Cicero, Marcus Tullius: Epistolae ad familiares.

[Venice:  Vindelinus de Spira], 1471.
Fol.   [112 2-910 1010 (10/2+1) 11-1210 138 146].   [137] 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.
Imperfections:  None.

Illuminated decoration and coat of arms in Cicero, Marcus Tullius: Epistolae ad familiares