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].  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
|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.|
|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.|