Dialogus creaturarum moralisatus.

Cologne: Conrad Winters, de Homborch, 24 Oct. 1481.
Fol. [1-88].  [64] leaves (1/1, 8/8 blank).
ISTC id00159200;  GW M22259;  Goff N153;  BMC I 249 (IB. 4045);  Bod-inc D-044;  CIBN D-85;  BSB-Ink M-292.

Ascribed to Nicolaus Pergamenus on the basis of Paris BN MS. lat 8512, and to the Milanese doctor Mayno de Mayneriis (Magninus Mediolanensis) on the basis of a MS. at Cremona C, supported by local references in the text (Pio Rajna, 'Intorno al cosiddetto Dialogus creaturarum ed al suo autore', in Giornale storico della letteratura italiana, 10 (1887), pp. 75-113).

Two copies held by the University of Glasgow.

Copy 1

GIP number: D6/1
Shelf-mark: Sp Coll S.M. 1984 (see main library entry for this item)
Variant: 8/7v (f. 63v) col. 2, line 3:  "... exſipens ...” as in BMC, not “... expenſis ...” as in Polain(B) 1265.
Note: 1/7 misbound between quires 7 and 8.
Provenance: Sir William Stirling Maxwell (1818-1878), 9th baronet, art historian and collector:  armorial bookplate on front pastedown and book-label "Emblems Keir" on rear pastedown;  Stirling Maxwell's shelfmark "27B" on rear pastedown and another Stirling Maxwell shelfmark "ll 1" in pencil on front free endpaper.
Sir John Stirling Maxwell (1866-1956), 10th baronet, Sir William’s son:  bequeathed a portion of the Stirling Maxwell library to the University of Glasgow Library in 1956 (received in 1958).
Binding: England, 19th-century speckled calf;  covers decorated with a triple gold-fillet border;  gold-tooled spine;  marbled endpapers;  gilt-edged leaves;  Stirling Maxwell's armorial stamp in blind on front cover, his monogram in blind on rear cover;  binder's stamp “Bound by F. & T. Aitken”.  Size: 276 x 197 mm.
Leaf size: 268 x 185 mm.
Annotations: Very occasional early nota marks and occasional early marginal annotations (some cropped);  pencil annotations "Perfect", price "£1-15-0" and number "309" on front free endpaper.
Decoration: Five-line initial "S" supplied in red pen-work on 1/7v;  other initials, paragraph marks, capital strokes supplied in red.
Imperfections: Wanting the blank leaves 1/1 and 8/8.

Armorial bookplate in Dialogus creaturarum moralisatus

Copy 2

GIP number: D6/2
Shelf-mark: Sp Coll BD9-d.13 (see main library entry for this item)
Variant: 8/7v (f.63v) col. 2, line 3:  “... expenſis ...” as in Polain(B) 1265, not “... exſipens ...” as in BMC.
Provenance: Thomas Thorpe (1791-1851), bookseller, London:  pencil note on front pastedown "Thorpe £4-4-0".
Henry Charles Langbridge (fl. 1828-1852), bookseller, Birmingham:  vendor.
Maurice Ogle & Son, booksellers, Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow (1832-1871):  agent?
William Euing (1788-1874), insurance broker, Glasgow:  purchased 4 Sept. 1844 (from Langbridge via Ogle?);  Euing's pencil acquisition notes on front pastedown "4.9/44" and "ca/-Langbridge/Ogle" together with his early inventory number "9".
University of Glasgow:  presented by Euing in 1872 according to one of two University Library bookplates on front pastedown.
Binding: 19th-century brown calf;  covers decorated with a double gold-fillet border;  sprinkled red-edged leaves.  Size:  292 x 211 mm.
Leaf size: 287 x 202 mm.
Annotations: Traces of early manuscript signatures in red ink;  19th-century pencil notes on front pastedown referring to Longman's Catalogue (1882), no. 105 and Colonel Stanley's sale (1813), lot 443 (the Gouda, Gerard Leeu, 1480 edition);  19th-century pencil price code on rear pastedown "r£r/z";  traces of an erased inscription on front free endpaper.
Decoration: Initials supplied in alternate blue and red, some with reserved white;  paragraph marks supplied in red or blue;  capital strokes in red;  chapter headings underlined in red.
Imperfections: Wanting the blank leaves 1/1 and 8/8.

Manuscript initial in Dialogus creaturarum moralisatus