Cicero, Marcus Tullius: De finibus bonorum et malorum.

Venice:  Filippo di Pietro, 6 Nov. 1480.
Fol.   a10 b-h8 i-k6.   [78] leaves, the first blank.
ISTC ic00566000;  Goff C566;  BMC V 222;  Bod-inc C-290;  GW 6887.

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian Bx.2.17 (see main library entry for this item)
Provenance: Achacius Haiswasser/Heisswasser , of Landau, priest in Ellwangen, Württemberg (d. 1516):  inscription on a2r “Hu[n]c libru[m] legauit n[ost]ro co[n]ue[n]tui V[e]n[erabi]l[is] d[omi]n[us] achaci[us] haiswasser artiu[m] m[a]g[iste]r ac sacre theolo[gi]e bacc[a]l[aureus] format[us] predicator in elwang Anno r[edemptor]is 1.5.16.”;  bequeathed books to the Franciscans at Ingolstadt - cf. Needham IPI.
Ingolstadt, Bavaria, Franciscans, S. Maria assumpta (founded 1275, dissolved 1802):  see above.
Edward Harley (1689-1741), Lord Harley;  from 1724 2nd Earl of Oxford:  see Binding.
Thomas Osborne (d. 1767), bookseller:  purchased all the Harleian printed books;  no. 5054 in his 'Catalogus bibliothecae Harleianae', vol. 1 (London:  1743);  Osborne’s price in pencil on a1r “£1-1-.”
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.3.9”.
Binding: England, 18th-century gold-tooled red morocco;  bound for Lord Harley by Christopher Chapman.   On both covers triple fillets form two concentric frames:  within the outer frame is a floral roll (Nixon, ‘Harleian bindings’, pl. 13), and within the inner frame is an ornamental roll (Nixon, ‘Harleian bindings’, pl. 14, Chapman roll 1);  both covers have a lozenge-shaped centre-piece, made up of several individual tools (including Nixon, ‘Harleian bindings’, pl. 15, Chapman nos 1a, 1b, 5, and 16).   The head and foot of the spine are decorated with Chapman roll 2 (Nixon, ‘Harleian bindings’, pl. 14), and the spine compartments are decorated with Nixon, ‘Harleian bindings’, pl. 15, Chapman nos 8 and 16;  the turn-ins are decorated with Chapman roll 2;  marbled endpapers;  scrap of paper preserved in separate envelope with spine lettering instructions to binder:  CICERO DE FINIBUS. VENET. 1480.   Size:  300 x 205 mm.
Leaf size: 292 x 198 mm.
Annotations: Frequent marginal annotations in red ink in a 15th/16th-century hand;  frequent underlining and “nota” marks in red ink;  running headings “Liber I” to “Liber V” supplied in red ink in an early hand;  possible shelfmark in ink on a2r “L” over “45”.
Decoration: Opening initial of each book supplied in red and blue with reserved white;  capital strokes and paragraph marks supplied in red throughout.
Imperfections: Wanting the blank leaf a1.

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