Euclides: Elementa geometriae. 

Translated by Adelardus Bathoniensis;  revised by Johannes Campanus.

Venice:  Erhard Ratdolt, 25 May 1482.
Fol.   a10 b-r8.   [138] leaves, the last blank.
Woodcuts; woodcut initials; woodcut border on a2r.
ISTC ie00113000;  Goff E113;  BMC V 285 (IB. 20513);  Bod-inc E-036;  GW 9428.

Two copies held by the University of Glasgow

Copy 1

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian By.2.12 (see main library entry for this item )
Variant: Settings of a1v, lines 1-2, and of a2r, lines 1-2 (printed in red), follow BMC’s transcription for the copy at IB. 20513, not IB. 20514;  o8r, line 45, has the corrected setting of the text:  “culi proſtrati ſed non ſunt adinuicem equales. hoc aūt ſcies ſi perpendiculares a” - cf. Curt M. Bühler, “A typographical error in the editio princeps of Euclid”, ‘Gb Jb’ (1966), 102-4.   The two University Library copies of this edition exhibit some differences in the marginal woodcut diagrams;  in both copies there is a total of four identical diagrams on d1r and d1v - in the copy at By.2.12 one woodcut diagram is located on d1r and three on d1v, in the copy at BD9-c.5 the woodcuts are repositioned so that two appear on d1r and two on d1v;  there is a further difference in the marginal woodcuts on e1r - in the copy at By.2.12 there are three woodcut diagrams, whereas in the copy at BD9-c.5 only two are present.
Provenance: Paris, Jesuits:  inscription on a2r “Collegii Paris. Societ. Jesu.”; lot 2044 in 'Catalogue des livres de la bibliothèque des ci-devant soi-disans Jésuites de Collège de Clermont' (Paris:  1764);  sold for 6 livres according to the priced copy of the sale catalogue in University of Glasgow Library.
Louis Jean Gaignat (1697-1768), Secretary to King Louis XV:  Gaignat sale, 1769;  lot 1240 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 80 livres 1 sou;  see 'Dessain-Hunter sale 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 “Ax.1.1”.
Binding: France, 18th-century blue morocco decorated with triple gold fillets, a small gold fleuron at each corner;  gold-tooled spine;  marbled endpapers;  gilt-edged leaves;  pink silk bookmark.   Size:  310 x 222 mm.
Leaf size: 303 x 211 mm.
Annotations: A marginal note and interlinear correction on d5r and on f7v;  manuscript additions or corrections to the woodcut marginal diagrams on a6v, b3v and b5r;  an additional marginal diagram in pen-and-ink supplied on c8r.
Decoration: None.
Imperfections: None.

Opening Page of main text of Euclides: Elementa Geometriae

 

Copy 2

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll BD9-c.5 (see main library entry for this item)
Variants: Settings of a1v, lines 1-2, and of a2r, lines 1-2 (printed in red) follow BMC’s transcription for the copy at IB. 20513, not IB. 20514;  o8r, line 45, has the uncorrected setting of the text:  “culi proſtrati ſed nō ſunt adinuicē equales. hoc aūt ſcies ſi p[er]pendiculares a corau-” - cf. Curt M. Bühler, “A typographical error in the editio princeps of Euclid”, ‘Gb Jb’ (1966), 102-4.   The two University Library copies of this edition exhibit some differences in the marginal woodcut diagrams;  in both copies there is a total of four identical diagrams on d1r and d1v - in the copy at BD9-c.5 two woodcut diagrams are located on d1r and two on d1v, in the copy at By.2.12 the woodcuts are repositioned so that one only is present on d1r and three on d1v;  there is a further difference in the marginal woodcuts on e1r - in the copy at BD9-c.5 just two woodcut diagrams are present, whereas in the copy at By.2.12 there is an additional third diagram.
Bound with: The first of three items bound together.   Bound with:  (2) Claudius Ptolemaeus, Geographia.  Nuremberg:  Hans Stuchs, 1514;  (3) Soranus, Ephesius, De re medica.  Basel:  Andreas Cratander, Aug. 1528.
Provenance: David Brehler (fl. 1639), physician, Bamberg: inscription on a1r (the first two words heavily scored through) “David(?) Brehler(?) Doct. Bamberg 1639”.
Vienna, Bibliotheca Brehleriana: inscription on a2r “ad Bibliothecam Brehlerianam i7i4” and “in cathalogo N[ume]ro 668 ex antiqua Brehleriana Bibliotheca vienensi”.
Joseph Sams, bookseller, Darlington & London (1784-1860): sold book to William Euing.
William Euing (1788-1874), insurance broker, Glasgow: purchased from Sams 2 July 1849 according to Euing’s pencil acquisition note and price code on front pastedown “2.7.49 db/ Sams” together with his early inventory number “No 62”.
University of Glasgow: presented by Euing in 1872 according to one of two University Library bookplates on front pastedown.
Binding: Germany(?), 16th-century blind-tooled pigskin;  covers decorated with fillets and three different floral rolls to form five concentric rectangles;  two chased brass clasps with catch plates on front board;  edges of outer and inner corners protected with brass strips;  spine decorated with a Rautengerank tool;  vestiges of ink spine titles;  rear free endpaper has watermark of a crown surmounted by a cross and a star (cf. Briquet 4960).   Size: 318 x 222 mm.
Leaf size: 305 x 212 mm.
Annotations: 19th-century prices in pencil on front free endpaper “3£. 3s” and “42/-”;  unread inscription in ink on front pastedown (possibly a price “2 daler [...]”;  number “43/3” in pencil in a 19th-century hand on a2r.
Decoration: Water-colour decoration in red, yellow, green and brown added to the woodcut initial “P”, marginal woodcut diagrams, and lower part of woodcut border on a2r.
Imperfections: None.

Hand coloured woodcut diagrams in Euclides: Elementa geometriae