Bartolus de Saxoferrato: Super prima parte Infortiati

Venice: Johannes de Colonia and Johannes Manthen, 2 May 1477.
Fol. a12 b-c8 d10 e8 f-g10 h-m8 n-t10 u8 x6 y8 z10 aa-ee10 ff8 gg12 (-gg7) hh10 II6. [293] leaves (a1 blank?).
Note: a2 signed “a”, a3 signed “aij.”, etc.
ISTC ib00232000;  GW 3614;  Goff B232;  BMC V 232 (IC. 20300);  Bod-inc B-118;  BSB-Ink B-184.

GIP number: B19
Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian Bv.1.3 (see main library entry for this item)
Variant: In this copy the Registrum is printed on II6v (in BMC and GW it is found on a1v).
Note: Stub showing between gg6 and gg8, and the sewing comes after gg6.
Provenance: 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;  no. 3149 (which includes three other 15th-century editions of Bartolus de Saxoferrato) in Osborne’s Catalogus bibliothecae Harleianae, vol. 3 (London: 1744);  the three accompanying editions of Bartolus de Saxoferrato, uniformly bound in 18th-century diced russia, are also in the Hunterian Library (see shelfmarks Bv.1.1 (B17), Bv.1.2 (B18), Bv.1.4 (B20)).
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.3.3”.
Binding: England, 18th-century gold-tooled diced russia, bound for Lord Harley by Christopher Chapman.  On both covers double fillets form a frame, within which is a border made up of three separate tools including Nixon, ‘Harleian bindings’, pl. 15, Chapman no. 11.  The head and foot of the spine are decorated with Nixon, ‘Harleian bindings’, pl. 14, Chapman roll 2, and the spine compartments are decorated with several individual tools, one of which is a slightly larger version of Nixon, ‘Harleian bindings’, pl. 15, Chapman no. 17.  The edges are decorated with Chapman roll 2, and the turn-ins are undecorated;  marbled endpapers;  remains of leather tabs.  Size: 434 x 295 mm.
Leaf size: 421 x 281 mm.
Annotations: Very occasional marginal annotations and headings in 15th/16th-century hands.
Decoration: On a2r a nine-line initial “Q” is supplied in shades of green to represent foliage and is set on a square gold ground, with foliate decoration in blue, dull pink, and green extending into the inner margin, and with similar decoration in the lower margin;  other initials throughout supplied mainly in alternate red and blue, often with reserved white and often with extensive marginal flourishes;  a few initials supplied in interlocking red and blue;  paragraph marks supplied throughout in alternate red and blue, capital strokes in red.
Imperfections: Wanting a1 (blank?).

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