Arnoldus de Geilhoven: Gnotosolitos, sive Speculum conscientiae.

Brussels:  [Fratres Vitae Communis], 25 May 1476.
Fol.   [1-1310 148 15-2710 288 29-3110 32-338 3410 3512 36-4510 46-488 496].   [474] leaves, 333 blank.
ISTC ia01063000; GW 2512; Goff A1063; Bod-inc A-431; Polain(B) 1558 & 1558A; CIBN A-567; BSB-Ink A-749.

GIP number: A99
Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian Bg.1.3 (see main library entry for this item)
Note: For a description of this copy, see Elly Cockx-Indestege, ‘The Gnotosolitos of Arnold Geilhoven published by the Brothers of the Common Life in Brussels in 1476:  observations on the surviving copies as evidence for the distribution’, in M. Davies, ed., 'Incunabula:  studies in fifteenth-century printed books presented to Lotte Hellinga' (London:  British Library, 1999), p. 40.
Variants: In this copy the so-called 'Presens'-leaf (the incipit of the leaf containing the colophon) is present in variant settings both at the beginning and at the end, i.e. as 1/1v and 48/8r (f. 468r) - cf. GW's main transcription;  1/2r, col. 1, line 2: "... iohāni ...' as GW and Polain(B) 1558A, not '... Iohāni ...' as GW Anm. and Polain(B) 1558;  1/2r, col. 1, line 3: "bruxellēſis." as GW Anm. and Polain(B) 1558, not "... bruxellenſis" as GW's main transcription and Polain(B) 1558A;  4/2r (f. 32r), col. 2, lines 49-50: "... Tercia || ... Quarta", not "... Tera || Quara” - cf. CIBN; 36/1r (f. 345r), col. 2, line 10: “... ſecūda pors ...”, not “... ſecūda pars ...” as Polain(B) 1558 and GW - cf. CIBN.
Provenance: William Hunter (1718-1783), physician and anatomist:  source unknown.
University of Glasgow:  Hunterian bequest 1807;  Hunterian Museum bookplate on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “Ag.5.17”.
Binding: England, 18th-century calf;  covers decorated with a gold-tooled fillet border and a separate floral ornament at each corner;  gold-tooled spine;  marbled endpapers;  yellow-edged leaves;  front and rear flyleaves have watermark of a an armorial shield:  a bend sinister, a fleur-de-lys surmounting the shield and the letters “G R” below the shield.   Size:  385 x 290 mm.
Leaf size: 375 x 279 mm.
Annotations: Evidence of early manuscript signatures in brown and in red ink;  paginated in ink in an early hand “1”-“11” from 2/4r-2/9r (ff. 14r-19r).
Decoration: A sixteen-line initial “H” on 1/2r is supplied in red and blue with reserved white and surrounded by pen-work lines and stylized leaves which extend into the margins, the bowl of the initial is decorated with sprays of flowers in red, yellow and green on a background of brown cross-hatching;  several other principal initials supplied in red and blue with reserved white;  smaller initials supplied in red (sometimes with reserved white);  paragraph marks in red throughout.
Imperfections: Wanting gathering 49.

Penwork decorated initial in Arnoldus de Geilhoven: Gnotosolitos, sive Speculum conscientiae