Macrobius, Aurelius Theodosius: In Somnium Scipionis expositio.   Saturnalia.


Venice:  Nicolaus Jenson, 1472.
Fol.   [1-210 3-128 1310 14-208].   [166] leaves, 1, 165 and 166 blank.
ISTC im00008000;  Goff M8;  BMC V 172;  Bod-inc M-001.

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian Bf.2.12 (see main library entry for this item)
Note: Printer's pin-holes visible.
Provenance: Unidentified owner:  unidentified coat of arms on 1/2r - quarterly or and gules, in the second a two-barred cross argent - the shield set on a blue background and flanked by two multi-coloured winged claws grasping a leafy branch, and with two pairs of entwined ribbons or cords extending sideways from the top of the shield.
Louis-Léon-Félicité, duc de Brancas de Lauraguais (1733-1824):  lot 508 in Guillaume de Bure, 'Catalogue d’une collection de livres choisis, provenans du cabinet de M***' (Paris:  1770).
William Hunter (1718-1783), physician and anatomist:  purchased by Hunter at the Brancas de Lauraguais sale through his agent, Peter Molini, for 340 livres;  see Molini’s bill to Hunter (University of Glasgow Library, Hunter Papers H214).
University of Glasgow:  Hunterian bequest, 1807;  Hunterian Museum bookplate on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “Av.1.11”.
Binding: France, 18th-century blue morocco decorated with triple gold fillets, a small gold fleuron at each corner;  gold-tooled spine;  marbled endpapers;  gilt-edged leaves;  pink silk bookmark;  binder’s ticket on verso of front free endpaper “Relié par Derome le Jeune, rue St. Jacques au dessus de St. Benoit, seul possédent l’Etablissem[en]t de Deffunt son Pere”.   Size:  322 x 230 mm.
Leaf size: 312 x 220 mm.
Annotations:  Occasional marginal notes and interlinear corrections in a 16th-century hand in gatherings 7 and 9;  occasional “nota” marks in gatherings 10 and 11;  several 16th-century pen-and-ink marginal diagrams;  a pen-and-ink diagram of the planetary orbits and zodiac is supplied in a 16-line space in the text on 3/7v (f. 27v), a pen-and-ink diagram of the sphera terrae is supplied in a 12-line space in the text on 4/8v (f. 36v), and a pen-and-ink diagram of the hemispheres is supplied in a 16-line space in the text on 5/2v (f. 38v).
Decoration: Epigraphic eight-line initial “C” on 1/2r supplied in blue with white dot decoration on a ground of pale yellow, the bowl of the initial decorated with a flower;  similar epigraphic initials (several also decorated with flowers) supplied on 1/4v, 4/2r, 6/5r, 10/5v, 11/5v, 13/2v, 13/7r, 15/5v, and 18/3r (i.e. ff. 4v, 30r, 49r, 81v, 89v, 102v, 107r, 123v, and 145r);  running book numbers supplied in dull red ink.
Imperfections: Wanting the first and final two blank leaves.

Pen and ink drawing in Macrobius, Aurelius Theodosius: In Somnium Scipionis expositio. Saturnalia