Burlaeus, Gualtherus: De vita et moribus philosophorum. With the lives of Petrarch and Boethius, and Dicta philosophorum.

[Cologne:  Printer of the Flores Sancti Augustini (Johann Schilling), for William Caxton, ca. 1472]
Fol. [1-410 58 610].  [58] leaves.
ISTC ib01318000;  GW 5784;  Goff B1318;  BMC I 234 (IB. 3777);  Bod-inc B-609;  CIBN B-927;  BSB-Ink B-991.

Printer tentatively identified as Johann Veldener by S. Corsten, in Journal of the Printing Historical Society, 11 (1976/77), pp. 1-18, but as Schilling working for Caxton by P. Needham in Ars impressoria: Entstehung und Entwicklung des Buchdrucks. Eine internationale Festgabe für Severin Corsten zum 65. Geburtstag, ed. H. Limburg, H. Lohse, and W. Schmitz (München: 1986), pp. 117-20.  BSB-Ink dates to second half of 1471

GIP number: B117
Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian Bx.2.6 (see main library entry for this item)
Provenance: Louis-Léon-Félicité, duc de Brancas de Lauraguais (1733-1824):  lot 758 in Guillaume de Bure, Catalogue d’une collection de livres choisis, provenans du cabinet de M*** (Paris:  1770).
William Hunter (1718-1783), physician and anatomist:  purchased by Hunter at the Brancas de Lauraguais sale through his agent, Peter Molini, for 24 livres 4 sous;  see Molini’s bill to Hunter (University of Glasgow Library, Hunter Papers H214).
University of Glasgow:  Hunterian bequest 1807;  Hunterian Museum bookplate on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “O.3.2”.
Binding: France, 18th-century red goatskin;  covers decorated with a triple gold-fillet border, a small gold fleuron at each corner;  gold-tooled spine;  marbled endpapers;  gilt-edged leaves;  turquoise silk bookmark.  Size:  294 x 208 mm.
Leaf size: 288 x 200 mm.
Annotations: Foliated in an early hand from 1/2 onwards “1”-“55”, “57”-“58”.
Decoration: Six-line initial “D” on 1/2r supplied in red and faded blue with reserved white;  other initials supplied in alternate red and faded blue throughout;  occasional paragraph marks and underlining supplied in red.
Imperfections: None.


Opening page of text from 'De vita et moribus philosophorum'. Sp Coll Hunterian Bx.2.6.