Crescentiis, Petrus de: Ruralia commoda.

Louvain:  Johannes de Westfalia, 9 Dec. 1474.
Fol.   [1-910 1012 11-1910 206].   [198] leaves, the first and last blank.
ISTC ic00966000;  Goff C966;  BMC IX 137;  Bod-inc C-478;  GW 7821.

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian Bw.2.17 (see main library entry for this item)
Note: Printer's pin-holes visible.
Note: 3/4.5 misbound as the outer leaves of gathering 2.
Provenance: Unidentified 16th-century English(?) owner:  heavily washed-out and partially deleted 16th-century ownership inscription in lower margin of 1/2r:  (under ultraviolet light) “Anno d[omi]ni 1560 inductus fui in vicariam de Regati [i.e. Reigate in Surrey?]” with an unread heavily washed-out inscription in the upper margin, perhaps in the same hand;  a similar ownership inscription (also washed-out and partially deleted) on 20/5v (f.197v) "[...] liber [...] vicarij de Regati Anno d[omi]ni 1565".
Louis Jean Gaignat (1697-1768), Secretary to King Louis XV:  Gaignat sale, 1769;  lot 1035 in Guillaume de Bure, 'Bibliographie instructive:  supplément ... ou catalogue des livres de feu M. L.J. Gaignat', 2 vols (Paris: 1769).
William Hunter (1718-1783), physician and anatomist:  purchased by Hunter at the Gaignat sale through his agent, Jean-Baptiste Dessain, for 73 livres 13 sous;  see 'Dessain-Hunter correspondence' (University of Glasgow Library, MS Gen. 36, f.24r).
University of Glasgow:  Hunterian bequest, 1807;  Hunterian Museum bookplate and book label on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “Aa.b.3”.
Binding: France, 18th-century blue morocco decorated with triple gold fillets, a small gold fleuron at each corner;  gold-tooled spine;  marbled endpapers;  gilt-edged leaves;  pink silk bookmark.   Size:  286 x 215 mm.
Leaf size: 276 x 200 mm.
Annotations: Frequent marginal annotations in Latin in 16th-century hands;  in book 6 many of the printed Latin names for plants have their English equivalent added in a 16th-century hand;  on 10/12v (f.102v) in a 15th/16th-century hand are written the first two verses of the Christmas hymn “Psallimus cantantes Domino nova cantica dantes”;  large pointing hand on 13/2v (f.124v);  partially deleted and washed-out inscriptions on 20/5v (f.197v);  running book numbers “1”-“9”, “x”, “xj”;  evidence of early signatures.
Decoration: Initials supplied in blue throughout with manuscript guide-letters visible in brown ink, except on 1/2 and on 20/2-5 (ff.2 and 194-197) where there are faint traces of initials supplied in red.
Imperfections: Wanting the first and final blank leaves.

Manuscript annotations in Crescentiis, Petrus de: Ruralia commoda