Cicero, Marcus Tullius: De natura deorum.  

With additions by Raphael Zovenzonius.   Contents:  I) De natura deorum;  II) De divinatione;  III) De fato, De legibus;  IV) Academica lib. II;  Pseudo- Modestus:  De re militari.

[Venice]:  Vindelinus de Spira, 1471.
4to.   [112 2-78 86 9-138 146 15-238 244].   [188] leaves, 1, 151, 152, 188 blank.
ISTC ic00569000;  Goff C569;  BMC V 158;  Bod-inc C-299;  CIBN C-391;  GW 6902.

The De re militari, which is often attributed to Modestus and also to Julius Pomponius Laetus, consists of extracts from Vegetius, Epitoma rei militaris - see Lorenzo Dalmasso ‘La storia di un estratto di Vegezio saggio sulla fortuna dell’ Epitoma rei militaris’ in 'Rendiconti Istituto Lombardo di scienze e lettere', ser. 2, 40 (1907) pp. 805-814.

University of Glasgow holds two copies

Copy 1

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian Bg.3.9 (see main library entry for this item)
Variant: The setting of gathering 8 is as described in the main GW transcription, not as in GW Anm. 2.
Note: The make-up of the first gathering of 12 leaves conforms to the description given in CIBN (with leaves 1/6 and 1/7 clearly conjugate);  leaf 1/12 beginning “citari fecit ...”, following an error in imposition, has been excised and correctly inserted between 1/2 (beginning of “Vita Ciceronis”) and 1/3 (“Cicero inter damnatos ...”) - cf. the explanatory note in CIBN.
Provenance: William Hunter (1718-1783), physician and anatomist:  source unknown.
University of Glasgow:  Hunterian bequest 1807;  Hunterian Museum bookplate and book label on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “X.3.6”.
Binding: Italy, 18th-century vellum;  red leather title label on spine;  yellow-edged leaves;  green silk bookmark.   Size:  288 x 206 mm.
Leaf size: 278 x 199 mm.
Annotations: Occasional marginal annotations in a humanist hand, mainly extracting keywords;  very occasional pointing hands;  evidence of early manuscript signatures and numbering of gatherings.
Decoration: None.
Imperfections: Wanting the first blank leaf.

Title incipit in  Cicero, Marcus Tullius: De natura deorum

 

Copy 2

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian Be.3.16 (see main library entry for this item)
Bound with: The third of three incunabula bound together.   Bound with:  (1) Cicero, Marcus Tullius, Tusculanae disputationes.  Paris:  In vico sancti Jacobi [Louis Symonel et Socii (Au Soufflet Vert), between 1475 and 1479];  (2) Cicero, Marcus Tullius, De finibus bonorum et malorum.  [Paris:  Au Soufflet Vert (Louis Symonel et Socii), between 1475 and 1479].
Provenance: Louis Jean Gaignat (1697-1768), Secretary to King Louis XV:  Gaignat sale, 1769;  lot 1497 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 26 livres 1 sou;  see 'Dessain-Hunter correspondence' (University of Glasgow Library, MS Gen. 36, f.23v).
University of Glasgow:  Hunterian bequest, 1807;  Hunterian Museum bookplate and book-label on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “Aa.5.12”.
Binding: France, 18th-century red morocco decorated with triple gold fillets, a six-pointed gold star at each corner;  gold-tooled spine;  marbled endpapers;  gilt-edged leaves;  turquoise silk bookmark.  Size:  280 x 195 mm.
Leaf size: 273 x 186 mm.
Annotations: Occasional marginal annotations and “nota” marks in a 16th-century hand (mostly washed out);  gatherings numbered “16”-“20” in pencil in an 18th-century hand in extreme inner top corner of first recto leaf. 
Decoration: Three-line initial “S” on [q1r] (leaf [121r]) and three-line initial “S” on [r3r] (leaf [131r]) supplied in red and blue with reserved white;  capitals washed in yellow throughout.
Imperfections: Part III only:  De fato, De legibus (gatherings 15-19 i.e. ff.113-152, but without the final blank leaf).   Many leaves are brittle and fragmenting.

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