Augustinus, Aurelius: De civitate dei.

Commentary by Thomas Waleys and Nicolaus Trivet.

Mainz:  Peter Schoeffer, 5 Sept. 1473.
Fol.   [1-410 54 (5/3+1) 6-1010 1110 (±11/10) 12-1310 144 (14/3+1) 1510 1612 17-2010 214 (21/1+1) 22-2710 288 2910 308 (30/6+1) 31-3310 3410 (34/9+1) 35-3810].   [365] leaves, the last blank.
Woodcut printer’s devices in red.
ISTC ia01240000;  Goff A1240;  BMC I 29;  Bod-inc A-526;  GW 2884.

Two copies held by the University of Glasgow

Copy 1

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian By.1.4 (see main library entry for this item)
Note: Printer's pin-holes visible.
Variants: 1/1r, col.1, line 5:  “... agentium ...” not as GW “... agētium ...”;  1/1r, col. 2, lines 21-22 beginning “Incipiūt capitula ...” are printed in black, not red as GW and BMC;  1/2r, col. 1, lines 1-2:  “... do=|ctoris ...” not as GW “... doc=|toris ...”;  30/8r (f. 284r), col. 2, lines 31-35 (first colophon):  setting is as GW Anm.;  second colophon on 38/9r (f. 364r) as GW variant 3.
Provenance: Wiener Neustadt, Austria, Pauline Hermits:  inscription on 1/1r “Mon[aster]rij Neostadiensi[s] Ord[inis]: S: Pauli Primi Eremitae”.
Louis Jean Gaignat (1697-1768), Secretary to King Louis XV:  Gaignat sale, 1769;  lot 241 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 55 livres 6 sous;  see 'Dessain-Hunter correspondence' (University of Glasgow Library, MS Gen. 36, f. 24v).
University of Glasgow:  Hunterian bequest, 1807;  Hunterian Museum bookplate on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “Ag.5.16”.
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;  turquoise silk bookmark;  front flyleaf has bunch of grapes watermark.   Size:  408 x 282 mm.
Leaf size: 395 x 268 mm.
Annotations: Occasional marginal annotations and “nota” marks in brown ink in a humanist hand in gatherings 1, 3, 7, 9, 12-15;  piece of paper affixed with sealing wax to front flyleaf containing a note by William Hunter referring to variant setting of 30/8r (f. 284r).
Decoration: Several calligraphic initials supplied in brown ink in gatherings 1-6 and 12-15, together with several plain initials in brown ink.
Imperfections: None.

Monastic ownership inscription in  Augustinus, Aurelius:De civitate dei

 

Copy 2

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll T.C.L. e2 (see main library entry for this item)
Notes: Commentary and Index (gatherings 31-38 i.e. leaves 285-365) are bound at the beginning.  Printer's pin-holes visible.  Stubs showing for all inserted leaves.
Variants: 1/1r, col.1, line 5:  “... agentium ...” not as GW “... agētium ...”;  1/1r, col. 2, lines 21-22 beginning “Incipiūt capitula ...” are printed in black, not red as GW and BMC;  1/2r, col. 1, lines 1-2:  “... do=|ctoris ...” not as GW “... doc=|toris ...”;  30/8r (f. 284r), col. 2, lines 31-35 (first colophon):  setting is as GW Anm.;  second colophon on 38/9r (f. 364r) is as GW main transcription.
Provenance: William Pickering (1796-1854), bookseller and publisher, London:  lot 289 “fine large copy, in the original monastic binding” in 'Catalogue of the third portion of the extensive collection of valuable books formed by Mr. William Pickering' (London:  Sotheby & Wilkinson, Oct. 1854);  sold for £1.1.0 to the bookseller, William Straker, according to the annotated copy of the Pickering sale catalogue in University of Glasgow Library (shelfmark BD17-h.30).
William Straker (fl. 1810-1854) bookseller, London:  presumably bought book on behalf of William Euing.
William Euing (1788-1874), insurance broker, Glasgow:  purchased 30 Oct. 1854 according to Euing’s pencil acquisition note and price code on front pastedown “30-10-54 No 289 Pick. ba/”;  an early Euing inventory number “No 80” in pencil on front pastedown.
Free Church College Library, Glasgow (later Trinity College Library), founded 1856:  various Trinity College Library shelfmarks on front pastedown and on front free endpaper “12/1”, “1/C/1”, “1P1”, and “20/2 6”;  volume almost certainly presented to the Free Church College Library by William Euing.
University of Glasgow:  Trinity College Library placed on permanent deposit in University of Glasgow Library in 1974 by the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.
Binding: Germany, 15th/16th-century blind-tooled pigskin over bevelled wooden boards;  on the front cover triple and double fillets form three concentric rectangles;  the inner rectangle is decorated with lozenge-shaped stamps containing a rosette, which are placed edge to edge to form diagonal rows;  the second rectangle is decorated with a repeated circular stamp of a griffin(?) flanked at each side by a curved tendril-like tool (Rautengerank);  the outer rectangle is decorated with a single row of the same rosette stamps;  on the rear cover triple and double fillets form two concentric rectangles, the inner rectangle divided from corner to corner with triple fillets to form four triangles, the outer rectangle undecorated;  two brass and leather clasps, the brass chased with a floral design, similarly chased catch plates on the front board;  evidence of now lost corner-pieces and centre-pieces;  19th-century paper pastedowns, which may conceal early parchment pastedowns - from evidence of a parchment stub containing a manuscript fragment of Gregory the Great’s Moralia, which is visible between the final two gatherings in the volume.   Size:  434 x 290 mm.
Leaf size: 412 x 286 mm.
Annotations: Very occasional marginal annotations and numbering in a 15th/16th-century hand;  gatherings numbered in an early hand in middle of lower margin in two sequences:  “1”-“8” (Commentary and Index) and “1”-“30” (Text) - some numbers cropped;  early signatures in lower right-hand corner;  deleted (ownership?) inscription on 31/1r (f. 285r). 
Decoration: Principal initials supplied in red and blue with reserved white;  other initials throughout supplied in alternate red and blue (some with reserved white, and some with marginal flourishes);  paragraph marks supplied in red;  capital strokes in red throughout;  occasional underlining in red.
Imperfections: Wanting the final blank leaf.

 

Colophon of Augustinus, Aurelius:De civitate dei