Dialogus creaturarum moralisatus.

Antwerp:  Gerard Leeu, 11 Dec. 1486.
Fol. A6 a-k6 l8.  [74] leaves (A1, l8 blank).
Woodcuts (122), from blocks used originally in Leeu's Gouda edition of 1480 (Goff N151);  woodcut initials;  woodcut printer’s device.
ISTC id00159400;  GW M22251;  Goff N155;  BMC IX 188 (IB. 49753);  CIBN D-87.

Ascribed to Nicolaus Pergamenus on the basis of Paris BnF MS. lat. 8512, and to the Milanese doctor Mayno de Mayneriis (Magninus Mediolanensis) on the basis of a MS. at Cremona, 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), 75-113). 

GIP number: D7
Shelf-mark: Sp Coll S.M. 1985 (see main library entry for this item)
Provenance: Sir William Stirling Maxwell, 9th baronet, (1818-1878), art historian and collector:  armorial bookplate with mottoes on front pastedown;  book label on rear pastedown;  armorial stamp with monogram of Sir William Stirling Maxwell added in blind to front cover and his monogram and mottoes “Gang forward” and “I am ready” added to rear cover;  Stirling Maxwell shelf-mark "ll.1" in pencil on verso of front free endpaper.
University of Glasgow:  Sir John Stirling Maxwell, 10th baronet, (1866-1956), 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 brown goatskin;  armorial stamp with monogram of Sir William Stirling Maxwell in blind on both covers (see Provenance);  gold-tooled spine;  all edges gilt;  gilt turn-ins;  dark green endpapers;  binder’s stamp “J. Leighton, Brewer St” on verso of front free endpaper.  Size:  285 x 204 mm.
Leaf size: 278 x 190 mm.
Annotations: 19th-century title in ink on A1r;  19th-century manuscript note extracted from British Museum catalogue tipped-in at front.
Decoration: Initials supplied in red or washed-out blue/green throughout;  capital strokes, paragraph marks and underlining supplied in red throughout;  woodcut initial “S” on a1r and a few woodcuts lightly decorated with red pen-work.
Imperfections: Wanting the blank leaf l8.


Page of text with woodcut illustration from 'Dialogus creaturarum moralisatus'. Sp Coll S.M. 1985.