Bonifacius VIII, Pont. Max: Liber sextus Decretalium.

With gloss of Johannes Andreae.

Mainz:  Peter Schoeffer, 9 Jan. 1476.
Fol.   [1-310 412 (4/11+1) 5-710 810 (8/9+1) 912 10-118 126 13-1610 174].   [162] leaves.
Woodcut printer’s device in red.
ISTC ib00985000;  Goff B985;  BMC I 32;  Bod-inc B-465;  GW 4857.

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll BD9-a.11 (see main library entry for this item)
Provenance: Johannes Smawss (15th/16th century):  inscription on 5/8r (f. 51r) “Iste liber est conue[n]t[us] Wie[nnensis] ordi[ni]s fr[atru]m p[rae]dicator[um] donat[us] eid[em] a venera[bi]li olim m[a]g[istro] artiu[m] johan[n]e smawss c[uius] a[n]i[m]a deo viuat”.
Vienna, Dominicans, S. Maria:  see above;  a second inscription on 17/3r (f. 161r) “Lib[er] iste e[st] [con]uent[us] ord[inis] fr[atru]m p[rae]dicator[um] i[n] Wienna Aust[ri]e” and a similar, third inscription on 6/2r (f. 55r).
John Mozley Stark (fl. 1851-1888), bookseller, stationer, printer, and publisher, Hull & London:  sold book to William Euing.
William Euing (1788-1874), insurance broker, Glasgow:  purchased from Stark 3 June 1857 according to Euing’s pencil acquisition note on 1/1r “3. 6. 57 Stark”;  an early Euing inventory number “106” in pencil on front pastedown.
University of Glasgow:  presented by Euing in 1872 according to one of two University Library bookplates on front pastedown.
Binding: Scotland, 19th-century calf over bevelled boards, covers decorated with fillets and a fleur-de-lys tool in blind, with a gilt rosette stamp at each corner;  binder’s ticket “J. Carss & Co. Bookbinders, 31 Argyle Street, Glasgow” on front pastedown;  now housed in a green buckram-covered box.   Size:  424 x 295 mm.
Leaf size: 407 x 283 mm.
Annotations: In each gathering there are traces of an early numbering of preliminary leaves in red ink in lower outer corner;  leaves foliated (with errors) in pencil in lower outer corner “47”-“235” in a 19th-century hand - suggesting that up to that point this work was bound with another or other works;  19th-century number “68/13” in pencil on 1/1r - probably the binder’s job number.
Decoration: On 1/1r, col. 1, a space between lines 7 and 22 is occupied by a miniature depicting Boniface VIII seated on a throne, wearing the triple crown and holding a book and papal staff in his hands;  on the same page, in the centre margin, is a three-line initial “B” supplied in blue with white tracery on a gold square ground, which introduces the printed text “Onifacius episcopus ...”, and below the initial the centre margin is decorated with a thick green stem entwined with foliage and flowers in blue, mauve and red;  other initials supplied in red or in red and reserved white in gatherings 1-6 and thereafter in red or blue, or in red or blue with reserved white;  paragraph marks supplied in red in gatherings 1-7 and thereafter in red or blue.
Imperfections: None.

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