Biblia latina.

With the Glossa Ordinaria of [Pseudo-] Walafrid Strabo and interlinear glosses of [Pseudo-] Anselmus Laudunensis.

[Strassburg: Adolf Rusch, with the type of Johann Amerbach, for Anton Koberger at Nuremberg, not after 1480]

Fol. [110 2-158 166 1710 18-308 31-326 33-478 4810 49-518 52-536 548 55-566 57-588 59-606 618 626 63-728 7310 74-798 806 81-828 8310 84-948 95-966 9710 98-1018 102-1046 105-1118 112-1136 114-1308 1316 1328 (132/1+χ1) 1338 1346 13510 136-1438 144-1456 1468 1476 148-1548 15510].  [1211] leaves (17/10, 155/9-10 i.e. ff. 138, 1210, 1211 blank).

ISTC ib00607000;  GW 4282;  Goff B607;  BMC I 92 (IC. 813);  Bod-inc B-314;  CIBN B-427;  BSB-Ink B-442.

Imprint as Sack(Freiburg) 656. Ascribed to the Basel press of Johann Amerbach by A. Hartmann (Amerbach-korrespondenz (1942), I, p. 2, n. 2). The printing, however, seems to have been done by Rusch at Strassburg with types borrowed from Amerbach: F. Geldner in Archiv für Geschichte des Buchwesens, 23 (1982), cols 684-8. GW dates shortly after 23 Sept. 1481 but manuscript notes in the Sion College copy and in Oates 124 are dated 1480.

The unusual and complex method of quire signing found in this edition (see BMC and GW collations), in which signatures consist of the first seven letters of the alphabet repeated non-sequentially, does not indicate the ordering of the quires. Rather, these letters appear to be a form of press figure, each letter referring to one of the seven presses used to the print the worke work.

Two copies listed in Glasgow Incunabula Project;  copy 1 held by University of Glasgow Library and copy 2 held by the Mitchell Library

Copy 1

GIP number: B55
Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Euing Dn-a.3-5 (see main library entry for this item)
Note: Bound in 3 volumes:  vol. I, Genesis-II Chronicles (quires 1-48);  vol. II, Ezra-Baruch (quires 49-97, with Psalms misbound between Ecclesiasticus and Isaiah);  vol. III, Ezechiel-Revelation (quires 98-155).  Stub showing between 132/7 and 132/8.
Variants: Compared with the fifteen variants detailed in CIBN, this copy has the following settings:  1/1r, col. 1, line 1: var. B;  1/2r, col. 1, line 1: var. B;  1/3r, col. 2, line 1: var. B;  1/4r, col. 1, line 2: var. B;  18/1r, col. 2, line 16: var. B;  26/1r, col. 4, line 10, var. B;  28/1r, col. 2, line 3: var. A;  33/1r, col 2, line 2: var. B;  33/2r, col. 4, line 1: var. B;  41/1r, col. 2, line 4: var. B;  42/1r, col. 1, line 1: var. B;  45/1r, col. 3, line 17: var. A;  46/1r, col. 3, line 1: var. B;  quires 115 and 116: running heading is variant B;  150/1r, beginning of col. 2: the gloss is var. B.
Provenance: Polling, diocese of Augsburg, Augustinian Canons, SS. Jacobus, Salvator et Crux (dissolved 1803):  inscription “Monasterij S. Saluatoris & S. Crucis in Polling” on the first page of each volume;  printed bookplates on pastedowns with engraving of Christ on the Cross and lettered “Iste liber est monasterij SS. Saluatoris & S. Crucis in Polling” (see Warnecke 1598).
Brown, bookseller (fl. 1852):  sold book to William Euing.
William Euing (1788-1874), insurance broker, Glasgow:  purchased from Brown 1 Apr. 1852 according to Euing’s acquisition note with price code “1.4.52 axe/ Brown” together with Euing’s inventory number “No 33” on front pastedown of vol. I;  Euing’s shelfmarks “XIII.a.1”, “XIII.a.2”, “XIII.a.3” on front pastedowns.
University of Glasgow:  Euing bequest, 1874.
Binding: Germany, early 17th-century blind-tooled pigskin over bevelled wooden boards;  covers have a centre panel design within five frames formed by five different foliate and floral rolls;  the centre panels are tooled with a foliate roll forming a diamond shape, within which is a stepped centre-piece, and at the inner corners of each panel is a separate foliate stamp;  spines undecorated;  four paper labels with manuscript titles on each spine;  edges decorated with diagonal lines of sprinkled red;  two chased metal and pigskin clasps on each volume, with catch plates on front boards;  at the top edge of each front pastedown is a small ink stamp of a flower head with eight petals;  free endpapers have watermark of the arms of Augsburg i.e. a pine-cone on a pediment within a shield and with a letter “M” extending from each of the two upper corners of the shield (cf. Briquet 2118 for a similar watermark without the letters).   Size:  474 x 327 mm.
Leaf size: 451 x 305 mm.
Annotations: Brief interlinear annotations in a 16th-century hand in quires 33 and 34;  on the front pastedown of vol. I is a shelfmark in pencil “3i:-/f5” partially obscured by the University Library bookplate, and almost completely obscured in the other two volumes;  19th-century price “£5.5” faintly written in pencil on front pastedown of vol. I.
Decoration: Initials supplied throughout in red or in greenish blue (often with reserved white and with marginal flourishes);  capital strokes and paragraph supplied in red throughout.
Imperfections: Wanting the blank leaves 155/9-10.

Interlinear annotations in Biblia

 Copy 2

Accession number: 167505
Note: The Pauline Epistles are bound at the end.
Provenance: Unidentified owner:  unidentified painted coat of arms in lower margin of 119/1r:  party per pale sable and or, dexter an eight-pointed star or, sinister a lily stalk vert with two flowers.
Richard Farmer (1735-1797), Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge; Librarian, Cambridge University Library:  inscription on recto of front parchment flyleaf “R. Farmer. This is the Vulgate Testament of the ‘Biblia cum Glossa ordinaria’ probably printed at Nuremberg in 1479.  There is a Copy among the Archives of the University Library, which was purchased for the Abbey of Stratford Langthorn in Essex in 1480 ...”;  lot 1064 “Biblia Vulgata, cum Glossa ordinaria, probably printed at Nuremberg, in 1479” in Bibliotheca Farmeriana. A catalogue of the curious, valuable and extensive library ... of the late Revd Richard Farmer ... (London: Thomas King, 7-16 May, 1798);  sold for £1.3.0 to Faulder according to the annotated copy of the sale catalogue in University of Glasgow Library.
Robert Faulder (1747-1815), bookseller, New Bond Street, London:  see above.
Maurice Ogle & Son, booksellers, Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow (1832-1871):  sold book to William Euing.
William Euing (1788-1874), insurance broker, Glasgow:  purchased from Ogle 22 Apr. 1844 according to Euing’s faintly written pencil acquisition note with price code “22 4/44 eb/ Ογλε” on front pastedown.  Note on this edition by Euing pasted onto front pastedown.
Stirling’s Public Library (now part of the Mitchell Library): Glasgow:  bookplate inscribed “A Donation from Wm. Euing Esq”.
Binding: 16th-century brown blind-tooled calf over wooden boards;  rebacked in 19th century with red calf, spine compartments decorated in gilt with a radiant sun and a Greek key roll. Original calf covers on both boards decorated with quadruple fillets to form five concentric rectangles.  The inner rectangle is decorated with a square-shaped floral(?) stamp repeated in rows, but with the leather at the centre of the rectangle left undecorated to form the shape of a Greek cross;  the second rectangle is decorated with several separate stamps - a pear-shaped stamp of a double-headed eagle, a lozenge-shaped stamp of a pierced heart, roundels with symbols of the Evangelists, a large rosette stamp, a small triangular-shaped foliate stamp;  the third rectangle is decorated with a rosette and a bar entwined with foliage;  the fourth rectangle has roundels with symbols of the Evangelists, a lozenge-shaped stamp of a unicorn, two different fleur-de-lys stamps, two different floral roundels;  the fifth rectangle is undecorated.  Evidence of two clasps (both now lost).  Numerous pink-dyed leather index tabs. Size: 492 x 340 mm.
Leaf size: 476 x 330 mm.
Annotations: Evidence of early signatures;  ruled text in a 16th-century hand on the front parchment flyleaf listing books of the Old and New Testament and ending with a note on this edition;  19th-century number “2012” in ink on front pastedown.
Decoration: The margins of 119/1r are decorated with a floral border in red, blue, purple and green, with a painted coat of arms in the lower margin (see Provenance);  on the same page a seven-line initial “B” is set on a rectangular gold ground and decorated in shades of blue and white to resemble foliage, with the bowl of the initial similarly decorated in red and with extensions into the margin.  Numerous principal initials throughout decorated in a similar style;  other large initials supplied in red, blue, or green - often with reserved white and with marginal flourishes;  occasional initials in two colours - red and blue, yellow and blue.  Paragraph marks throughout in red, blue, or green;  capital strokes throughout in red.
Imperfections: Matthew-Revelation only i.e. wanting all before quire 119;  wanting the final two blank leaves.

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