Biblia latina.

Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, 16 Nov. 1475.
Fol. [1-810 9-108 11-2310 24-258 26-3810 3912 40-4810 498]. [482] leaves (49/2 blank).
ISTC ib00543000;  GW 4218;  Goff B543;  BMC II 413 (IC. 7130);  Bod-inc B-252;  CIBN B-373;  BSB-Ink B-420.

Two copies held by the University of Glasgow.

Copy 1

GIP number: B44/1
Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian Be.1.4 (see main library entry for this item)
Variant: 1/1r, col. 1, line 1:  setting is as in BMC and in GW’s main transcription, not as in GW Anm.
Note: 49/8 (f. 482) mounted.
Provenance: Louis Jean Gaignat (1697-1768), Secretary to King Louis XV:  Gaignat sale, 1769; lot 24 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 36 livres 1 sou;  see Dessain-Hunter correspondence (University of Glasgow Library, MS Gen. 36, f. 23r).
University of Glasgow:  Hunterian bequest, 1807;  Hunterian Museum bookplate on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “Bd.6.7”.
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;  green silk bookmark;  watermark on front flyleaf “MGIS MOLEN” and fleur-de-lys watermark with date “1742” on rear flyleaf.   Size:  361 x 270 mm.
Leaf size: 350 x 253 mm.
Annotations: Occasional marginal annotations in 16th and 17th-century hands;  occasional manicules.
Decoration: Crudely painted initials supplied in red, green, or blue (some in outline and occasionally with the colours combined) in quires 1-16, 23-25, 33, 35-37 (i.e. ff. 1-156, 217-242, 313-322, 333-362);  a few of the initials incorporate grotesque faces, and the initial “I” is occasionally represented in the form of a fish;  capital strokes in red in the same quires;  in the remaining quires initials are intermittently supplied in brown ink;  running titles (with some gaps) in black ink or in red.
Imperfections: Wanting the blank leaf 49/2 (f. 476);  volume water-damaged at least since the mid 18th century - the annotated Glasgow University Library copy of De Bure’s Bibliographie instructive notes that this copy is “gâté”.

Decorated penwork initial in Biblia


Copy 2 

GIP number: B44/2
Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Euing Dt-a.9 (see main library entry for this item)
Variant: 1/1r, col. 1, line 1:  setting is as in GW Anm., not as in GW’s main transcription and in BMC.
Note: The blank leaf 49/2 (f. 476) is bound at the end after 49/8.
Provenance: Regensburg, Bavaria, Discalced Carmelites (dissolved 1803):  inscription on 1/1v “Conventus Ratisbonensis Carmelit[arum] Discalceat[orum]”.
Edward Craven Hawtrey (1789-1862), Provost of Eton College;  inscription in pencil on verso of front free endpaper “This Copy belonged to Dr. Hawtrey - Master of Eton College and was bought at his Sale by W.E. in July 1853”;  lot 329 (“from the Convent of the Carmelites, at Ratisbon”) in Catalogue of the first division of the larger portion of the valuable library of the Rev. Dr. Hawtrey, Provost of Eton. Which will be sold by auction, by Messrs. S. Leigh Sotheby & John Wilkinson ... on Friday, July 1st [1853] ... [London: 1853];  sold for £8.10.0 to William Straker according to the annotated BL copy of the Hawtrey sale catalogue - shelfmark S.C.S. 372(3).
William Straker (fl. 1810-1854) bookseller, London:  sold book to William Euing.
William Euing (1788-1874), insurance broker, Glasgow:  Euing’s pencil acquisition note with price code “5-7-53 a/h/” on verso of front free endpaper, together with his inventory number “No 28” and shelfmark “VI-x-4”.
University of Glasgow:  Euing bequest, 1874.
Binding: England, 19th-century, gold-tooled maroon goatskin;  covers decorated with a dentelle border of triple fillets, three different floral rolls;  gold-tooled spine;  marbled endpapers;  gilt-edged leaves with red underlay;  front and rear flyleaves have a watermark of an armorial shield with a bend sinister surmounted by a fleur-de-lys and with the letters “L V G” below, and countermark “I V”;  binder’s stamp on verso of front free endpaper “Bound by J. Mackenzie Bookbinder to the King”;  occasional evidence of early index tabs.   Size:  407 x 280 mm.
Leaf size: 388 x 267 mm.
Annotations: Occasional marginal annotations in 16th-century hands, in black or brown ink and also in deep red ink;  occasional corrections of text;  foliated in reddish brown ink in a 15th/16th-century hand “j”-“cccclxxviiij” from 1/4-49/8 (ff. 4-482);  a “Registru[m] sup[er] libros biblie ...” is supplied in a 16th-century hand on 49/8v (f. 482v) and continues onto the recto of the blank 49/2 (f. 476) which is bound after it.
Decoration: On 1/1r an eight-line initial 'F', which is supplied in shades of dark blue with white tracery, is set on a square gold ground, and foliate decoration in shades of mauve extends from the initial into the inner margin;  on the same page the centre margin is decorated with a vertical narrow bar in gold around which is entwined foliate decoration in mauve, grey and green extending into the lower margin, and the outer and upper margins of the page are decorated with purple and green pen-work;  on 1/4r a six-line initial “I” in shades of green to resemble foliage is set on a square gold ground;  a similarly decorated six-line initial “B” is supplied in blue and set on a square gold ground on 23/3v (f. 219v), and the page is further embellished with foliate decoration in mauve, blue, green and gold in the centre and lower margins;  a six-line initial “P” is supplied in shades of mauve and set on a square gold ground on 26/1r (f. 243r);  other major initials are supplied throughout in red and blue with reserved white, are infilled with pen-work decoration in green and purple, and have lavish pen-work extensions into the margins;  smaller initials throughout supplied in red or blue;  capital strokes and paragraph marks supplied in red throughout;  running titles supplied in red;  in the Book of Psalms all capitals within the text are supplied in alternate red and blue.
Imperfections: None.

Decorated and illuminated page in Biblia