Boccaccio, Giovanni: De casibus virorum illustrium [French]. De la ruine des nobles hommes et femmes.

Translated by Laurent de Premierfait.

Paris:  Jean Du Pré (printer of Paris), 26 Feb. 1483/84.
Fol.  A10 B-F8 a-k8 l10 aa-ll8 mm6 nn-rr810 ſſ8 ss-zz888 ::10 AA-EE8 FF10.  [416] leaves.
ISTC ib00713000;  GW 4434;  Goff B713;  BMC VIII 34 (IB. 39797);  CIBN B-510.

GIP number: B78
Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian Bg.2.26 (see main library entry for this item)
Provenance: Louis Jean Gaignat (1697-1768), Secretary to King Louis XV:  Gaignat sale, 1769;  lot 3491 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 9 livres;  see Dessain-Hunter correspondence (University of Glasgow Library, MS Gen. 36, f. 25v).
University of Glasgow:  Hunterian bequest, 1807;  Hunterian Museum bookplate and book label on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “Aa.5.10”.
Binding: France, 18th-century calf;  covers decorated with a triple gold-fillet border, a small gold fleuron at each corner;  gold-tooled spine;  marbled endpapers;  marbled-edged leaves;  blue silk bookmark.   Size:  271 x 201 mm.
Leaf size: 264 x 190 mm.
Annotations: Occasional marginal annotations in French in 16th and 17th-century hands - mainly quoting from the text;  on A2r a brief note in French in a 17th-century hand relating to sales of wheat and a similar note relating to produce on FF9v;  “No 769” in an 18th-century hand on verso of front free endpaper;  a manuscript title-page (18th century) in French has been substituted for the missing leaf A1.
Decoration: Seven-line initial “S” on A2r, seven-line initial “Q” on A3r, nine-line initial “Q” on A9r, and six-line initial “F” on nn1r supplied in red and blue with reserved white;  other initials throughout supplied in red;  paragraph marks in red in the Table (A4r-A8r) and in the chapter headings.
Imperfections: Wanting A1 and FF10;  lower corner of ss1 torn off, with loss of text.

Woodcut illustration in Boccaccio, Giovanni: De casibus virorum illustrium [French]