Dialogus creaturarum moralisatus.

With title:  Destructorium vitiorum ex similitudinem creaturarum exemplorum.

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

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).

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 morocco, blind ownership stamps of Sir William Stirling Maxwell on both covers (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 Latin 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.