Cicero, Marcus Tullius: Orationes.

Edited by Ludovicus Carbo.

Venice: Christophorus Valdarfer, [not after 9 Nov.] 1471.
Fol.  [12 2-610 78+1 8-1110 128 13-1510 1612 (-16/10, a blank cf. Bod-inc) 17-1810 198 20-2810 298].   [276] leaves (1/1 blank).
ISTC ic00542000;  GW 6765;  Goff C542;  BMC V 183 (IB. 19768);  Bod-inc C-242;  CIBN C-426.

GIP number: C55
Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian Bf.3.19 (see main library entry for this item)
Variant: Without the woodcut border and initial present in some copies on 2/1r (f. 3r).
Note: Printer's pin-holes visible.
Note: 7/3 (f. 55) misbound between 12/1 (f. 102) and 12/2 (f. 103).  Stub showing between 7/5 and 7/6.  16/3 (f. 142) misbound as the fourth leaf in quire 7.  The excised leaf 16/10 is a blank (intact in the Bod-inc copy.)  Quire 19 misbound between quires 12 and 13.
Provenance: Louis-Léon-Félicité, duc de Brancas de Lauraguais (1733-1824):  lot 229 in Guillaume de Bure, Catalogue d’une collection de livres choisis, provenans du cabinet de M*** (Paris: 1770).
William Hunter (1718-1783), physician and anatomist:  purchased by Hunter at the Brancas de Lauraguais sale through his agent, Peter Molini, for 91 livres;  see Molini’s bill to Hunter (University of Glasgow Library, Hunter Papers, H214).
University of Glasgow:  Hunterian bequest, 1807;  Hunterian Museum bookplate on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “Au.5.8”.
Binding: France, 18th-century gold-tooled blue goatskin;  covers have a double-fillet border and a centre panel formed by a triple fillet and a floral roll, with an ornament at each outer corner;  gold-tooled spine with red leather title label;  marbled endpapers.  Size: 302 x 212 mm.
Leaf size: 291 x 202 mm.
Annotations: Occasional marginal annotations in a humanist hand, mainly extracting keywords and often heavily washed out;  very occasional nota marks;  ‘No 629’ in an 18th-century hand on front free endpaper (the same hand has written ‘No 386’ in Lucius Coelius Firmianus Lactantius, Opera. Rome: Sweynheym and Pannartz, 1468 (Bf.1.15, L1/2) and ‘No 165’ in Paulus de Sancta Maria, Scrutinium scripturarum. Mainz: Peter Schoeffer, 7 Jan. 1478 (Be.3.22, P8/2);  18th-century price in livres ‘207: 0: 0’ written below an erased price on front flyleaf.
Decoration: A ten-line illuminated initial “Q” on 2/1r (f. 3r) - together with a portion of the text at its right - has been excised and later replaced with an inserted piece of paper containing a representation of the missing illumination and a manuscript copy of the missing text; marginal floral decoration extending from the lost initial into the inner and upper margins remains intact; other principal initials supplied in red; the space for a six-line initial “Q” on 18/8v (f. 168v) is filled with a pen-and-ink drawing of a man with a staff, wearing breeches and a feathered hat; the space for a six-line initial “H” on 21/1r (f. 189r) is filled with a pen-and-ink drawing of two women holding a garment or piece of cloth.
Imperfections: Wanting the preliminary quire 1.

Excised and replaced decoration in Cicero, Marcus Tullius: Orationes