Boniohannes de Messana: Speculum sapientiae.

[Vienne:  Eberhard Frommolt, not after 5 July 1481]
4to. [1-158].  [120] leaves (1/1 blank).
ISTC ic01019000;  GW 7892;  Goff C1019;  BMC VIII 374 (IA. 42742);  CIBN C-698.

Attributed on the title-page to S. Cyrillus;  the true author is Boniohannes de Messana (Kaeppeli I 699) - ISTC.
Dated [before 6 July 1481] by CIBN;  dated [before 3 Apr. 1483] by Goff. 

GIP number: B98
Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian Bx.3.18 (see main library entry for this item)
Note: Quires 6, 7, 8 misbound between quires 1 and 2.
Provenance: Louis Jean Gaignat (1697-1768), Secretary to King Louis XV:  Gaignat sale, 1769;  lot 224 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 1 sou;  see Dessain-Hunter correspondence (University of Glasgow Library, MS Gen. 36, f. 24v).
University of Glasgow:  Hunterian bequest, 1807;  Hunterian Museum bookplate on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “N.7.8”.
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;  turquoise silk bookmark.   Size:  204 x 141 mm.
Leaf size: 198 x 137 mm.
Annotations: Interlinear correction to text on 15/5r (f.117r).  Quires numbered “1”-“15” (by the 18th-century binder?) at extreme left-hand lower corner of first recto.
Decoration: Initials supplied in red throughout, many with pen-flourishing;  frequent paragraph marks supplied in red.
Imperfections: Wanting 15/8 (f.120).


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