Cicero, Marcus Tullius: Epistolae ad Brutum, ad Quintum fratrem, ad Atticum.
Add: Francesco Petrarca: Epistola ad Ciceronem; Cornelius Nepos: Vita Attici.
Venice: Nicolaus Jenson, 1470.
Fol. [1-310 412 5-710 812 9-1110 1212 13-1710 186].  leaves, the last blank.
ISTC ic00500000; Goff C500; BMC V 166; Bod-inc C-284; GW 6859.
|Shelf-mark:||Sp Coll Hunterian Be.2.12 (see main library entry for this item)|
|Note:||This copy has the full colophon on 18/5v (f. 181v) as transcribed by BMC and GW - copies are known with the colophon lacking the two lines of prose stating the contents of the book (cf. GW Anm.).|
|Note:||Printer's pin-holes visible.|
|Provenance:||Jean Couthier (16th/17th century): inscription on 18/5v (f. 181v) “Jo[hannes] couthier”.
Louis Jean Gaignat (1697-1768), Secretary to King Louis XV: Gaignat sale, 1769; lot 1480 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 90 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 “Av.1.7”.
|Binding:||France, 18th-century blue morocco decorated with triple gold fillets, a small gold fleuron at each corner; gold-tooled-spine; marbled endpapers; gilt-edged leaves; pink silk bookmark. Size: 329 x 236 mm.|
|Leaf size:||319 x 224 mm.|
|Annotations:||A few marginal annotations, “nota” marks and underlining in a 15th/16th-century hand in gathering 1; some evidence of gatherings numbered in arabic numerals in an early hand in top right-hand corner of first recto (most numbers cropped).|
|Decoration:||Principal initials supplied in red and blue with reserved white; other initials supplied throughout in alternate red and blue; all initials are embellished with a reddish-brown pen-and-ink decoration consisting of several vertical lines with loops and horizontal strokes added; capital strokes in red throughout.|