Ambrosius: Expositio in evangelium S. Lucae.

Augsburg:  Anton Sorg, 1476.
Fol.   [1-210 312 4-1310.8 14-1510 166 (16/5+1) 1710].   [159] leaves.
Woodcut initials.
ISTC ia00554000;  Goff A554;  BMC II 344;  Bod-inc A-231;  GW 1602.

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian Be.2.9 (see main library entry for this item)
Note: Blind impressions of seven lines of type on 1/1v, of one line of type on 2/1r (f.11r), and of six lines of type on 17/10r (f.159r) - cf. BMC and Walsh 561 for details.
Note: Blank stub visible between 16/1 and 16/2 (ff.143 and 144).
Variants: 2/9r (f.19r), final line ends “venit.”, not “venit” cf. CIBN A-293;  17/10r (f.159r), line 12 reads “... ſtanneis ...”, as in BMC and GW’s main description, not “... ſtagneis ...” as in GW’s Anm.
Provenance: Arnstein ob der Lahn (near Koblenz), Premonstratensians, BVM and S. Nicholas:  inscription on 1/2r “Liber sancte Marie sanctiq[ue] Nicholai patronor[um] in Arnstey[n]”.
Edward Harley (1689-1741), Lord Harley;  from 1724 2nd Earl of Oxford:  see Binding.
Thomas Osborne (d. 1767), bookseller:  purchased all the Harleian printed books;  top corner of first front flyleaf 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); no. 1309  in Osborne’s 'Catalogus bibliothecae Harleianae', vol. 3 (London:  1744) and no. 2385 in his 'Catalogus bibliothecae Harleianae', vol. 5 (London: 1745).
John Ratcliffe (1707-1776), book collector:  Ratcliffe’s inscription “Perfect” on a slip of paper stuck down on 1/1r;  lot 809  in 'Bibliotheca Ratcliffiana' (1776).
William Hunter (1718-1783), physician and anatomist:  purchased by Hunter for £3.3.0 at the Ratcliffe sale according to the annotated BL copy of the Ratcliffe sale catalogue (shelfmark 822.d.6).
University of Glasgow:  Hunterian bequest 1807;  Hunterian Museum bookplate on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “T.5.3”.
Binding: England, 18th-century gold-tooled red morocco;  bound for Lord Harley by Christopher Chapman.   On both covers triple fillets form a frame, within which are two ornamental rolls, the first of interlocking crescents and the second is Nixon, ‘Harleian bindings’, pl. 14, Chapman roll 4.   Both covers have a lozenge-shaped centre-piece, made up of several individual tools including Nixon ‘Harleian bindings’, pl. 15, Chapman nos 1a, 1b, 3, 5, 11.   The spine tools include Chapman nos 4 and 13;  the turn-ins are decorated with Chapman roll 2;  marbled endpapers.   Size:  323 x 218 mm.
Leaf size: 312 x 203 mm.
Annotations: Copious marginal annotations throughout in more than one 16th-century hand, including frequent Biblical references;  some corrections of text, and renumbering of book numbers;  chapter numbers of St Luke’s gospel supplied throughout as a running heading;  16th-century manuscript title on 1/1r “Ambrosius super Lucam & dividitur In decem Libros” above which is an earlier manuscript title which has been scored through;  early manuscript signatures throughout (with occasional evidence of a duplicate set of signatures in some gatherings).
Decoration: Woodcut initials decorated in red throughout;  capital strokes and paragraph marks supplied in red throughout.
Imperfections: None.

Monastic ownership inscription in Ambrosius: Expositio in evangelium S. Lucae