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].   [93] 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 two other Hunterian incunables with a Harleian provenance (Bh.2.16Bx.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.

Illuminated initial and laurel wreath decoration in Cicero, Marcus Tullius: De finibus bonorum et malorum