Boniohannes de Messana: Speculum sapientiae.

[Vienne:  Eberhard Frommolt, not after 5 July 1481]
4to.   [1-158].   [120] leaves, the first blank.
ISTC ic01019000;  Goff C1019;  BMC VIII 374;  GW 7892.

Attributed on the title-page to Saint Cyrillus;  the true author is Boniohannes de Messana (Kaeppeli I 699) - ISTC
Dated before 6 July 1481 by CIBN. 

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian Bx.3.18 (see main library entry for this item)
Note: Gatherings 6, 7, 8 misbound between gatherings 1 and 2.
Provenance: Louis Jean Gaignat (1697-1768), Secretary to King Louis XV:  Gaignat sale, 1769;  lot 224 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 9 livres 1 sou;  see 'Dessain-Hunter correspondence' (University of Glasgow Library, MS Gen. 36, f.24v).
University of Glasgow:  Hunterian bequest, 1807;  Hunterian Museum bookplate on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “N.7.8”.
Binding: France, 18th-century red morocco decorated with triple gold fillets, a small gold fleuron at each corner;  gold-tooled spine;  marbled endpapers;  gilt-edged leaves;  turquoise silk bookmark.   Size:  204 x 141 mm.
Leaf size: 198 x 137 mm.
Annotations: Gatherings numbered at extreme left-hand lower corner of first recto leaf “1”-“15” (by the 18th-century binder?);  interlinear correction to text on 15/5r (f.117r).
Decoration: Initials supplied in red throughout, many with pen-flourishing;  frequent paragraph marks supplied in red.
Imperfections: Wanting 15/8 (f.120).

 

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