Biblia latina.

Edited by Johannes Andreas de Bussis, bishop of Aleria. Add: [Pseudo-] Aristeas: Ad Philocratem de lxx interpretibus; translated by Matthias Palmerius.

Nuremberg: Johann Sensenschmidt and Andreas Frisner, 9 Dec. 1475.
Fol. [18 2-1910 20-2112 22-4110 42-438 44-4610]. [458] leaves.
Woodcut printer’s device in red.
Four-line initials printed in red; spaces left for larger initials.
ISTC ib00544000; Goff B544; BMC II 407; Bod-inc B-253; GW 4219.

Two copies held by the University of Glasgow

Copy 1

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Euing Dn-b.7, 8 (see main library entry for this item)
Note: A paper strip with two additional lines of printed text is pasted onto the lower margin after the final line of col. 2 of 28/10v (f. 282v) - presumably in the printing office.
Note: Leaves 4/8, 33/2, and 33/10 (ff. 36, 324, and 332) are of lesser width and have had their outer margins extended by the addition of a pasted-on strip of paper - probably in the printing office.
Note: 46/10 (f. 458) mounted.
Note: Bound in two volumes, divided after the Psalter.
Provenance: Krupka, Bohemia, Jesuit convent: inscription “Residentiae Grupnensis Societatis Iesu” on 1/1r.
Prague, Royal Academy Library: circular book stamp “REGIAE: BIBLIOTH: ACAD: PRAGEN:” on 1/1v and on 2/1v (f. 9v).
William Euing (1788-1874), insurance broker, Glasgow: source unknown; purchased by Euing 6 July 1844 according to his pencil acquisition date “6. 7. 44” on 1/1r; Euing’s pencil shelfmarks “XIV-a-8” and “XIV-a-9” with his early inventory number “No 1” on front pastedowns.
University of Glasgow: Euing bequest, 1874.
Binding: Scotland, 19th-century blind-tooled dark brown calf;  top edges gilt;  brown silk bookmarks;  binder’s ticket “Bound by Carss & Coy. Glasgow” on front pastedowns;  no evidence preserved of earlier bindings or endpapers.   Size:  478 x 335 mm.
Leaf size: 463 x 326 mm.
Annotations: Early signatures (some cropped);  after the final word “Finis” printed in red on 46/10r (f. 458r) the words “hui[us] op[er]is deo gratias:” have been added in red ink (by the rubricator?).
Decoration: On 1/1r the centre margin is decorated with a slender grey stem, from which foliate decoration in grey, red, green and dull yellow extends into the upper and lower margins; 1/2r is similarly decorated; on 2/1r (f. 9r) an eleven-line initial “F” is supplied in shades of green to resemble foliage and is set on a square ground of dull yellow with purple and grey borders, from which foliate decoration extends into the inner margin; on the same page the centre margin contains a slender grey stem from which foliate and floral decoration in red, grey, purple, green and dull yellow extends into the upper and lower margins, and in the outer margin is a banderole in red and purple in the shape of a letter "G" containing Hebrew characters in white whose meaning is unclear; on 38/8r (f. 380r) is a preliminary pencil sketch for marginal foliate and floral decoration; principal initials at the beginning of each book of the Bible are supplied in red and reserved white, generally with marginal flourishes; capital strokes and paragraph marks supplied in red throughout. See N.R. Thorp, 'Glory of the page', no. 95.
Imperfections: None. 

Foliate border decoration in Biblia

Copy 2

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian Bv.1.10, 11 (see main library entry for this item)
Note: A paper strip with two additional lines of printed text is pasted onto the lower margin after the final line of col. 2 of 28/10v (f. 282v) - presumably in the printing office.
Note: Leaves 4/8, 33/9, and 33/10 (ff. 36, 331, and 332) are of lesser width and have had their outer margins extended by the addition of a pasted-on strip of paper - probably in the printing office.
Note: Bound in two volumes, divided after the Psalter.
Provenance: Louis Jean Gaignat (1697-1768), Secretary to King Louis XV: Gaignat sale, 1769; lot 23 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 129 livres 1 sou; see 'Dessain-Hunter correspondence' (University of Glasgow Library, MS Gen. 36, f. 23r).
University of Glasgow: Hunterian bequest, 1807; Hunterian Museum bookplates on front pastedowns, with former shelfmarks “Ad.2.5” and “Ad.2.6”.
Binding: France, 18th-century red morocco decorated with triple gold fillets, a small gold fleuron at each corner; gold-tooled spines; marbled endpapers; gilt-edged leaves with marbled underlay; blue silk bookmarks; flyleaves have bunch of grapes watermark and countermark “L G”. Size: 469 x 328 mm.
Leaf size: 454 x 312 mm.
Annotations: None.
Decoration: On 2/1r (f. 9r) an eleven-line initial “F”, which is supplied in pale pink with white tracery, is set on a square gold ground and the initial is infilled with a flower in pink and with foliage in green and blue; on the same page the two columns of text are separated by a column or pillar in gold, blue, green and pale pink, and the whole page is decorated with four elaborate foliate and floral borders in the same colours, which incorporate a peacock, a dog, a hare(?) reclining on a patch of white-vine decoration, two roundels each containing a landscape of trees and sky, and an empty green laurel wreath (for an intended coat of arms?). In the inner margin of 2/4r (f. 12r) a thirty-line initial “I” is supplied in (now oxidized) silver and is set on a gold background from which extends floral spray-work in black and gold; the inner margin of 22/1r (f. 213r) has a similarly decorated twenty-line initial “I”; in col. 2 of the same page a seven-line initial “P”, which is supplied in shades of pink, blue and green with white tracery, is set on a square gold ground and the body of the initial is infilled with foliage in shades of green; principal initials at the beginning of each book of the Bible are supplied in red and blue with reserved white and further decorated with pen-work in red and purple, or in red and blue, with lavish extensions into the margins; capital strokes in yellow throughout.
Imperfections: None.

Illuminated and  decorated borders and initial in  Biblia