Bernardus Silvestris: Epistola de gubernatione rei familiaris.

[Rome:  Georgius Lauer, ca. 1470]
4to.  [14].   [4] leaves.
ISTC ib00376000;  Goff B376;  Polain(B) 613;  GW 3963.
Often attributed to Bernardus Claravallensis.   The true author is Bernardus Silvestris ('Lexikon für Theologie und Kirche.' 2 Aufl. (Freiburg 1957-67) Bd.2 col.248) - ISTC.

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian By.3.26 (see main library entry for this item)
Note: 1/1r, line 1:  the tentative reading “falici (?)” (rather than GW and Polain’s “felici”) in Copinger 5456 - whose transcription is based on this the Hunterian copy - is due to imperfectly printed letters caused by a paper flaw.
Variant: 1/1r, line 4:  “... gubernandÄ™. Et” as in Polain(B), not “... gubernande. Et” as in GW.
Bound with: The first of two incunabula bound together.   Bound with:  Poggius Florentinus, Facetiae.  [Rome:  Georgius Lauer, ca. 1470].
Provenance: Reverendus Pater Johannes (16th/17th-century), possible owner:  inscription on 10/10v (f.100v) of second item in volume “R[everendus] P[ater] Johannes [...]”
Louis Jean Gaignat (1697-1768), Secretary to King Louis XV:  Gaignat sale, 1769;  lot 2129 in Guillaume de Bure, 'Bibliographie instructive:  supplément ... ou catalogue des livres de feu M. L.J. Gaignat', (Paris:  1769).
William Hunter (1718-1783), physician and anatomist:  purchased by Hunter at the Gaignat sale through his agent, Jean-Baptiste Dessain, for 73 livres 1 sou;  see 'Dessain-Hunter correspondence' (University of Glasgow Library, MS Gen. 36, f.25v).
University of Glasgow:  Hunterian bequest, 1807;  Hunterian Museum bookplate on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “K.7.13”.
Binding: France, 18th-century red morocco, covers bordered with triple gold fillets, a small gold fleuron at each corner, and triple gold fillets form a centre panel with a separate diamond-shaped floral ornament at each outer corner;  gold-tooled spine;  marbled endpapers;  gilt edged leaves;  green silk bookmark.   Size:  223 x 160 mm.
Leaf size: 216 x 152 mm.
Annotations: Occasional underlining;  pointing hands on 1/1r and 1/1v;  partially deleted inscription (16th/17th century) in upper margin of 1/1r.
Decoration: Two-line initial “G” on 1/1r supplied in red (now heavily faded);  faded initial strokes in red on 1/1r.
Imperfections: None.

Variant reading and deleted inscription in Bernardus Silvestris: Epistola de gubernatione rei familiaris