Chronicles of England [English].
St. Albans: Schoolmaster Printer, [ca. 1486]
Fol. π8 a8 b-z8 ⁊8 ↄ8 A-I8 K10.  leaves (π1, a1, K10 blank).
In the preliminary quire the second, third and fourth leaves are signed 'a', 'b', 'c'.
On the date, see BMC.
ISTC ic00479000; GW 6672; Goff C479; BMC XI 303 (IB. 55708); Bod-inc C-196; Duff 101.
|Shelf-mark:||Sp Coll Hunterian Bv.2.17 (see main library entry for this item)|
|Variants:||π2r, line 1: ‘(red)H(black)Er ...’ not as BMC and GW ‘(red)H(black)Ere ...’; π2r, line 4: ‘... ſhoꝛli ...’ not as BMC ‘... shortli ...’; a3v, line 21: ‘... And fro crist wos boꝛne. vn to’ not as BMC ‘... And fro crist was borne. vn to’; b6v, line 30: ‘... namd albiō ...’ not as BMC ‘... namdalbiō ...’; b7r, line 1: ‘(red)I(black)N ...’ not as BMC ‘(red)I(black)n ...’; B7r, line 2: ‘... wos called ...’ not as BMC ‘... was called ...’|
|Note:||3 cm wide stub between a7 and a8.|
|Provenance:||Thomas Lewkenor (16th century): inscription with cropped surname “Thomas Lewkenor(?)” on i3r.
John Ratcliffe (1707-1776), book collector: lot 1394 in Bibliotheca Ratcliffiana (1776).
William Hunter (1718-1783), physician and anatomist: purchased by Hunter for £7.7.0 at the Ratcliffe sale according to the annotated British Library copy of the Ratcliffe sale catalogue (shelfmark 822.d.6).
University of Glasgow: Hunterian bequest, 1807; Hunterian Museum label on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “Ab.9.16”.
|Binding:||England, 18th-century gold-tooled red goatskin; covers have a single fillet border together with corner-pieces made-up of a floral tool, separate stars, and an unidentified tool of a ducal coronet above an encircled inverted dolphin - a binder’s ornament (rather than armorial stamp indicating ownership), which appears in various guises on mainly French but also on English bindings (ex inf. Philip Oldfield 7 Sept. 2013); gold-tooled spine; dark green-edged leaves; front free endpaper and second flyleaf have a fleur-de-lys watermark. Size: 269 x 210 mm.|
|Leaf size:||262 x 199 mm.|
|Annotations:||Very occasional marginal annotations in English in a 15th/16th-century hand e.g. on the date of the battle of Agincourt on G2v; frequent marginal annotations throughout in English in various 17th and early 18th-century hands with some paraphrasing of text and responses to text; the title of “Pope”, which appears frequently in the text, is deleted in black ink almost throughout; a passage of nine and a half lines on o6v relating to the legendary female Pope Joan is scored through - though a later owner has reinstated the censored lines in the outer margin; 16th-century pen trial on K8v “Rygth Trusty And Wylbelouyd mayst[ter] I gave no”; possible early ownership inscription (partially deleted and cropped) in upper margin of π2r.|
|Imperfections:||Wanting the three blank leaves π1, a1 (stub visible), and K10; also wanting K9 (containing the explicit, colophon, and printer’s device) - explicit and colophon supplied in manuscript on a rear flyleaf bearing a Pro Patria watermark; outer margin of π2 damaged and repaired, with slight loss of text.|