Firmicus Maternus, Julius: Mathesis (De nativitatibus libri VIII).

Edited by Franciscus Niger.   Includes:  Marcus Manilius, Astronomicorum libri V;  Aratus, Phaenomena [Greek, with commentary by Theon and Latin translations or paraphrases by Germanicus Caesar, Marcus Tullius Cicero, and Rufius Festus Avienus];  Pseudo- Proclus Diadochus [i.e. Geminos of Rhodes]:  Sphaera [Greek, with Latin translation by Thomas Linacre];  Letter to Aldus by William Grocyn [Latin].

Venice:  Aldus Manutius, Romanus, June and [17] Oct. 1499.
Fol.   *6 a-g10 h12 aa-hh10 ii-kk8 A-D10 E12 F6 G-M10 N6 2N10 O-S10 T8.   [376] leaves, 231 and 282 blank.
Woodcuts.
ISTC if00191000;  Goff F191;  BMC V 560;  Bod-inc F-061;  GW 9981.

Three copies held by the University of Glasgow.

Copy 1

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Bh6-d.4 (see main library entry for this item)
Variant: *1r, line 4:  “... interprete cum com-”, not as GW’s main transcription “... interprete com-” nor as Anm. 1 “... interprete cum cō”;  *1r, line 7:  “... Auienio ...”, as in GW Anm. 1, not as GW’s main transcription “... Auieno ...”;  a2v, line 3:  “Matheſeos ...”, not as GW “Mattheſeos ...”
Provenance: University of Glasgow:  source unknown;  shelfmark “K.8.20” on University Library bookplate matching entry in A. Arthur, 'Catalogus impressorum librorum in Bibliotheca Universitatis Glasguensis,' (Glasguae:  1791).
Binding: Netherlands, or Lower Rhine, 16th-century blind-tooled calf over bevelled oak boards - see J.B. Oldham, 'Notes on bindings in the Hunterian and general libraries in Glasgow University', 3 bis;  covers decorated with intersecting triple fillets to form a centre panel and two frames;  the panel is divided by diagonal fillets into lozenge and triangular-shaped compartments which are decorated with a lozenge-shaped foliate ornament;  the inner frame is decorated with a lozenge-shaped stamp of a double-headed eagle and with a circular stamp of an owl;  the outer frame is decorated with the same double-headed eagle stamp;  two chased brass clasps, catch plates on front board;  edges of the four outer corners protected with brass strips.  Restored and rebacked with goatskin by Anthony Gardner, Nov. 1965 (with his binder’s note on rear flyleaf);  new pastedowns and flyleaves; manuscript parchment fragment of a bifolium containing the text of Priscian’s Institutiones grammaticae (Lib. XIII, cap. 6 and XV, cap. 1) with marginal gloss, originally used as a pastedown on the rear board, is now tipped onto new rear pastedown.   Size: 332 × 223 mm.
Leaf size: 318 x 212 mm.
Annotations: Single word marginal annotation on H5r;  every tenth line of the text of Aratus numbered up to line 730.
Decoration: None.
Imperfections: None.

Manuscript fragment in Firmicus Maternus, Julius: Mathesis (De nativitatibus libri VIII)


Copy 2

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian Bh.2.2 (see main library entry for this item)
Variant: In this copy the entire text of gatherings * and N is re-set, with different signature positions, and in a different type:  e.g. *2r, final line:  “... quod ego”, not “... quod”;  *2v, line 8:  “... ab om”, not “... ab omni”;  *6v, lines 1-8 all begin:  “clara ſydera ...”, not “clara sidera ...”;  N1r, line 18:  “Regia ſaturni ...”, not “Regia Saturni ...”;  N1v, line 12:  “Sol”, not “SOL”;  N3r, line 2:  “Et mediata ...”, not “Et meditata ...”;  N6r, line 2:  “... æthtram”, not “... æthram”;  N6r, line 15:  “* FINIS. *”, not “.FINIS.”.   Further variants:  *1r, line 4:  “... interprete cum com-”, not as GW’s main transcription “... interprete com-” nor as Anm. 1 “... interprete cum cō”;  *1r, line 7:  “... Auienio ...”, as in GW Anm. 1, not as GW’s main transcription “... Auieno ...”;  a2v, line 3:  “Matheſeos ...”, not as GW “Mattheſeos ...”
Provenance: William Hunter (1718-1783), physician and anatomist:  source unknown.
University of Glasgow:  Hunterian bequest 1807;  Hunterian Museum bookplate on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “Aw.1.14”.
Binding: Italy, 17th-century limp vellum with fore-edge cover extensions;  remains of two leather ties at fore-edge and a single leather tie at both top and lower edge;  spine title written in ink from head to tail “Julij Firmici Astronomicorū Libri”;  front pastedown missing, plain paper pastedown at rear;  front and rear flyleaves have watermark of the crowned figure of Justice holding scales in one hand, a sword in the other.   Size:  320 x 222 mm.
Leaf size: 315 x 215 mm.
Annotations: Inscription in ink on first front flyleaf “A di .5. luglio i633” followed by a  price “lire - L-i3-”;  code “fb” in ink on same page.
Decoration: None.
Imperfections: Wanting all after gathering N.

Woodcut illustration in Firmicus Maternus, Julius: Mathesis (De nativitatibus libri VIII)


Copy 3

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian Bh.3.10 (see main library entry for this item)
Note: M4.7 and M5.6 misbound as the middle sheets of gathering N.
Variant: *1r, line 4:  “... interprete cum com-”, not as GW’s main transcription “... interprete com-” nor as Anm. 1 “... interprete cum cō”;  *1r, line 7:  “... Auienio ...”, as in GW Anm. 1, not as GW’s main transcription “... Auieno ...”;  a2v, line 3:  “Matheſeos ...”, not as GW “Mattheſeos ...”
Provenance: Janus Vlitius (1620-1666), philologist and poet:  inscription on *1r “emebam Lugduni Batav. M DC XLIV  3[abbreviation for gulden?] - 10st.  Janus Vlitius”.
William Hunter (1718-1783), physician and anatomist:  source unknown.
University of Glasgow:  Hunterian bequest 1807;  Hunterian Museum bookplate on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “T.7.8”.
Binding: 18th-century blue sheep, covers decorated with a border of triple gold fillets, a small gold fleuron and ornament at each corner;  gold-tooled spine;  marbled endpapers;  gilt-edged leaves;  two magenta silk bookmarks;  front and rear flyleaves have bunch of grapes watermark and countermark initials “L V”.   Size:  320 x 225 mm.
Leaf size: 308 x 210 mm.
Annotations: Very occasional marginal keywords and “nota” marks in an early hand.
Decoration: None.
Imperfections: Wanting the blank leaves E7 and K10.

Ownership inscription in Firmicus Maternus, Julius: Mathesis (De nativitatibus libri VIII)   ' 'Bh_3_10'