Chronicles of England [English].
Westminster: William Caxton, 10 June 1480.
Fol. π8 a-x8 y6.  leaves, 1 (presumed blank) and 9 blank. The preliminary gathering is numbered "ii-iiij" but not signed. Signature h1 not printed.
ISTC ic00477000; Goff C477; BMC XI 116 (IB. 55026); DeR(C) 29.1; Bod-inc C-194; GW 6670 (I).
|Shelf-mark:||Sp Coll Hunterian Bv.2.31 (see main library entry for this item)|
|Variant:||π2r, line 1: “... Ihū criſt ...” as BMC, not as GW (1) “... Ihū. criſt ...”; π2r, line 5: “... Englond ...” as BMC, not as GW (I) “... England ...”; a2r, lines 1-2: “... namd ... || ... ſo namd” as BMC, not as GW (I) “... named ... || ... ſo named”; b1r, line 1: “... onely ...” not as GW (I) “... only ...”; x4r: as in Bod-inc’s first copy, the first line is printed as the last line of the page.|
|Note:||Inserted at the front of the volume, between the first and second flyleaves, is the lower half of leaf Aaaij from a copy of Bartolus de Saxoferrato, Super secunda parte Digesti novi, cum additionibus Alexandri Tartagni. [Lyons: Johannes Siber, ca. 1495] (ISTC ib00223300); see http://daten.digitale-sammlungen.de/~db/0007/bsb00071237/images/index.html?id=00071237&fip=xsyztsxsqrsyztsenxdsydxdsydw&no=25&seite=387.|
|Bound with:||Bound after Ranulphus Higden, The description of Britain. Westminster: William Caxton, 18 Aug. 1480. BMC, De Ricci, STC, Rhodes(Oxford Colleges) treat the Chronicles of England and the Higden as two separate items, though “Caxton obviously aimed to sell these works together” - cf. BMC XI, 117; ISTC, Goff, and Bod-inc treat them as a single item.|
|Provenance:||John Jewel(?) of Northcott, Devon (d. 1589): inscription in the margin of the incunable leaf (see Note above) inserted at the front “diem clausit extremu[m] Joh[ann]es Jule [Jewel?] de Northcott [...] obijt vijo [scored through] octauo die augustij anno d[omi]ni Mo Dlxxxixo annoque d[omi]ne [...] Elizabeth Regine nunc angl[iae] tricesimo primo et sepult[us] fuit in eccl[es]ia p[ar]ochialis de Estdowne [East Down] x die eiusd[e]m men[sis”; followed by an annotation in a 17th-century hand “The fyne exemplified. The feofment of my fathers land. The fyne of northcott ...”
William Turton (17th/18th century): inscription on second front flyleaf “Will: Turton [id est] ex bibl. D. Owen”; name on b3r “Will. Turton”.
D. Owen (17th/18th century): see above.
Daniel Phillips (17th/18th century): inscriptions ‘Daniell Phillips’, ‘Daniel Philippes’, and ‘Daniell Philippes’ followed by words in Welsh ‘Yscrufenwch gymraeg na na yn (?)sutur’; these appear on an inserted 17th/18th-century manuscript index described in Annotations.
William Hunter (1718-1783), physician and anatomist: source unknown.
University of Glasgow: Hunterian bequest 1807; Hunterian Museum bookplate on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “B.9.2”.
|Binding:||England, full dark brown morocco; rebound and given new pastedowns by Douglas Cockerell and Son, Mar. 1962; replacing an 18th-century quarter sheep binding with marbled paper sides; binder’s note tipped onto rear free endpaper; samples of original marbled paper sides and lettering piece mounted on new rear pastedown. Size: 254 x 188 mm.|
|Leaf size:||243 x 172 mm.|
|Annotations:||Fairly frequent marginal annotations in English in 16th and 17th/18th-century hands; occasional underlining and manicules; paginated in a 17th/18th-century hand ‘1-89’, ‘100-355’ from a2r-y6r; a folded sheet of paper, inserted between 3/8 and 4/1 (ff. 24 and 25) of Higden’s 'Description of Britain' (the first work in the volume), contains a 17th/18th-century manuscript index to the 'Chronicles of England' with reference to that pagination.|
|Decoration:||Initials and paragraph marks supplied in red.|
|Imperfections:||Wanting the (presumed) blank leaf π1; a3r damaged, with loss of text; d8 mutilated, with loss of text.|