Boccaccio, Giovanni: La Fiammetta.

[Northern Italy: Printer of Antonius de Rosellis, 'De legitimationibus' (H 13975), ca. 1475-1480]
Fol. a10 b-i8 k6 (a2 to a5 signed “a1” to “a4”). [80] leaves, the first blank.
Dated ca. 1480-85 in Bod-inc. Dated ca. 1475-80 from the types in CIBN B-534. The dated ownership inscription of Ambrosius de Cambrai described in the Provenance note below supports the earlier dating.
ISTC ib00735000; Goff B735; BMC VII 1125; Bod-inc B-366; GW 4457.

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian Be.3.19 (see main library entry for this item)
Note: Printer's pin-holes visible.
Variant: Last line of a9v reads “... comincio aparlare.” as in the Bod-inc copy.
Provenance: Ambrosius (Ambroise) de Cambrai (Cambray) (d. 1496), Dean of Meaux and Chancellor of the University of Paris: heavily washed inscription on k6v (under ultraviolet lamp) “Est Ambrosij de Cambray Iuris vtriusque doctoris consiliarij regis…1480 15 Julij” with his formal signature “A. de Cambray” below.
Colbert, Paris, ‘Bibliotheca Colbertina’ i.e. the library owned successively by Jean-Baptiste Colbert (1619-1683), marquis de Seignelay, Minister of Finances under Louis XIV; Jean-Baptiste Colbert (1651-1690); Jacques-Nicolas Colbert (1655-1707), Archbishop of Rouen; and Charles-Eléonor Colbert (d.1747), comte de Seignelay. Inscription ‘Bibliothecae Colbertinae’ on a2r; sale (1728), lot 4153; sold for 60 livres 10 sous; see priced copy of the sale catalogue in Glasgow University Library.
Karl Heinrich, Graf von Hoym (1694-1736), ambassador in Paris of Augustus II, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland: arms in gilt on both covers; spine compartments decorated in gilt with Hoym’s insignia of white eagle of Poland; lot 2670 in 'Catalogus librorum bibliothecae illustrissimi viri Caroli Henrici comitis de Hoym ...' (Paris: 1738); sold for 30 livres 15 sous according to the priced copy of the sale catalogue in University of Glasgow Library (shelfmark Sp Coll 945).
Louis Jean Gaignat (1697-1768), Secretary to King Louis XV: Gaignat sale, 1769; lot 2242 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 96 livres; see 'Dessain-Hunter correspondence' (University of Glasgow Library, MS Gen. 36, f. 25v).
University of Glasgow: Hunterian bequest, 1807; Hunterian Museum bookplate on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “Ad.9.23”.
Binding: France, 18th-century red morocco decorated with triple gold fillets, a small gold fleuron at each corner;  gilt coat of arms of Karl Heinrich, Graf von Hoym on both covers and Hoym’s insignia on spine (see Provenance);  gilt-edged leaves.   Size: 284 x 200 mm.
Leaf size: 275 x 190 mm.
Annotations: Black ink underlining on a2r and a3r.
Decoration: A seven-line initial ‘S’ on a2r is supplied in red and blue with reserved white;  similar initials supplied on a2v, b5r, c4r, d1v, g1r, h8r, i6r, and k5r;  a six-line initial ‘L’ on d3v is supplied in blue and reserved white and is decorated with a fleur-de-lys in yellow and and a crown in yellow, red and blue;  smaller initials supplied in alternate red and blue;  capital strokes supplied in yellow;  text throughout enclosed within red ink rules (except for k6).
Imperfections: None.

Coloured initial and mis-signed leaf in Boccaccio: Fiammetta