Herodotus: Historiae.

Translated by Laurentius Valla.   Edited by Benedictus Brognolus.   Add:  Benedictus Brognolus:  Epistola ad Nicolaum Donatum.

Venice:  Jacobus Rubeus, [before Dec.] 1474.
Fol.   [1-2510 266 274].   [260] leaves, the first blank.
ISTC ih00088000;  Goff H88;  BMC V 213 & XII 14;  Bod-inc H-054;  GW 12321.

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian Bw.2.18 (see main library entry for this item)
Variant: This copy conforms to the variant copy described in BMC XII 14 - as opposed to the copy printed on vellum described in BMC V 213.
Provenance: Amboise, House of (France):  painted shield in lower margin of 1/2r bearing the arms of the House of Amboise, a Paly of six Or and Gules.
Louis Jean Gaignat (1697-1768), Secretary to King Louis XV:  Gaignat sale, 1769;  lot 2858 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 21 livres 1 sou;  see 'Dessain-Hunter correspondence' (University of Glasgow Library, MS Gen. 36, f. 24r).
University of Glasgow:  Hunterian bequest, 1807;  Hunterian Museum bookplate on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “Au.5.7”.
Binding: France, 18th-century blue morocco decorated with triple gold fillets, a six-pointed gold star at each corner;  gold-tooled spine;  marbled endpapers;  gilt-edged leaves.   Size:  285 x 218 mm.
Leaf size: 278 x 207 mm.
Annotations: Occasional marginal numbering in gatherings 1 and 2;  traces of early manuscript signatures.
Decoration: Seven-line initial “H” on 1/2r supplied in gold on a dark blue ground, the body of the initial filled in with crimson;  upper, inner and lower margins of 1/2r decorated with a floral border, and included in the border of the lower margin is a painted armorial shield - see Provenance above;  other initials throughout supplied in either red with black pen-work decoration or in blue with red pen-work decoration (the pen-work sometimes incorporating a human face);  capitals washed in yellow throughout.
Imperfections: Wanting the first blank leaf.

Illuminated border in Herodotus: Historiae