Vergilius Maro, Publius: Opera.
[Venice]: Vindelinus de Spira, 1470.
Fol. [112 2-710 812 9-1110 1212 13-1410 15-168].  leaves, the first blank.
ISTC iv00150000; Goff V150; BMC V 154; Bod-inc V-073.
|Shelf-mark:||Sp Coll Hunterian Be.2.18 (see main library entry for this item)|
|Provenance:||Unidentified Jesuit College: heavily washed-out inscription on 1/2r beginning (under ultraviolet light) “Collegii Jesu [...]”.
William Hunter (1718-1783), physician and anatomist: source unknown.
University of Glasgow: Hunterian bequest 1807; Hunterian Museum bookplate on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “Av.1.6”.
|Binding:||18th-century gold-tooled red goatskin; covers decorated with a border formed from triple gold fillets and separate tools of a garland of flowers and a scroll; both covers have a centre decoration composed of a stamp of two doves perched on a floral spray with a bow and quiver of arrows in the background, all set within a decorative oval frame, which in turn is surrounded by two curved olive branches tied together with a bow (untraced in Olivier or in Guigard, and perhaps a purely decorative design rather than a coat of arms); gold-tooled spine decorated with a tool of two birds (doves?) with beaks touching, encircled by olive branches; turquoise silk doublures bordered with a gilt roll incorporating coronets, a floral spray, and a four-winged insect with antennae (a dragonfly?); gilt-edged leaves; turquoise silk bookmark. Size: 325 x 222 mm.|
317 x 210 mm.
|Annotations:||Occasional 15th/16th-century interlinear annotations (many heavily washed out).|
|Decoration:||Principal initials supplied in red with reserved white, smaller initials in red or blue; capitals at the beginning of each line of text stroked in red.|
|Imperfections:||Wanting the first blank leaf.|