Bessarion, Johannes, Cardinal: Epistolae et orationes [Italian].
Translated by Ludovicus Carbo. Add: Demosthenes: Olynthiaca prima (translated by Bessarion).
[Venice: Christophorus Valdarfer], 1471.
8vo. [110 2-38 410 (4/1+χ1) 510 6-78].  leaves (7/8 blank).
ISTC ib00521000; GW 4186; Goff B521; BMC V 183 (IA. 19755); CIBN B-359.
|Shelf-mark:||Sp Coll Hunterian Bx.3.4 (see main library entry for this item)|
|Provenance:||Louis-Jean Gaignat (1697-1768), Secretary to King Louis XV: Gaignat sale, 1769; lot 1511 in Guillaume de Bure, Bibliographie instructive: supplément ... ou catalogue des livres de feu M. L.J. Gaignat, 2 vols (Paris: 1769).
William Hunter (1718-1783), physician and anatomist: purchased by Hunter at the Gaignat sale through his agent, Jean-Baptiste Dessain, for 24 livres 4 sous; see Dessain-Hunter correspondence (University of Glasgow Library, MS Gen. 36, f. 12Ar).
University of Glasgow: Hunterian bequest 1807; Hunterian Museum bookplate on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “Af.10.31”.
|Binding:||France, 18th-century red grained goatskin; covers decorated with a single gold-fillet border; gilt spine title; gilt-edged leaves (gauffered); marbled endpapers; green silk bookmark. Size: 193 x 135 mm.|
|Leaf size:||187 x 129 mm.|
|Annotations:||Evidence of numbered sequences in extreme inner top corner of most rectos, perhaps added by the 18th-century binder.|
|Decoration:||On 1/1r a four-line initial “C” is supplied in gold on a square blue ground; three other initials supplied in either blue or red; in lower margin of 1/1r is a blank shield on a purple (or oxidized silver) background decorated with a pattern of three white dots, which is set within a green laurel wreath, the latter decorated above and below with red ink pen-work (BMC describes what appears to be a similar blank shield within a wreath on the same page and suggests that this may be a woodcut painted).|
|Imperfections:||Wanting the blank leaf 7/8.|