Higden, Ranulphus: Polycronicon.

Translated by John Trevisa.   Edited, with a continuation 1358-1460, by William Caxton.

[Westminster]: William Caxton, [between 2 July and 8 Oct. 1482]
Fol. a-b8 C4 1-288 χ2 29-488 494 508 52-558. [21], I-CCCCxxviij, [1] leaves ( 1, 21, 25, 246, 450 blank).
ISTC ih00267000; Goff H267; BMC XI 127; DeR(C) 49.14; Bod-inc H-121; GW 12468.

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian Bv.2.9 (see main library entry for this item)
Note: Partial stub showing between leaves 29.2 and 29.3, which combined with the fact that leaf 29.3 is of a lesser height than the rest (see Leaf size) and is also the only leaf in the gathering to have rubrication (see Decoration), suggests that this leaf may derive from a different copy.
Provenance: John Ratcliffe (1707-1776), book collector: lot 1669 in 'Bibliotheca Ratcliffiana' (1776).
William Hunter (1718-1783), physician and anatomist: purchased by Hunter for £5.15.6 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 on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “M.5.9”.
Binding: England, 18th-century red morocco with gold-tooled border incorporating an insect (bee or wasp?) motif and a bird with head turned backwards;  the same border appears on the covers of three other English incunabula previously owned by Ratcliffe and now in the Hunterian Library:  (1) John Lydgate, The Life of Our Lady.  [Westminster]:  William Caxton, [1483] (shelfmark Bv.2.20);  (2) Geoffrey Chaucer, Canterbury tales.  [London]:  Richard Pynson, [between June 1491 and 13 Nov. 1492] (shelfmark Bv.2.12);  (3) Gossuin de Metz, Myrrour of the worlde.  [Westminster]:  William Caxton, [ca. 1489-90] (shelfmark Bv.2.30);  gold-tooled spine;  dark blue pastedowns;  gilt-edged leaves.   Size:  291 x 205 mm. 
Leaf size: 275 x 196 mm - except for leaf 29.3 whose height is 270 mm.
Annotations: Copious marginal annotations in English in 16th and 17th-century hands; frequent “nota” marks; occasional pointing hands; royal genealogies on 40.2v and 41.1v.
Decoration: Leaf 29.3 is rubricated and includes a marginal annotation in red on its recto; gathering 37 rubricated; calligraphic initial “H” supplied in black ink on 53.4v; pen-and-ink drawing of a lion rampant on the recto of the blank leaf 1.1.
Imperfections: Wanting gathering a8 and leaves b1-2, b7-8, 55.7, 55.8; leaf 55.6 mutilated and wanting approximately half of its printed text. The text of the missing leaves a2-8 and b1-2 (Prohemye and Table) is supplied in manuscript in an 18th-century hand on nine leaves inserted at the beginning of the book; the partially missing text of leaf 55.6 is supplied in manuscript in the same hand on a piece of paper feathered-on to the mutilated leaf; the opening lines of the text (but not Caxton’s Epilogue and colophon) of the recto of the missing leaf 55.7 are supplied in the same hand on the recto of a single leaf inserted at the end.

Manuscript proheme in Higden, Ranulphus: Polycronicon