Cicero, Marcus Tullius [pseudo-]: Rhetorica ad C. Herennium.
[Venice?: Printer of Datus, ‘Elegantiolae’ (H 5969*), ca. 1475]
Fol. a-f8 g6.  leaves.
ISTC ic00677000; Goff C677; BMC V 583; GW 6717.
The signatures are stamped in, or occasionally added in manuscript.
|Shelf-mark:||Sp Coll Hunterian Be.3.29 (see main library entry for this item)|
|Bound with:||The second of two incunabula bound together. Bound (as in many other copies) with: Cicero, Marcus Tullius, De inventione, sive Rhetorica vetus. [Venice: Filippo di Pietro], 1475.|
|Provenance:||Petrus Desentianus(?) -16th-century: partially erased inscription on a1r of first item in volume “Iste Liber est mei petri desent[...]”.
Joannes de Peregrinis (16th/17th century): inscription on a1r of first item in volume “Joa: de Peregrinis”.
Venice, Capuchins: inscription on g6v “Loci Venetiarum Capuccinorum”; the same inscription (partially erased) appears on a2r of the first item in volume.
William Hunter (1718-1783), physician and anatomist: source unknown.
University of Glasgow: Hunterian bequest 1807; Hunterian Museum bookplate on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “Au.5.1”.
|Binding:||Italy, 16th-century blind-tooled, brown goatskin over bevelled wooden boards. Covers decorated with fillets to form three frames and a centre panel; the latter has a reticulated design formed from an interlaced tool and is further decorated with a small annulus-shaped tool used singly or in groups of seven; the inner frame is decorated with a chain-like pattern formed by an interlaced dotted tool (cf. Weale, 'Bookbindings', fig. 13 (lower right), p. xviii); the middle frame is decorated with a small annulus-shaped tool used singly; the outer frame is decorated with a rope-like pattern formed by a dotted s-shaped tool, a six-petalled flower stamp and a lattice stamp. Rebacked in 19th/20th century and new flyleaves added at front and rear; original spine covering not preserved; no evidence of pastedowns. Remains of two clasps, with brass catch plates on rear board and in a corresponding position on the front board are brass rivets decorated with a star-shaped design. Manuscript title on fore-edge ‘Retorica Tulii’ running from head to tail. Size: 297 x 205 mm.|
|Leaf size:||290 x 203 mm.|
|Annotations:||Occasional marginal annotations in humanist hands, mainly extracting keywords; brief questions (“Omnes questiones”) on the Rhetorica written in a 16th-century hand on a early flyleaf inserted after g6.|
|Decoration:||Five-line initial “E” on a1r supplied in gold and embellished with white-vine decoration defined in blue, purple and green with a pattern of white dots, which extends into the inner and upper margins (two initials in the first item in the volume are by the same illuminator); other initials supplied throughout in red or blue, with evidence of guide-letters in brown ink.|