Dante Alighieri: La Commedia.
Mantua: Georgius de Augusta and Paulus de Butzbach, for Columbinus Veronensis, 1472.
Fol. [112 (-1/12) 2-68 710 8-108 116].  leaves (1/12, a blank, excised).
ISTC id00023000; Goff D23; BMC VII 928; GW 7959.
|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 morocco decorated with triple gold fillets, a gold fleuron at each corner; gold-tooled spine; gilt-edged leaves; marbled endpapers. 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 the first leaf (1/1).|