Livius, Titus: Historiae Romanae decades.

Edited by Johannes Andreas de Bussis, bishop of Aleria.

[Venice]: Vindelinus de Spira, 1470.
Fol. [1-212 3-1110 1210 (12/9+1) 13-1510 16-178 18-3410 35-368 37-4110 4214].  [421] leaves (1, 171, and 421 blank).
ISTC il00238000; Goff L238; BMC V 154 (IB. 19517); Bod-inc L-116.

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian By.1.7 (see main library entry for this item)
Note: Printer's pin-holes visible.
Variants: In this copy (as opposed to BMC copy IB. 19519), the outer sheet of gathering 3 is reset to include a portion of text omitted from the original setting and conforms to BMC copies IB. 19517 and IB. 19518; this copy does not have the woodcut borders and initials present in BMC IB. 19519 but absent in the two other BMC copies.
Provenance: Louis Jean Gaignat (1697-1768), Secretary to King Louis XV: Gaignat sale, 1769; lot 2885 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 484 livres; see 'Dessain-Hunter correspondence' (University of Glasgow Library, MS Gen. 36, f. 24r).
University of Glasgow: Hunterian bequest, 1807; Hunterian Museum bookplate and book label on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “Ab.4.1”. 
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 book-mark;  rear flyleaf has watermark of a six-petalled flower.   Size: 418 x 292 mm.
Leaf size: 407 x 280 mm.
Annotations: Headings provided in a humanist hand for the opening letter of Andreas de Bussis to Paulus II and for the Epitome of Lucius Annaeus Florus which follows it;  Decade and book numbers supplied in the same hand;  signatures in a 16th-century hand.
Decoration: Partially decorated up to and including quire 8;  eight-line initial ‘A’ supplied in red and blue with reserved white on 1/4r and a similar initial ‘A’ supplied on 6/3v (f. 57v);  nine-line initial ‘F’ supplied in interlocking red and blue on 3/1r (f. 25r) and a similar eight-line initial ‘L’ on 4/7v (f. 41v);  eight-line initial ‘H’ supplied in red on 8/2r (f. 76r);  thereafter initial spaces have only guide-letters in brown ink;  initials and paragraph marks in the Epitome (1/4r-2/12v i.e. ff. 4r-24v) supplied in alternate red and blue;  paragraph marks in alternate red and blue continue up to 8/8r (f. 82r).
Imperfections: Wanting the final blank leaf.

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