Crescentiis, Petrus de: Ruralia commoda.
Louvain: Johannes de Westfalia, [ca. 1483]
Fol. a-n8 o6 aa-kk8 ll6.  leaves, the first blank.
ISTC ic00966500; BMC IX 145; Bod-inc C-479; GW 7822.
Dated on paper evidence (WILC). Bod-inc dates between 1477 and 1483.
|Shelf-mark:||Sp Coll Hunterian Bh.3.25 (see main library entry for this item)|
|Note:||Blind impression of three lines of type in double columns visible on ll6. Printer's pin-holes visible.|
|Bound with:||When Hunter bought it at the Letherland sale, this copy was bound up with a 15th/16th-century manuscript, written in the Netherlands, containing the texts of Isaac Judaeus, De febribus, and Johann Widman, De lue venerea - now MS Hunter 88 - see J. Young & P.H. Aitken 'A catalogue of the manuscripts in the Library of the Hunterian Museum in the University of Glasgow' (Glasgow: 1908). The volume was disbound at some point in the 19th century and the Crescentiis and the manuscript texts separately bound and given different shelfmarks. Noted by N.R. Ker, 'William Hunter as a collector of medieval manuscripts' [Glasgow: 1983], p. 13 - though he was unable to trace the Crescentiis, perhaps because of the misleading imprint date given in the Letherland catalogue.|
|Provenance:||Joseph Letherland (1699-1764), physician: lot 1265 “Pet. de Crescentiis Liber Ruralium Commodorum, Lovan, 1498 [sic] - Ysaac de Febribus, MSS” in 'A catalogue of the genuine and truly valuable library of ... Dr. Joseph Letherland ... which will be sold by auction, by Samuel Baker ... on Thursday, March the 14th 1765' ... [London: 1765].
William Hunter (1718-1783), physician and anatomist: purchased by Hunter for £1.2.0 according to the annotated BL copy of the Letherland sale catalogue - shelfmark S.C.S. 6 (2).
University of Glasgow: Hunterian bequest 1807; Hunterian Museum bookplate on front pastedown.
|Binding:||Late 19th-century vellum, manuscript spine title; modern endpapers; sprinkled red and blue-edged leaves. Size: 286 x 210 mm.|
|Leaf size:||276 x 201 mm.|
|Annotations:||Occasional annotations in Latin in various 16th-century hands; occasional translations into Dutch of the Latin plant names; occasional underlining and deletions of text; manuscript date “Ao 1498” added to colophon and lightly scored through.|
|Decoration:||Initials supplied throughout in red or red and reserved white; capital strokes and paragraph marks in red.|
|Imperfections:||Wanting the first blank leaf.|