Cicero, Marcus Tullius: De oratore.

[Venice:  Vindelinus de Spira, ca. 1470]
4to.   [18 26 310 4-138 146].   [110] leaves (1/1, 14/6 blank).
ISTC ic00657000;  GW 6745;  Goff C657;  BMC V 155 (IB. 19572);  Bod-inc C-229;  CIBN C-440;  BSB-Ink C-317.

GIP number: C49
Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian Bg.2.9 (see main library entry for this item)
Variant: 1/2r, lines 1-2:  “... In Libros De || Oratore ...”, not as BMC and GW “... In Libros De Ora=||tore ...”
Note: Bifolium 3/1.10 misbound as the middle sheet of quire 2.
Note: Printer's pin-holes visible.
Provenance: Louis Jean Gaignat (1697-1768), Secretary to King Louis XV:  Gaignat sale, 1769;  lot 1470  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 49 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.7.24”.
Binding: France, 18th-century red goatskin;  covers decorated with a triple gold-fillet border;  gold-tooled spine;  marbled endpapers;  gilt-edged leaves;  fleur-de-lys watermark on front flyleaf and countermark “I V” on rear flyleaf.   Size:  281 x 200 mm.
Leaf size: 273 x 191 mm. 
Annotations: Frequent marginal annotations (mainly extracting keywords) in capital letters in a humanist hand, all heavily washed out;  18th-century shelfmark(?) “b9(?)” in pencil on rear free endpaper;  number “1025” in ink in an 18th-century hand on front free endpaper. 
Decoration: Seven-line initial “C” on 1/2r supplied in gold on a square ground of white-vine decoration defined in blue, crimson and green with white-dot embellishment;  also on 1/2r is a lower border of similar decoration edged with gold and red which contains at its centre a green laurel wreath (left blank for a coat of arms);  the upper and inner borders of 1/2r are composed of alternate bands of green and purple laurel leaves also with gold and red edging;  six-line initial “C” on 1/4v and six-line initial “M” on 5/2r (f. 34r) supplied in gold on a blue, green and crimson square ground embellished with white-dot decoration;  six-line initial “I” on 10/8r (f. 80r) supplied in gold on a rectangular blue ground with white-dot decoration.
Imperfections: Wanting the blank leaves 1/1 and 14/6. 

Decorated and illuminated page in Cicero, Marcus Tullius: De oratore