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].   [91] 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).


Incipit title from Dante Alighieri: La Commedia