Augustinus, Aurelius: De civitate dei.

Rome:  Conradus Sweynheym and Arnoldus Pannartz, 1468.
Fol.   [1-28 3-1410 1512 16-2610 27-288].   [274] leaves, 1, 16, 273, 274 blank.
ISTC ia01231000;  Goff A1231;  BMC IV 5;  Bod-inc A-518;  GW 2875.

Two copies held at the University of Glasgow.

Copy 1

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll BD12-a.12 (see main library entry for this item)
Provenance: La Cropte family (France):  painted coat of arms on 3/1r (f. 17r) “d’azur à la bande d’or, accompagnée de deux fleurs de lis d’or, l’une en chef et l’autre en pointe”.
Hon. Frederic North (1766-1827), 5th Earl of Guilford:  armorial bookplate on front pastedown;  lot 185 in 'Catalogue of the valuable and extensive library of the late Earl of Guilford.  Part the first ... which will be sold by auction, by Mr. Evans ... on Monday, December 15 ... 1828' (London:  1828);  sold to Raine for £4.4.0 according to the annotated BL copy of the Guilford sale catalogue.
Raine (possibly James Raine, 1791-1858, antiquary and topographer):  see above.
Joseph Lilly (1804-1870), bookseller, 19 King St., Covent Garden, London:  sold book to William Euing.
William Euing (1788-1874), insurance broker, Glasgow:  purchased from Lilly 5 July 1849 according to Euing’s pencil acquisition note with price code “5 7 49 fc/- Lilly” on front pastedown;  an early Euing inventory number “49” in pencil on front pastedown.
University of Glasgow:  Euing bequest, 1874.
Binding: 18th/19th-century speckled sheep;  gold-tooled spine;  sprinkled red-edged leaves.   Size:  418 x 290 mm.
Leaf size: 399 x 281 mm.
Annotations: Frequent marginal annotations in several humanist hands;  occasional interlinear corrections of text;  occasional “nota” marks and pointing hands;  early manuscript signatures;  running book numbers “I”-“XXII” (many cropped);  partially erased early ownership(?) inscription on 28/6v (f. 272v) - unread under ultraviolet light;  19th-century shelfmark “P/5/D” in pencil on front pastedown.
Decoration: On 3/1r (f. 17r) a fourteen-line initial “I” and a seven-line initial “G” are supplied in gold, both initials embellished with white vine decoration defined in blue, crimson and green, which extends into the upper, inner and lower margins, and in the lower margin is a painted coat of arms within a green laurel wreath (see Provenance above);  other principal initials supplied in gold and embellished with similar white vine decoration;  lesser initials throughout supplied in alternate red and blue;  incipits and explicits and chapter headings supplied in faded red ink for each of the 22 books;  paragraph marks in alternate red and blue in the “Rubrice” (gatherings 1 and 2).
Imperfections: Wanting the first and final blank leaves;  also wanting 3/4-6, 8/5-6, 12/7-9, 19/5-6, 23/8 (i.e. ff. 20-22, 71, 72, 113-115, 183, 184, 226), all of which are supplied in 18th/19th-century printed facsimile.

Illuminated border with coat of arms in Augustinus, Aurelius: De civitate dei

 

 

Copy 2

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian By.1.2 (see main library entry for this item)
Provenance: William Hunter (1718-1783), physician and anatomist:  source unknown.
University of Glasgow:  Hunterian bequest 1807;  Hunterian Museum bookplate and book label on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “Y.5.10”.
Binding: France, 18th-century red morocco decorated with triple gold fillets, a gold fleuron at each corner;  gold-tooled spine;  marbled endpapers;  gilt-edged leaves;  turquoise silk bookmark;  watermark on front flyleaf “MGIS MOLEN”, and on rear flyleaf a fleur-de-lys watermark with date “1742”.   Size:  402 x 284 mm.
Leaf size: 391 x 273 mm.
Annotations: Very occasional marginal annotations in a 15th/16th-century hand;  frequent pointing hands in gatherings 3-8 (ff. 17-76);  occasional “nota” marks;  running book numbers “1-9, X, XI, 12-22";  18th-century sale or inventory number “148” in red crayon on front free endpaper;  the same hand has also numbered in red crayon Be.3.11 ("28"), and two Hunterian manuscripts: MS Hunter 391, Bartholomaeus Anglicus, De proprietatibus rerum ("153") and MS Hunter 445, Ovid, Metamorphoseon libri XV ("163").
Decoration: On 3/1r (f. 17r) a fourteen-line initial “I” is supplied in gold and outlined (at the left) with pink with added tracery, and (at the right) with green with added tracery;  on the same page a seven-line initial “G” is supplied in gold and embellished with white-vine decoration defined in crimson, green and blue with a pattern of white dots, which extends into the inner and upper margins;  opening initial of each book supplied in gold with similar white-vine decoration;  other initials throughout supplied in alternate red and blue;  incipits and explicits supplied in red for each of the 22 books;  paragraph marks in the “Rubrice” (gatherings 1 and 2) supplied in alternate red and blue.
Imperfections: Wanting the blank leaves 1 and 274.

Illuminated white vine stem border in Augustinus, Aurelius: De civitate dei