Dialogus creaturarum moralisatus.

With title:  Destructorium vitiorum ex similitudinem creaturarum exemplorum.

[Geneva]:  Jean Belot, 1500.
Fol. a-k6 l4 m6.  [70] leaves (m6 blank).
Woodcuts;  woodcut initials;  woodcut printer's device.
ISTC id00159500;  GW M22256;  Goff N157;  Bod-inc D-048;  Lökkös(Cat BPU) 171;  CIBN D-88.

This edition has title Destructorium vitiorum, not to be confused with the work of that title by Alexander Carpentarius.

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: D8
Shelf-mark: Sp Coll S.M. 1986 (see main library entry for this item)
Provenance: Sir William Stirling Maxwell, 9th baronet, (1818-1878), art historian and collector:  armorial bookplate printed in blue on front pastedown;  book label printed in red on rear pastedown “Emblems Keir”;  Stirling Maxwell’s armorial stamp with mottoes “Gang forward” and “I am ready” added in blind  to front cover;  his monogram and same mottoes added in blind to rear cover;  Stirling Maxwell’s shelfmark “27B” on rear pastedown and another Stirling Maxwell shelfmark “ll1” on front pastedown.
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 dark blue goatskin;  Stirling Maxwell's armorial stamp in blind on front cover, his monogram in blind on rear cover (see Provenance);  gilt spine title;  gilt-edged leaves;  gilt turn-ins;  light blue endpapers.  Size:  278 x 190 mm.
Leaf size: 271 x 179 mm.
Annotations: On c5v a brief marginal note in a 16th-century hand referring to the story of Reuben bringing mandrakes to his mother, Leah (Genesis, ch. 30);  occasional underlining;  Sir William Stirling Maxwell’s note on the woodcut initials tipped-in at front.
Decoration: None.
Imperfections: Wanting the blank leaf m6.


Page of text with woodcut illustration and initial from 'Dialogus creaturarum moralisatus'. Sp Coll S. M. 1986.