   See N.R. Thorp, 'The glory of the page', no. 98.
Imperfections: Wanting the blank leaf a1 of Part II.

Coloured woodcut border in Appianus: Historia Romana (Partes I-II)