Cornelius Nepos: Vitae imperatorum, sive De vita illustrium virorum.
Venice: Nicolaus Jenson, 8 Mar. 1471.
4to. [1-610.8].  leaves (1/1, 6/8 blank).
With illuminated woodcut borders and initials; see F.R. Goff, ‘Illuminated woodcut borders and initials in early Venetian books (1469-1475)’, Gutenberg Jahrbuch (1962) pp. 380-389.
ISTC ic00915000; GW M25944; Goff C915; BMC V 167 (IB. 19620); Bod-inc C-460; CIBN C-587; BSB-Ink N-14.
For a note on the text, see CIBN C-587.
Two copies held by the University of Glasgow.
|Shelf-mark:||Sp Coll BD9-d.10 (see main library entry for this item)|
|Note:||Printer's pin-holes visible.|
|Provenance:||Strozzi family of Florence (15th-16th century): painted coat of arms on 1/2r (see Decoration).
William Euing (1788-1874), insurance broker, Glasgow: source unknown; bibliographical note by Euing tipped onto front free endpaper; his inventory number "15" in pencil also on front free endpaper.
University of Glasgow: Euing bequest, 1874.
|Binding:||19th-century calf; covers decorated with a blind-tooled border; gilt spine title; brown endpapers; gilt-edged leaves. Size: 287 x 197 mm.|
|Leaf size:||282 x 190 mm.|
|Annotations:||Evidence of frequent early marginal annotations in red ink, all heavily erased; manuscript index in a humanist hand on the recto of the first blank leaf with names in black ink and chapter references in red; leaves foliated “1” - “53” in ink in an 18th-century(?) hand (entirely or partially cropped by binder in the early quires); on the verso of the front free endpaper an annotation “v.2 Dibdin’s Spenceriana (182) - for a full Description of this rare and estimable Production of Jenson’s Press” signed “I.H.” and continuing “The first Edition with a Date £11.11.0d (value) says the Bibliog. Dictionary - vol. 3. 56”, below which is a note of the supplier and price - presumably of the above copy - “Thorpe 6.6.0”; frequent 19th-century marginal annotations in pencil in the same hand.|
|Decoration:||On 1/2r a six-line woodcut initial “N” is decorated in silver (now oxidized) and embellished with white-vine decoration defined in blue and green and with a pattern of white dots; the initial is set on a square purple ground with a pattern of white dots; similarly decorated woodcut borders at top and bottom of the same page; the lower border incorporates a reserved white shield with the arms in brown ink of the Strozzi family of Florence (three increscents on a fess); the same page has an inner border of two vertical lines painted in red and in (oxidized) silver and an outer border of a band of green laurel leaves. Similarly decorated woodcut initials in (oxidized) silver on a square blue ground at the beginning of each Vita.|
|Imperfections:||Wanting the blank leaf 6/8.|
|Shelf-mark:||Sp Coll Hunterian Be.3.2 (see main library entry for this item)|
|Note:||This copy does not have woodcut borders and initials.|
|Note:||Printer's pin-holes visible.|
|Provenance:||William Hunter (1718-1783), physician and anatomist: source unknown.
University of Glasgow: Hunterian bequest 1807; Hunterian Museum bookplate on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “Au.5.14”.
|Binding:||18th-century diced russia; covers decorated with a single gold-fillet border; gold-tooled spine; marbled endpapers; sprinkled red and green-edged leaves. Size: 285 x 203 mm.|
|Leaf size:||278 x 196 mm.|
|Annotations:||Frequent marginal annotations in more than one humanist hand - mostly in black ink, occasionally in red (the annotations in quire 1 are heavily washed but mainly legible); frequent interlinear corrections or additions; occasional faintly printed letters strengthened by hand in ink; early ink foliation “1” - “51” in top right-hand corner of recto leaves (2/5 i.e. f. 15 overlooked); 18th-century price “2-2-” in pencil on front flyleaf.|
|Imperfections:||Wanting the blank leaves 1/1 and 6/8.|