Cicero, Marcus Tullius: De finibus bonorum et malorum.
Edited by Georgius Merula.
Venice: [Vindelinus de Spira], for Johannes de Colonia, [not after 9 Nov.] 1471.
4to. [12 2-58 66 78 88 (-8/7) 9-128 136].  leaves, 3, 40, 92-93 blank.
Collation as Bod-inc, not as BMC. 8/7 is cancelled with only a stub remaining, the text of 8/6v and 8/8r being continuous.
ISTC ic00565000; Goff C565; BMC V 157; Bod-inc C-289; GW 6885.
|Shelf-mark:||Sp Coll Hunterian Bw.2.3 (see main library entry for this item)|
|Note:||Gathering 1 is bound between the first two leaves of gathering 2.|
|Note:||Printer's pin-holes visible.|
|Provenance:||P. D. C. (16th century?): on 2/2r (f. 4r) the initials “.P. .D. .C.” written in black ink within a laurel wreath.
William Strahan (18th century): armorial bookplate on front pastedown “Will Strahan Esqr.” with motto “Forward” (Franks 28330).
Edward Harley (1689-1741), Lord Harley; from 1724 2nd Earl of Oxford - see below.
Thomas Osborne (d. 1767), bookseller: purchased all the Harleian printed books; although the front flyleaf is now mounted on a blank sheet of paper there is clear evidence that its top corner had been cut off at an earlier date - as in many other Harleian volumes - probably by Osborne to remove his earlier price (cf. J.B. Oldham, 'Shrewsbury School bindings', p.114); no. 1071 in Osborne’s 'Catalogus bibliothecae Harleianae', vol. 3 (London: 1744) and no. 881 in his 'Catalogus bibliothecae Harleianae', vol. 5 (London: 1745).
Anthony Askew (1722-1774), physician and classical scholar: Askew sale, 13 Feb. 1775 onwards; lot 1385 in 'Bibliotheca Askeviana' … (London: Baker & Leigh, 1775).
William Hunter (1718-1783), physician and anatomist: purchased by Hunter at the Askew sale for £12.5.0 according to the partially annotated copy of the Askew sale catalogue in University of Glasgow Library (shelfmark Mu36-c.8).
University of Glasgow: Hunterian bequest 1807; Hunterian Museum bookplate on front free endpaper, with former shelfmark “Au.5.10”.
|Binding:||England, 18th-century gold-tooled red-morocco, bound for Lord Harley by Thomas Elliott. On both covers triple fillets form two concentric frames: within the outer frame is a floral roll (Nixon, ‘Harleian bindings’, pl. 14, Elliott roll 3), and within the inner frame are two ornamental rolls (Nixon, ‘Harleian bindings’, pl. 14, Elliott rolls 1 and 4); the spine decoration includes Nixon, ‘Harleian bindings’, pl. 15, Elliott nos 3a & b; the turn-ins are decorated with Elliott roll 2; marbled endpapers; rear flyleaf has watermark initial “D”. Size: 287 x 207 mm.|
|Leaf size:||279 x 195 mm.|
|Annotations:||Frequent marginal annotations in Latin (with occasional words in Greek) in a 16th-century hand; on 2/1r (f. 3r) a financial annotation in Italian in a 16th/17th-century hand; very occasional traces of early signatures; 18th-century numbering or code in pencil resembling ‘IIIIij’ on mounted front flyleaf; a similar numbering appears in three other Hunterian incunables with a Harleian provenance (Bh.2.16, Bx.2.1, Bx.2.18).|
|Decoration:||On 2/2r (f. 4r) a seven-line initial “N” is supplied in gold on a square ground of white-vine decoration defined in crimson, green and blue with a pattern of white dots, which extends into the inner and upper margins, and in the lower margin is a green laurel wreath containing an owner’s initials in black ink (see Provenance); similar seven-line initials in gold with white-vine decoration (but without marginal extensions) on 2/7r, 6/1r, 8/1r, 9/8r (ff. 17r, 41r, 56r, 71r).|
|Imperfections:||Wanting the final two blank leaves.|