Jamblichus: De mysteriis Aegyptiorum, Chaldaeorum, Assyriorum.  

Translated by Marsilius Ficinus.   Add:  Proclus Diadochus:  In Platonicum Alcibiadem;  De sacrificio et magia;  Porphyrius:  De divinis et daemonibus;  Synesius:  De somniis;  Michael Psellus:  De daemonibus;  Priscianus Lydus:  In Theophrastum De sensu;  Alcinous:  De doctrina Platonis (erroneously attributed to Albinus);  Speusippus:  De Platonis definitionibus;  Pseudo- Pythagoras:  Aurea verba et symbola;  Xenocrates:  De morte;  Marsilius Ficinus:  De voluptate.


Venice:  Aldus Manutius, Romanus, Sept. 1497.
Fol.   a-i8 K4 L-M6 N-O8 p-q8 R-Z8 &10.   [186] leaves, the last blank.
Woodcut initial on a2r.
ISTC ij00216000;  Goff J216;  BMC V 557;  Bod-inc J-093.


Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian By.2.18 (see main library entry for this item)
Variants: a2 incorrectly signed “aiii” as in BMC copy IB24446, not “aii” as in BMC copy IB24445;  K2r:  final word is mis-spelled “abente” as in BMC copy IB24445, not “absente” as in BMC copy IB24446.
Provenance: Aimar de Ranconet (1498-1559), French humanist scholar - possible owner:  inscription on a1r “S[um] bibliothecae Ranconeti [Ch?]arpentiae”.
Louis Jean Gaignat (1697-1768), Secretary to King Louis XV:  Gaignat sale, 1769;  lot 829 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 38 livres 1 sou;  see 'Dessain-Hunter correspondence' (University of Glasgow Library, MS Gen. 36, f.23r).
University of Glasgow:  Hunterian bequest, 1807;  Hunterian Museum bookplate on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “A.5.20”.
Binding: France, 18th-century blue morocco decorated with triple gold fillets, a small fleuron at each corner;  gold-tooled spine;  marbled endpapers;  gilt-edged leaves;  pink silk bookmark.   Size:  308 x 216 mm.
Leaf size: 300 x 206 mm.
Annotations: Fairly frequent marginal annotations and underlining in the same hand that wrote the provenance inscription;  foliated in an early hand “1”-“120” from a2-R1;  16th-century shelfmark or inventory number “R.108” in ink on a1r. Imprint details added in manuscript on title-page.
Decoration: The margins of a2r have a decorative border of stylised red and blue trefoils arranged in a chequer pattern;  initials throughout supplied in red and blue with reserved white;  paragraph marks supplied in alternate red and blue throughout;  capitals washed in yellow throughout.
Imperfections: Wanting the blank leaf &10.

Decorated border in Jamblichus: De mysteriis Aegyptiorum, Chaldaeorum, Assyriorum