Cicero, Marcus Tullius: Opera.

Edited by Alexander Minutianus.

Milan:  Guillermus Le Signerre, for Alexander Minutianus, 1498[-99].
Fol.   Part I:  Scripta rhetorica:  π6 2π6 A-Q8 R10 S-Y8.  [12], 1-177, [1] leaves, the last blank.   Part II:  Orationes:  a8 B-C8 d-z8 &8 [con]8 [rum]8 aa-dd8 ee10.  250 leaves.   Part III:  Epistolae:  AA-II8 KK6 LL-XX8 YY10.  [1], 2-175 leaves the first blank.   Part IV:  Scripta philosophica:  a-c8 2a-c8 d-ſ8.  1-24, [1], 2-144 leaves.   Leaves 4, 5 of gathering 2ππ of part I are numbered 2, 3.
The parts are dated: I) 1498;  II) 23 Nov. 1498;  III & IV) [undated];  Preface) [after 15 Oct. 1499].
ISTC ic00498000;  Goff C498;  BMC VI 790;  Bod-inc C-208;  CIBN C-327;  GW 6708.

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Bi2-b.4 (see main library entry for this item)
Variants: Part I: B1r, line 1 as GW’s main transcription, not as GW Anm. Part IV (variants as recorded in CIBN):  2b2 signed ‘bii’ not ‘b2’;  gathering h is foliated;  h1r, line 2: ‘... ītelligentia ...’ not ‘... ītelligētia ...’;  h2r, line 1: ‘li animo non ...’ not ‘li aīo nō ...’;  h3r, line 5: ‘... aſſumenda’ not ‘... assumēda’;  h4r, line 1: ‘... nominantur ...’ not ‘... nominātur ...’;  r6r, final line ends ‘... quæa d D’.
Note: Part IV bound before part I.
Provenance: Robert Foulis (1707-1776) & Andrew Foulis (1712-1775), printers and booksellers, Glasgow. University of Glasgow: purchased from the Foulis brothers, 16 Aug 1749, and priced at £5.5.0 (see GUA 8504); shelfmark “X.5.6” on University Library bookplate matching entry in A. Arthur, 'Catalogus impressorum librorum in Bibliotheca Universitatis Glasguensis', (Glasguae:  1791).
Binding: Vellum, 17th/18th century;  red leather title label on spine;  sprinkled red-edged leaves.   Size:  400 x 283 mm.
Leaf size: 387 x 258 mm.
Marginal annotations in a 16th-century hand (mainly extracting keywords) in gatherings π, 2ππ, B of part I;  17th/18th-century shelfmark in ink “P.3.5” on front pastedown.
Decoration: Eight-line initial “E” on A1r of part I supplied in red and blue with reserved white, and decorated with elaborate blue and red penwork;  a similarly decorated ten-line initial “E” on AA2r of part III;  other principal initials throughout parts I, III and IV supplied in red and blue with reserved white;  smaller initials and paragraph marks supplied throughout in alternate red and blue;  capital strokes in yellow throughout (including capitals used as signatures);  text throughout enclosed within reddish-brown ink rules.
Imperfections: Wanting the whole of part II, and a1-3 of part IV.

Manuscript annotations in Cicero, Marcus Tullius: Opera