Blondus, Flavius: Italia illustrata.

Edited by Gaspar Blondus.

Rome:  Johannes Philippus de Lignamine, [not before 10] Dec. 1474.
Fol.  [110 28 3-710 88 910 108 11-1810].  [174] leaves (1/1, 2/8 blank).
ISTC ib00700000;  GW 4421;  Goff B700;  BMC IV 33 (IB. 17410);  Bod-inc B-356;  CIBN B-496.

GIP number: B75
Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian Be.2.6 (see main library entry for this item)
Variant: This copy has the prefatory letter by Gaspar Blondus on 3/1 (f. 19) - see GW for a variant with dedication by Lignamine in place of the letter by Blondus.
Note: Printer's pin-holes visible. 
Provenance: House of Rochefort (France):  painted coat of arms of the House of Rochefort on 3/2r (f. 20r):  d’azur semé de seize billettes d’or (4, 5, 4, 3), au chef d’argent chargé d’un lion passant de gueules.
Louis Jean Gaignat (1697-1768), Secretary to King Louis XV:  Gaignat sale, 1769;  lot 2933 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 115 livres 1 sou;  see Dessain-Hunter correspondence (University of Glasgow Library, MS Gen. 36, f. 24v).
University of Glasgow:  Hunterian bequest, 1807;  Hunterian Museum bookplate and book label on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “W.4.2”.
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;  blue silk bookmark.  Size:  330 x 228 mm.
Leaf size: 321 x 219 mm.
Annotations: Brief marginal annotations in a 16th-century hand in quires 15 and 16.
Decoration: A ten-line initial “C” on 3/2r (f. 20r) is supplied in blue and white on a square ground of dull pink, the latter with tracery added in dull gold;  the body of the initial is decorated with flowers on a dull gold background;  floral borders decorate the inner, upper and lower margins – the latter incorporating a painted coat of arms (see Provenance).  Other initials supplied in red and blue with reserved white.
Imperfections: Wanting the blank leaf 1/1.

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