Biblia pauperum.

Xylographic blockbook.

[Netherlands: ca. 1460]. The date refers to the cutting of the blocks.
Fol. [1-202]. [40] leaves signed a-v, .a.-.v. Printed, in brown ink, by a rubbing process, from twenty double-page blocks.
Schreiber, Manuel, IV, 1-89; R. Donaldson, ‘Two block-books in the Hunterian Library, Glasgow University’, 'The Bibliotheck', 3 (1961), 103-4; N.R. Thorp, 'The glory of the page', (London: 1987) no. 132.

Schreiber distinguishes ten editions of the 40-plate Biblia pauperum block-book, of which this is edition IV. To Schreiber’s ten editions Renate Kroll has added an eleventh (see ‘Beobachtungen zur Ausgabenfolge der 40blättrigen Biblia pauperum’, in 'Blockbücher des Mittelalters: Bilderfolgen als Lektüre', ed. Gutenberg-Gesellschaft and Gutenberg-Museum (Mainz: 1991), 289-310. 

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian Ds.2.4 (see main library entry for this item)
Provenance: Anthony Askew (1722-1774), physician and classical scholar: Askew sale, 13 Feb. 1775 onwards; lot 1937 in 'Bibliotheca Askeviana …' (London: Baker & Leigh, 1775).
William Hunter (1718-1783), physician and anatomist: purchased by Hunter at the Askew sale for £16.0.0 according to the partially annotated copy of the Askew sale catalogue in University of Glasgow Library (shelfmark Mu36-c.8).
University of Glasgow: Hunterian bequest 1807; Hunterian Museum bookplate on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “Az.2.2”.
Binding: England, 18th-century gold-tooled calf;  covers have a triple-roll gilt border, the outer roll being divided from the two inner (both of which are identical) by a single fillet;  marbled endpapers; all leaves trimmed to the frame of the woodcut and then mounted;  two front flyleaves have a fleur-de-lys watermark and countermark “I V”;  mounts and flyleaves gilt-edged;  restored and rebacked by Douglas Cockerell & Son, Nov. 1965;  binder’s note tipped-in at rear;  fragment of old lettering piece and spine panel mounted on inside of rear board.   Size:  318 x 242 mm. 
Leaf size: Plate 10, block frame (undamaged at edges):  260 x 191 mm.   Plate 10, including mount:  310 x 236 mm. 
Annotations: Plates numbered in top outer corner of mount  “2-3, 5-7, 9-24, 33-34” in black ink in an 18th-century hand. 
Decoration: Uncoloured copy. 
Imperfections: Wanting 17 plates:  a, d, h, .e.-.m., .p.-.v. (i.e. 1, 4, 8, 25-32, 35-40 of Schreiber’s enumeration);  most plates show signs of damage at one or more of their edges. 

Woodcut opening from Biblia pauperum