Caesar, Gaius Julius: Commentarii.

Edited by Johannes Andreas de Bussis, bishop of Aleria.

Rome:  In domo Petri de Maximis [Conradus Sweynheym and Arnoldus Pannartz], 12 May 1469.
Fol.   [1-210 312 4-1210 1312 14-1510 168 176].   [168] leaves, 1 and 168 blank.
ISTC ic00016000;  Goff C16;  BMC IV 7;  Bod-inc C-004;  GW 5863.

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian Be.2.3 (see main library entry for this item)
Provenance: Guicciardini family of Florence (15th/16th century):  partially effaced painted coat of arms in lower margin of 1/2r “d’azzurro a tre cornici da caccia d’argento, imboccati e guarniti d’oro e legati di rosso, ordinati l’uno sull l’altro” i.e. on a blue field three silver hunting horns with red strings, the tips of the horns being golden with gold ornamention (the arms kindly identified by Dr Martin Davies);  for other examples of painted Guicciardini arms see BL Harley 2857 and Houghton Library Inc. 6345.5 (Walsh 2971);  see also www.archiviodistato.firenze.it/ceramellipapiani2/index.php?page=Famiglia&id=4034
Louis Jean Gaignat (1697-1768), Secretary to King Louis XV:  Gaignat sale, 1769;  lot 2910 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 500 livres;  see 'Dessain-Hunter correspondence' (University of Glasgow Library, MS Gen. 36, f. 24r).
University of Glasgow:  Hunterian bequest, 1807;  Hunterian Museum bookplate on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “T.5.12”.
Binding: Netherlands, early 18th-century gold-tooled red goatskin;  covers decorated to a two panel design;  the inner panel, which is formed by a roll resembling a chain, is decorated at its four outer corners with an ornament formed from drawer-handle, fleur-de-lys and floral tools, points and stars;  the frame of the outer panel is formed by a roll incorporating a bird, flowers and leaves;  gold-tooled spine;  marbled endpapers;  gilt-edged leaves.  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), 371-87, Appendix no. 5.   Size:  337 x 240 mm.
Leaf size: 326 x 229 mm.
Annotations: Copious marginal annotations in a humanist hand (mainly extracting keywords and phrases) in gatherings 1-13;  headings for each book supplied in the same hand;  number “512” in ink in an 18th-century(?) hand on second front flyleaf.
Decoration: Seven-line initial “G” on 1/2r supplied in gold on a square ground of white-vine decoration defined in pink, green, and blue, which extends into the inner margin;  in the lower margin of 1/2r a gold roundel containing the arms of the Guicciardini family of Florence (see Provenance above), the shield set on a pink background and the roundel surrounded by white-vine decoration;  other initials supplied throughout in blue.
Imperfections: Wanting the first and final blank leaves.

Illuminated decoration and coat of arms in Caesar, Gaius Julius: Commentarii