Herbarius latinus.

(with German synonyms).

Mainz:  Peter Schoeffer, [14]84.
4to.   [14 2-218 2210].   [174] leaves, leaf 156 blank.
Woodcuts; woodcut printer's device in red.
ISTC ih00062000;  Goff H62 A(i);  BMC I 39;  Bod-inc H-037;  GW 12268.

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll  Hunterian Bw.3.5 (see main library entry for this item)
Variants: With title, date and woodcut printer’s device printed in red on 1/1r i.e. corresponding to ISTC’s state A.  Woodcuts 42 and 48 correctly numbered and woodcut 75 misnumbered “73” i.e. corresponding to ISTC’s state Bi.
Provenance: Joannes Grandus (17th century), of Avignon:  inscription with motto on 1/1r “Sp[iritu]s vbj vult Spirat Jo Grandus avenio”.
Robert Gray (fl. 1664-1722), Doctor of Medicine, Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London 1664, Fellow 1687:  inscription on 1/1r “Ex libris Ro: Gray collegii medicorum Londinensium socii Anno 1702” and with his annotations on verso of front free endpaper and on 1/1v.
John Ratcliffe (1707-1776), book collector:  sale (1776), lot 1570 (‘Herbarius maguntie impressus, cum fig, Colorat.’)
William Hunter (1718-1783), physician and anatomist:  purchased for £0.12.0 at the Ratcliffe sale;  see the annotated British Library copy of the sale catalogue.
University of Glasgow:  Hunterian bequest 1807;  Hunterian Museum bookplate and book label on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “X.7.21”.
Binding: 17th-century vellum with fore-edge cover extensions;  spine title written in ink (heavily worn and largely illegible).   Size:  214 x 151 mm.
Leaf size: 209 x 148 mm.
Annotations: 16th/17th-century index to the numbered woodcuts written on the blank page [a4v] and continuing onto the printed page [b1r] - this index pre-dates the loss of the leaves detailed in Imperfections below;  frequent marginal annotations in 16th and 17th-century hands;  frequent underlining and “nota” marks;  occasional pointing hands;  number “854” in ink in a 17th/18th-century hand on front free endpaper, repeated in top right-hand corner of [a1r];  large letter “C” perhaps in the same hand on front free endpaper;  faint pencil number “515” (18th century?) on [a1r].
Decoration: Woodcuts coloured by hand.
Imperfections: Wanting gatherings [d], [e], [u] (i.e. leaves [21]-[36] and [149]-[156] containing woodcuts 17-32 and woodcuts 145-150);  also wanting [y8] and [y9] (leaves [172] and [173]);  [y10] (leaf [174]) mutilated.

Manuscript index in Herbarius latinus (with German synonyms)