Alphonsus de Spina: Fortalitium fidei.
[Strassburg: Johann Mentelin, not after 1471]
Fol. [1-28 3-610 7-88 96 10-1610 17-188 19-2510 268 276].  leaves.
ISTC ia00539000; Goff A539; BMC I 55 (IC. 541); Bod-inc A-222; GW 1574.
|Shelf-mark:||Sp Coll Hunterian Bx.1.5 (see main library entry for this item)|
|Note:||This copy preserves (gathering 1) the printed list of rubrics to be copied, which as a rule was destroyed when the rubrication was completed - see BMC.|
|Note:||Printer's pin-holes visible.|
|Provenance:||La Baume le Blanc, Louis César de (1708-1780), duc de La Vallière; La Vallière sale 1767; lot 888 (“mar. r” i.e. red morocco) in G.F. de Bure, 'Catalogue des livres provenans de la bibliothèque de M.L.D.D.L.V.', 2 vols (Paris: 1767).
William Hunter (1718-1783), physician and anatomist: purchased by Hunter at the La Vallière sale through his agent, Jean-Baptiste Dessain, for 85 livres 15 sous; see 'Dessain-Hunter correspondence' (University of Glasgow Library, MS Gen. 36, f.5v).
University of Glasgow: Hunterian bequest, 1807; Hunterian Museum bookplate on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “Ag.5.14”.
|Note:||Hunter apparently had a second copy of this edition, which he purchased through his agent, Jean-Baptiste Dessain, for 71 livres 11 sous at the Gaignat sale - lot 416 in Guillaume de Bure, 'Bibliographie instructive: supplément ... ou catalogue des livres de feu M. L.J. Gaignat', 2 vols (Paris: 1769); see 'Dessain-Hunter correspondence' (University of Glasgow Library, MS Gen. 36, f.25r). However, the binding of that copy is described in the sale catalogue and in the 'Dessain-Hunter correspondence' as “m. c” (i.e. citron morocco); it is no longer in the Hunterian Library.|
|Binding:||France, 18th-century red morocco decorated with triple gold fillets, a small gold fleuron at each corner; gold-tooled spine; marbled endpapers; gilt-edged leaves; front flyleaf has watermark of a bunch of grapes, and rear flyleaf the initials “L G”. Size: 406 x 300 mm.|
|Leaf size:||393 x 288 mm.|
|Annotations:||Very occasional marginal annotations in a 15th/16th-century hand; very occasional evidence of early signatures.|
|Decoration:||Eight-line initial “T” on 3/1r (f.17r) supplied in red and blue and reserved white, with red and blue pen-work decoration; an eight line initial “U” on 3/2r (f.18r), a six-line initial “A” on 6/9v (f.55v), and a six-line initial “H” on 10/1r (f.79r) are supplied in red and blue and reserved white; other initials throughout supplied in red or blue; paragraph marks in red or blue throughout; capital strokes in yellow throughout; rubric titles supplied in red throughout; running book numbers in red and/or blue roman numerals throughout.|