Boethius: De consolatione philosophiae.

(With commentary ascribed in the text to Thomas Aquinas).   Add:  Resumptio compendiosa Consolationis.

Louvain:  Johannes de Westfalia, 1484.
Fol.   a-z8 [et]6 [con]6.   [196] leaves, the first and last blank.
ISTC ib00778000;  Goff B778;  BMC IX 142;  Bod-inc B-395;  GW 4534.

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian Bw.2.1 (see main library entry for this item)
Note: Bifolium o4.5 misbound  before o3.6. 
Note: Printer's pin-holes visible.
Provenance: Thomas Molyneux (17th century):  signature on b1r “Tho: Molyneux”;  initials “T: M:” on a2r;  on detached fragment of front free endpaper a note “14to die Sept: 1680.” and below colophon “N.B. Liber hic Impressus est 36. annis post artis Typographicae Inventionem” - both notes probably by Molyneux.
Thomas Patrick Young (1727-1778), D.D., F.S.A., of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge:  armorial bookplate (Franks 32933).
William Hunter (1718-1783), physician and anatomist:  source unknown.
University of Glasgow:  Hunterian bequest 1807;  Hunterian Museum bookplate on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “Ah.4.1”.
Binding: Low Countries, 17th-century calf;  covers decorated with a double blind-fillet frame with a blind floral tool at inner corners;  rear free endpaper has arms of Amsterdam watermark;  rebacked in the 19th or 20th century;  original pastedowns remain.   Size:  272 x 206 mm.
Leaf size: 267 x 203 mm.
Annotations: Frequent marginal “nota” marks;  annotations in a late 15th/early 16th-century hand on the lower margins of o2v, o3v, o5v indicate the misplacement of leaves in gathering o (noted above) is of an early date;  on rear pastedown the number “IIII X”;  on rear free endpaper a price “3gl. 10st.”
Decoration: Eight-line initial “P” on b1r supplied in red with reserved white;  similar initials at the beginning of each book;  other initials supplied in red throughout (a few with marginal pen-flourishing);  paragraph marks and capital strokes supplied in red throughout.
Imperfections: None.

 

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