Diogenes Laertius: Vitae et sententiae philosophorum.
Translated by Ambrosius Traversarius. Edited by Benedictus Brognolus.
Venice: Nicolaus Jenson, 14 Aug. 1475.
Fol. [112 (-1/11) 210 3-228 236].  leaves (1/11, 23/6 blank).
ISTC id00220000; GW 8379; Goff D220; BMC V 175 (IB. 19685); Bod-inc D-077; CIBN D-133; BSB-Ink D-156.
In the British Library copy, leaf 11, which should be cut away, is left as a blank interrupting the text.
Two copies held by University of Glasgow.
|Shelf-mark:||Sp Coll Hunterian Bx.2.18 (see main library entry for this item)|
|Variants:||1/3r, lines 1, 2: “... medicū || epiſtola.” not as BMC and GW “... medi-||cem epiſtola.”; 1/4r, line 4 reads “Tabula per ordinem litterarum alphabeti” followed by an alphabetical index as in Bod-inc and GW Anm., not “Tabula ſecundum ordinem librorum” as GW's main transcription and BMC.|
|Provenance:||Petershausen, near Konstanz, Benedictines, S. Gregorius Magnus: woodcut armorial stamp “Monasterii Petridom[us]” on 1/1v; painted coat of arms of the monastery on 1/2v with date 1521; painted coat of arms on lower edge of text block; inscription on 23/5v (f. 186v) “Ad mo[na]steriu[m] Petri dom[us]” (below which is a deleted inscription).
Edward Harley (1689-1741), Lord Harley; from 1724 2nd Earl of Oxford: from evidence of binding.
Thomas Osborne (d. 1767), bookseller: purchased all the Harleian printed books; no. 5448 in his Catalogus bibliothecae Harleianae, vol. 1 (London: 1743) and no. 1931 in his Catalogus bibliothecae Harleianae, vol. 3 (London: 1744); Osborne’s price “1-11-6” faintly written in pencil on first front flyleaf.
Anthony Askew (1722-1774), physician and classical scholar: Askew sale, 1775; lot 1415 in Bibliotheca Askeviana ... (London: Baker & Leigh, 1775).
William Hunter (1718-1783), physician and anatomist: purchased by Hunter for £6.6.0 according to the annotated copy of the Askew sale catalogue in Cambridge University Library; price confirmed in the partially annotated copy of the sale catalogue in Glasgow University Library (shelfmark Mu36-c.8).
University of Glasgow: Hunterian bequest 1807; Hunterian Museum bookplate on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “Ak.4.6”.
|Binding:||England, 18th-century gold-tooled red goatskin, bound for Lord Harley by Christopher Chapman. On both covers triple fillets form two concentric frames: within the outer frame is an ornamental roll (Nixon, ‘Harleian bindings’, pl. 14, Chapman roll 3), and within the inner frame is a flower and fleur-de-lys roll (Nixon, ‘Harleian bindings’, pl. 14, Chapman roll 1). The head and tail of the spine are decorated with Nixon, ‘Harleian bindings’, pl. 14, Chapman roll 2, and the spine compartments are decorated with individual tools including Nixon, ‘Harleian bindings’, pl. 15, Chapman nos 9 and 16; the edges and turn-ins are decorated with Chapman roll 2; marbled endpapers. Repaired and rebacked by Douglas Cockerell & Son, Jan. 1958 (with binder’s note tipped-onto rear pastedown); original spine covering put back. Size: 300 x 212 mm. Note: a second Harleian copy was bound for Lord Harley in 1717, by Jane Steel, for £0.15.0 (see Nixon, 'Harleian bindings', pp. 162, 191).|
|Leaf size:||286 x 195 mm.|
|Annotations:||Frequent marginal annotations, underlining and nota marks in 16th-century hands; occasional manicules; early running book numbers ‘1-10’ on rectos; 18th-century numbering or code in pencil resembling ‘IIIIij’ on first front flyleaf; a similar code appears in three other Hunterian incunables with a Harleian provenance: Bh.2.16 (P85/1), Bx.2.1 (A105) & Bw.2.3 (C38).|
|Decoration:||Painted coat of arms on 1/2v (see Provenance).|
|Shelf-mark:||Sp Coll BD7-d.20 (see main library entry for this item)|
|Provenance:||Augustus Frederick (1773-1843), Duke of Sussex: armorial bookplate on front pastedown with handwritten shelfmark in ink “VIII F.e.1” (shelfmark repeated in ink on verso of front free endpaper); lot 886 in Catalogue of the ... library of ... the late Duke of Sussex, part IV (1845); sold for £0.18.0 according to the annotated copy of the sale catalogue in University of Glasgow Library (shelfmark BD17-e.15).
William Euing (1788-1874), insurance broker, Glasgow: source unknown - perhaps bought at the Sussex sale; an early Euing inventory number “2” in pencil on verso of front free endpaper; on 1/1r a note “1st edit. very rare” in black ink followed by unread initials in crimson ink.
University of Glasgow: presented by Euing in 1872 according to University Library bookplate on front pastedown.
|Binding:||England, 19th-century blind-tooled brown calf; covers decorated with a border of triple fillets and a Greek-key roll, and with a geometric-shaped centre panel with sixteen sides; violet-coloured endpapers; gilt-edged leaves (gauffered); beige silk bookmark. Size: 289 x 205 mm.|
|Leaf size:||277 x 195 mm.|
|Annotations:||Occasional marginal annotations in a 16th-century hand (with the life of Aristotle more fully annotated in Latin and in Greek); occasional nota marks and underlining; names of some philosophers appear as a running heading on some recto leaves; very occasional evidence of early signatures; 19th-century price code “do/” in pencil on verso of front free endpaper.|
|Imperfections:||Wanting 1/3-4, 1/9-10, and the blank leaf 23/6.|