Servius Maurus, Honoratus: Commentarii in Vergilii opera.

Preliminaries:  Aelius Donatus:  Vita Vergilii.

[Venice]:  Christophorus Valdarfer, 1471.
Fol.   [112 28 3-610.6 710 88 910 1012 11-1410 158 16-1710 188 (18/8+1) 19-2010 218 (-21/7, a blank) 22-238 24-2510 2612 2710 288 (-28/7, a blank) 29-3010 3112 32-3510 3612].   [345] leaves, the first blank.
ISTC is00479000;  Goff S479;  BMC V 184 (IB.19762);  Bod-inc S-186.

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian By.2.5 (see main library entry for this item)
Variant: This copy is the variant issue with colophon attributing correction to Ludovico Carbone:  “In commune bonum mandaſti plurima formis Ratiſponenſis gloria Criſtophore ... opera Carbonis ad unguem Correctus ueſtris ſeruiet ingeniis:” - cf. BMC copy  IB.19762 and Hain 14705.
Note: The superfluous blank 21/7 is not cut away.
Provenance: La Baume le Blanc, Louis César de (1708-1780), duc de La Vallière;  La Vallière sale 1767;  lot 2502 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 through his agent, Jean-Baptiste Dessain, for 96 livres;  see 'Dessain-Hunter correspondence' (University of Glasgow Library, MS Gen 36, f. 6r & f. 7v);  price given as 52 livres 19 sous in the priced copy of De Bure’s 'Catalogue' in University of Glasgow Library (shelfmark Sp Coll 2044-5).
University of Glasgow:  Hunterian bequest 1807;  Hunterian Museum bookplate on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “At.2.6”.
Binding: France, 18th-century blue morocco decorated with triple gold fillets, a small gold circle at each corner;  gold-tooled spine;  marbled endpapers;  gilt-edged leaves;  pink silk bookmark.   Size:  308 x 208 mm.
Leaf size: 299 x 196 mm.
Annotations: Marginal annotations and underlining in red ink in a humanist hand in gathering 12, mainly extracting keywords;  marginal annotations in brown ink in a humanist hand in gatherings 18 and 19, mainly extracting keywords;  occasional traces of numbering of gatherings in top right-hand corner of first recto.
Decoration: Eight-line initial “V” on 1/2r supplied in gold, entwined with white-vine decoration defined in purple and green and set on a rectangular blue ground, which is decorated with white dots in groups of three;  in the upper margin of 1/2r is a border of similar white-vine decoration on a similar blue ground;  the inner and outer margins have borders made-up of columns of overlapping purple laurel leaves, and the lower margin has a land and seascape border incorporating an empty shield for a coat of arms, flanked at the left by a mermaid or merman holding a cornucopia and at the right by a mermaid or merman holding a banner.   Principal initials, which are supplied in gold and faceted, are set on rectangular grounds of purple, green, red, or blue, all decorated with white dots in groups of three (in some instances the illuminator has supplied an erroneous initial and a later correction in brown ink has been added alongside the initial).   Paragraph marks supplied in red throughout.
Imperfections: None.

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