Crescentiis, Petrus de: Ruralia commoda.

Louvain:  Johannes de Westfalia, 9 Dec. 1474.
Fol.   [1-910 1012 11-1910 206].   [198] leaves (1/1, 20/6 blank).
ISTC ic00966000;  GW 7821;  Goff C966;  BMC IX 137 (IB. 49111);  Bod-inc C-478;  CIBN C-668;  BSB-Ink C-696.

GIP number: C87
Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian Bw.2.17 (see main library entry for this item)
Note: Printer's pin-holes visible.
Note: Bifolium 3/4.5 misbound as the outer leaves of quire 2.
Provenance: Unidentified 16th-century English(?) owner:  heavily washed-out and partially deleted 16th-century ownership inscription in lower margin of 1/2r:  (under ultraviolet light) “Anno d[omi]ni 1560 inductus fui in vicariam de Regati [i.e. Reigate in Surrey?]” with an unread heavily washed-out inscription in the upper margin, perhaps in the same hand;  a similar ownership inscription (also washed-out and partially deleted) on 20/5v (f. 197v) "[...] liber [...] vicarij de Regati Anno d[omi]ni 1565".
Louis-Jean Gaignat (1697-1768), Secretary to King Louis XV:  Gaignat sale, 1769;  lot 1035 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 73 livres 13 sous;  see Dessain-Hunter correspondence (University of Glasgow Library, MS Gen 36, f. 24r).
University of Glasgow:  Hunterian bequest, 1807;  Hunterian Museum bookplate and book label on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “Aa.b.3”.
Binding: France, 18th-century blue goatskin;  covers decorated with a triple gold-fillet border, a small gold fleuron at each corner;  gold-tooled spine;  marbled endpapers;  gilt-edged leaves;  pink silk bookmark.   Size:  286 x 215 mm.
Leaf size: 276 x 200 mm.
Annotations: Frequent marginal annotations in Latin in 16th-century hands;  in book 6 many of the printed Latin names for plants have their English equivalent added in a 16th-century hand;  on 10/12v (f. 102v) in a 15th/16th-century hand are written the first two verses of the Christmas hymn “Psallimus cantantes Domino nova cantica dantes”;  large manicule on 13/2v (f. 124v);  partially deleted and washed-out inscriptions on 20/5v (f. 197v);  running book numbers “1”-“9”, “x”, “xj”;  evidence of early signatures.
Decoration: Initials supplied in blue throughout with manuscript guide-letters visible in brown ink, except on 1/2 and on 20/2-5 (ff. 2 and 194-197) where there are faint traces of initials supplied in red.
Imperfections: Wanting the blank leaves 1/1 and 20/6.

Manuscript annotations in Crescentiis, Petrus de: Ruralia commoda