Dante Alighieri: La Commedia.

Mantua:  Georgius de Augusta and Paulus de Butzbach, for Columbinus Veronensis, 1472.
Fol. [112 2-68 710 8-108 116].  [92] leaves (1/12 blank).
ISTC id00023000;  GW 7959;  Goff D23;  BMC VII 928 (IB. 30613);  CIBN D-9.

GIP number: D1
Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian Bf.1.5 (see main library entry for this item)
Provenance: Louis Jean Gaignat (1697-1768), Secretary to King Louis XV:  Gaignat sale, 1769;  lot 1970 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 230 livres 1 sou;  see Dessain-Hunter correspondence (University of Glasgow Library, MS Gen. 36, f. 25r).
University of Glasgow:  Hunterian bequest, 1807;  Hunterian Museum bookplate on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “Al.2.4”.
Binding: France, 18th-century blue goatskin;  covers decorated with a triple gold-fillet border, a gold fleuron at each corner;  gold-tooled spine;  gilt-edged leaves;  marbled endpapers;  flyleaves have watermark "MGIS FIN".  Size:  345 x 238 mm.
Leaf size: 329 x 230 mm.
Annotations: Occasional early marginal annotations, but so washed out as to be illegible.  Pencil note (by T.F. Dibdin?) on front free endpaper “Very rare before Ld Sp[ence]r saw it he thought his own copy had been the only one in Britain”.
Decoration: Initials supplied in red throughout (many faded);  large initial “N” at beginning of text of Inferno left blank;  text in two columns, each column enclosed within red ink rules throughout.
Imperfections: Wanting bifolium 1/1.12.


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