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].   [61] 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.

 

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