Burlaeus, Gualtherus: De vita et moribus philosophorum (with the lives of Petrarch & Boethius, and Dicta philosophorum).

[Cologne:  Printer of the 'Flores Sancti Augustini' (Johann Schilling), for William Caxton, ca. 1472]
Fol.  [1-410 58 610].   [58] leaves.
ISTC ib01318000;  Goff B1318;  BMC I 234;  Bod-inc B-609;  GW 5784.

Printer tentatively identified as Johann Veldener by S. Corsten, in 'Journal of the Printing Historical Society' 11 (1976/77) pp. 1-18, but as Schilling working for Caxton by Needham (Corsten Festschrift) pp. 117-20.

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian Bx.2.6 (see main library entry for this item)
Provenance: Louis-Léon-Félicité, duc de Brancas de Lauraguais (1733-1824):  lot 758 in Guillaume de Bure, 'Catalogue d’une collection de livres choisis, provenans du cabinet de M***' (Paris:  1770).
William Hunter (1718-1783), physician and anatomist:  purchased by Hunter at the Brancas de Lauraguais sale through his agent, Peter Molini, for 24 livres 4 sous;  see Molini’s bill to Hunter (University of Glasgow Library, Hunter Papers H214).
University of Glasgow:  Hunterian bequest 1807;  Hunterian Museum bookplate on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “O.3.2”.
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:  294 x 208 mm.
Leaf size: 288 x 200 mm.
Annotations: Foliated in an early hand from 1/2 onwards “1”-“55”, “57”-“58”.
Decoration: Six-line initial “D” on 1/2r supplied in red and faded blue;  other initials supplied in alternate red and faded blue throughout;  occasional paragraph marks and underlining supplied in red.
Imperfections: None.


Opening page of text from 'De vita et moribus philosophorum'. Sp Coll Hunterian Bx.2.6.