Cicero, Marcus Tullius: Epistolae ad familiares.
[Venice: Vindelinus de Spira], 1471.
Fol. [112 2-910 1010 (10/2+1) 11-1210 138 146].  leaves, the first and last blank.
ISTC ic00509000; Goff C509; BMC V 158; GW 6807.
|Shelf-mark:||Sp Coll Hunterian Be.1.6 (see main library entry for this item)|
|Variant:||1/2r, lines 1-6 read “M. TVLLII CICERONIS EPISTOLARVM FA-||MILIARIVM LIBER PRIMVS INCIPIT AD || LENTVLVM PROCONSVLEM. || M.T.C. Lentulo Proconſuli Salutem Dicit. || [E]Go omni officio ac potiuſ pietate erga te cęteris ſatiſfa-||cio ...” as in Polain(B) 1069 and GW main transcription, not as in BMC and GW Anm.; 2/1r (f. 13r), lines 1-2: “poſſum: ut abs te ... || cū eſſet ...” not as Polain “possum: ut abste ... || cū esses ...”; without the woodcut border at head of text on 1/2r as described in BMC.|
|Note:||Bifolium 14/3.4 (ff. 134 and 135) misbound in gathering 10; 10/2+1 (f. 95) misbound between 2/2 and 2/3 with its stub visible between 2/8 and 2/9.|
|Provenance:||Unidentified owner: unidentified coat of arms on 1/2r - see Decoration below.
Unidentified Dutch owner (early 18th century): see Binding.
Louis Jean Gaignat (1697-1768), Secretary to King Louis XV: Gaignat sale, 1769; lot 1476 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 102 livres; see 'Dessain-Hunter correspondence' (University of Glasgow Library, MS Gen. 36, f. 23v).
University of Glasgow: Hunterian bequest, 1807; Hunterian Museum bookplate on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “T.5.13”.
|Binding:||Netherlands, early 18th-century gold-tooled red goatskin; covers decorated with a roll (composed of a row of small diamond shapes bordered on each side by a row of dots) to form a two panel design; the inner panel has a diamond-shaped centre-piece formed from separate tools (including drawer-handle and floral tools) and has an ornament at its four outer corners; gold-tooled spine; marbled endpapers; gilt-edged leaves; rear flyleaf has a bunch of grapes watermark. For this and a group of over 70 similar bindings, see Mirjam M. Foot, ‘An eighteenth-century incunable collector in The Hague’, in M. Davies, 'Incunabula: studies in fifteenth-century printed books presented to Lotte Hellinga' (London: 1999) pp. 371-87, Appendix no. 10. Size: 349 x 236 mm.|
|Leaf size:||338 x 232 mm.|
|Annotations:||Occasional marginal (washed-out) annotations in a humanist hand; underlining on 1/2r; number “10” in ink in an 18th-century hand on rear free endpaper.|
|Decoration:||Six-line initial “E” on 1/2r supplied in pink, crimson and green with white embellishment, and set on a square gold ground - from which floral decoration extends into the inner and upper margins; principal initials throughout supplied in a similar style and all combined with naturalistic sprigs of flowers in the outer margins (considerable bleeding of colours in many instances because of over-washing of the pages); smaller initials supplied in alternate red and blue throughout (the blue much washed-out); in the lower margin of 1/2r a coat of arms (argent, on a bend azure three bezants) within a green laurel leaf surrounded by floral decoration.|