Bessarion, Johannes, Cardinal: Epistolae et orationes [Italian].
Translated by Ludovicus Carbo. Add: Demosthenes: Olynthiaca prima (translated by Bessarion).
[Venice: Christophorus Valdarfer], 1471.
8vo. [110 2-38 410 (4/1+1) 510 6-78].  leaves, the last blank.
ISTC ib00521000; Goff B521; BMC V 183; GW 4186.
|Shelf-mark:||Sp Coll Hunterian Bx.3.4 (see main library entry for this item)|
|Provenance:||Louis Jean Gaignat (1697-1768), Secretary to King Louis XV: Gaignat sale, 1769; lot 1511 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 24 livres 4 sous; see 'Dessain-Hunter correspondence' (University of Glasgow Library, MS Gen. 36, f.12Ar).
University of Glasgow: Hunterian bequest 1807; Hunterian Museum bookplate on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “Af.10.31”.
|Binding:||France, 18th-century red grained morocco decorated with a single gold fillet; gilt spine title; gilt-edged leaves (gauffered); marbled endpapers; green silk bookmark. Size: 193 x 135 mm.|
|Leaf size:||187 x 129 mm.|
|Annotations:||Evidence of numbered sequences in extreme inner top corner of most rectos, perhaps added by the 18th-century binder.|
|Decoration:||On 1/1r is a four-line initial “C” in gold on a square blue ground; three other initials supplied in either blue or red; in lower margin of 1/1r is a blank shield on a purple (or oxidized silver) background decorated with a pattern of three white dots, which is set within a green laurel wreath, the latter decorated above and below with red ink pen-work (BMC describes what appears to be a similar blank shield within a wreath on the same page and suggests that this may be a woodcut painted).|
|Imperfections:||Wanting the final blank leaf.|