Bonaventura, S. [pseudo-]: Meditationes vitae Christi [English]. The myrroure of the blessyd lyf of Jhesu Cryste.
Translated by Nicholas Love. Add: A short treatise of the sacrament of Christ's blessed body. A short devote prayer of Jesus Christ.
[Westminster]: William Caxton, [ca. 1489-90]
Fol. a-s8 t4.  leaves, the first blank. Signature on p2 is printed “pj”.
ISTC ib00903000; Goff B903; BMC XI 172-4; Bod-inc B-445; DeR(C) 10: 8; GW 4764 (Pseudo-Bonaventura).
The pseudo-Bonaventuran Meditationes Vitae Christi is the work of a Franciscan of San Gimignano in Tuscany, in all probability Johannes de Caulibus - cf. BMC XI 172.
|Shelf-mark:||Sp Coll Hunterian Bv.2.24 (see main library entry for this item)|
|Note:||For a further description of this copy see http://special.lib.gla.ac.uk/exhibns/month/jul2000.html|
|Provenance:||Edward Harley (1689-1741), Lord Harley; from 1724 2nd Earl of Oxford: see BMC XI 173-4, where Hunter’s copy is identified as the Harleian copy - De Ricci(C) 10: 4 wrongly identified the copy in the British Library (C.10.b.15 = IB. 55120) as the Harleian copy.
Thomas Osborne (d. 1767), bookseller: purchased all the Harleian printed books; price in pencil “2-2-0” on front free endpaper; no. 1546 in Osborne’s 'Catalogus bibliothecae Harleianae', vol. 3 (London: 1744).
John Ratcliffe (1707-1776), book collector: lot 1664 in 'Bibliotheca Ratcliffiana' (1776).
William Hunter (1718-1783), physician and anatomist: purchased by Hunter for £3.3.0 at the Ratcliffe sale according to the annotated BL copy of the Ratcliffe sale catalogue (shelfmark 822.d.6).
University of Glasgow: Hunterian bequest 1807; Hunterian Museum bookplate and book label on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “Ab.9.18”.
Note: Hunter’s is one of two copies owned by John Ratcliffe, whose other, larger copy is now the British Library copy (C.10.b.15 = IB. 55120) referred to above. Some of the missing leaves from the Hunterian copy had been transferred by Ratcliffe whilst in his possession to perfect his larger copy (see BMC XI, 173).
|Binding:||England, 18th-century calf, bound for Lord Harley by Thomas Elliott. On both covers double gold fillets form a frame, within which is a blind roll (Nixon, ‘Harleian bindings’, pl. 14, Elliott roll 4). Dark green leather title label added to spine at a later date in the 18th century, and three of the six spine compartments have a red leather covering added, which is tooled with a “Gothic window” design; dark blue paper pastedowns (also a later addition). Edges decorated in gilt with a roll similar to Nixon, ‘Harleian bindings’, pl. 14, Elliott roll 2, and turn-ins decorated in blind with the same roll. Volume restored and rebacked in 2015 by Louise Robertson (University of Glasgow Library Conservation Department); title label and fragments of spine covering preserved separately. Size: 264 x 198 mm.|
|Leaf size:||254 x 190 mm.|
|Annotations:||Marginal annotation on a4r referring to death of Archbishop Thomas Arundell and to his successor, Henry Chichele; scribbling in lower margin of a4r; letter “h” and doodles in margin of c8v; crude marginal drawing of a hand on d1r; pen-trials of the letter “h” on d3r; marginal scribbles on d5v and d6r; brief marginal annotation on k2r; reference to “Ames. 42” on front free endpaper, together with title written in ink in an 18th-century hand (beneath which is an erasure).|
|Imperfections:||Wanting a1-3, a8, b2, b7-8, c1-2, d2, d7, m3-5, r5-7, s5, s6, t4.|