Gratianus: Decretum (cum apparatu Bartholomaei Brixiensis).

Edited by Alexander de Nevo and Petrus Albinianus Trecius.   Add:  Johannes Diaconus:  Summarium, seu Flos decreti.

Venice:  Nicolaus Jenson, 28 June 1474.
Fol.   [a-h10 i12 k-t10 v12 x-z10 A-C10 D8 E-I10 K12 L-O10 P-Q8].   [390] leaves, 382 and 390 blank.
ISTC ig00363000;  Goff G363;  BMC V 174 ; BSB-Ink G-255;  GW 11354.

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian Bw.1.12 (see main library entry for this item)
Variants: [a2r] (leaf [2r]), line 3:  “... [con]ſtitutionis” as in main GW transcription and BMC, not “... cōſtitutionis” as in GW Anm.;  [a2r] (leaf [2r]), line 7:  “bus ...” as in GW main transcription, not “b[us] ...” as in GW Anm.;  [P7v] (leaf [381v]), line 1:  “... Treci[us] ...” as in GW Anm. and BMC, not “.... Trecius ...” as in main GW transcription;  [Q1r] (leaf [383r]), col. 1, lines 31-32 [sic]:  “[ ]Umanum genus duobus || modis regitur et cetera.” not as GW col. 1, lines 22-23 [sic] “[ ]Umanū genus duobus modis regi||tur et cetera.”
Provenance: Spoleto, Observant Franciscans, S. Paulus inter Vineas:  inscription on [a2r] (leaf [2r]) “Spectat ad Con[ventum] S[anc]ti Pauli Spoleti”.
Philip Carteret Webb (1702-1770), barrister, FSA, FRS:  armorial bookplate on verso of front free endpaper;  Webb’s shelfmark “D--4” in ink on first front flyleaf;  presumably lot 2050 “Decretorum Codex, corio turcico, ac editio princeps, Ven. ap. Jenson, 1473 [sic]” in 'A catalogue of the very valuable library of Phillip Carteret Webb ... which will begin to be sold by auction, by S. Baker and G. Leigh ... on Monday, February the 25th, 1771 ...', [London:  1771].
William Hunter (1718-1783), physician and anatomist:  source unknown, but perhaps acquired by Hunter directly at the Webb sale.
University of Glasgow:  Hunterian bequest 1807;  Hunterian Museum bookplate on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “B.3.16”.
Binding: 18th-century speckled calf;  covers framed with a border of triple gold fillets and two blind rolls, with a separate decorative tool at each inner corner of the frame;  repaired and rebacked Aug. 1987 by James Brockman, red leather title labels put back and marbled endpapers retained;  sprinkled red-edged leaves;  front and rear flyleaves have watermark of an armorial shield with two bendlets surmounted by a fleur-de-lys, and countermark of the letters “D I S”.   Now housed in a brown buckram-covered box with samples of original spine covering mounted inside.   Size:  443 x 300 mm.
Leaf size: 428 x 285 mm.
Annotations: Very occasional evidence of early manuscript signatures e.g. on [t2] (leaf [184]).
Decoration: 33 pen-and-ink drawings occupy blank spaces left in the body of the text on leaves [91r], [113v], [132r], [141r], [144r], [146v], [149v], [155v], [164r], [176v], [187r], [191v], [195r], [200r], [220v], [221v], [224r], [225v], [234v], [256v], [267v], [271v], [278v], [287v], [291v], [293r], [297r], [299r], [309v], [343r], [344r], [351v], and [352v];  the drawings, all uncoloured and populated with figures lay and ecclesiastical, which illustrate scenes from the examples of canon law described in the text, were probably designs for intended miniatures - see N.R. Thorp, 'The glory of the page', no. 92.   Ten-line initials supplied in shades of purple and dull gold on a lustrous gold square ground, the initials generally given an infill of stylised flowers on a background of blue with white tracery;  four-line initials supplied in gold on a blue square ground decorated with white tracery - many of the initials have a crimson infill with white tracery;  smaller initials throughout supplied in alternate red and blue;  paragraph marks supplied in red or blue;  many capitals washed in yellow;  running chapter numbers supplied in red in top margins.
Imperfections: Wanting the blank leaf [Q8].

Illuminated initials in Gratianus: Decretum