Gregorius IX, Pont. Max: Decretales cum glossa.

Edited by Franciscus Moneliensis.

[Venice]: Johannes Herbort, de Seligenstadt, for Johannes de Colonia, Jenson et Socii, 10 Sept. 1481.
Fol. a10 b-e8 f-g10 h-m8 n10 o-s8 t10 v-z8 [et]8 [con]10 [rum]8 A-C8 D-E10 F-K8 L10. [314] leaves, the last blank.
Woodcut printer’s device in red.
ISTC ig00453000; Goff G453; BMC V 302; Bod-inc G-237; GW 11460.

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian Bw.1.6 (see main library entry for this item)
Note: Printer's pin-holes visible.
Provenance: Johannes Christopherus Hager (d. 1632), Doctor decretorum, canon of Constance, episcopal and imperial councillor, provost of OSA St. Pelagius, Bischofszell: inscription on a1v “Sum J[ohan]n[i]s Christopheri Hageri D. Canon. Constan. Praepos. Epi[scopali]cellen[sis]”.
Edward Harley (1689-1741), Lord Harley; from 1724 2nd Earl of Oxford: see Binding.
Thomas Osborne (d. 1767), bookseller: purchased all the Harleian printed books; top corner of first front flyleaf cut off - as in many other Harleian volumes - probably by Osborne to remove his earlier price (cf. J.B. Oldham, 'Shrewsbury School bindings', p.114); no. 10198 in Osborne’s 'Catalogus bibliothecae Harleianae', vol. 2 (London: 1743) and no. 3148 in his 'Catalogus bibliothecae Harleianae', vol. 3 (London: 1744).
William Hunter (1718-1783), physician and anatomist: source unknown.
University of Glasgow: Hunterian bequest 1807; Hunterian Museum bookplate on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “T.3.3”.
Binding: England, 18th-century gold-tooled diced russia, bound for Lord Harley by Christopher Chapman.   On both covers triple fillets form two concentric frames:  within the outer frame is a floral roll (Nixon, ‘Harleian bindings’, pl. 13), and within the inner frame is an ornamental roll (Nixon, ‘Harleian bindings’, pl. 14, Chapman roll 5).   The roll used to decorate the head and foot of the spine and the tools used in the spine compartments are not amongst the Chapman tools illustrated in Nixon, ‘Harleian bindings’, pls. 14 & 15;  edges decorated with Chapman roll 2;  turn-ins decorated (on fore-edge only) with a roll not reproduced in Nixon, ‘Harleian bindings’, pl. 14;  marbled endpapers;  front and rear flyleaves have a watermark of an armorial shield with a bend sinister and surmounted by a fleur-de-lys, and a countermark of the letters “I V”.   Size:  450 x 307 mm.
Leaf size: 433 x 290 mm. 
Annotations: Frequent marginal annotations, pointing hands and “nota” marks in a 16th-century hand;  running chapter headings throughout on rectos;  chapter numbers added in margins.
Decoration: On a2r is a historiated miniature of Pope Gregorius IX seated on a throne and holding an open book placed on a lectern;  also on a2r, at the beginning of book 1, a nine-line initial “G” in dark blue is set on a  square ground of dull gold, and the body of the initial has a red infill which is decorated with lattice-work containing a pattern of green dots;  initials at the beginning of books 2-5 supplied in red and blue with reserved white;  other initials and paragraph marks throughout the text and commentary supplied in alternate red and blue;  running book numbers  “II”-“IIII” in red.
Imperfections: None. 

Historiated miniature in Gregorius IX, Pont. Max.: Decretales cum glossa