Duranti, Guillelmus: Rationale divinorum officiorum.

[Strassburg:  Georg Husner, ca. 1479]
Fol.   [110 2-68 710 88 9-368.6.8.10 37-388 39-4410.8 45-468 4710].   [3], I-CCCLXXXV leaves.
ISTC id00420000;  Goff D420;  GW 9117.

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Bf71-a.4 (see main library entry for this item)
Provenance: Conradus Huber(?), 16th century(?), of Konstanz(?):  inscription (only partially visible under ultraviolet lamp) on 1/1r “Ex libris Conradi huber(?) Constant(?)”.
Henry Deane (1838-1894), Fellow of St. John’s College, Oxford:  inscription on 1/1r “H. Deane Coll: Di: Jo: Bapt Oxon 1876”.
James Alexander Ure (1862-1932), M.B., C.M. (University of Glasgow, 1887):  source unknown.
University of Glasgow:  James Alexander Ure bequest, 1933.
Binding: Germany, 15th/16th-century blind-tooled calf (much worn) over bevelled wooden boards.  The design of both covers consists of a centre panel surrounded by two frames formed from intersecting triple fillets;  the centre panel is divided diagonally by double fillets into lozenges and triangles;  both covers further decorated with separate stamps of a rose, a roundel containing a stag(?), a five-petalled daisy-like stamp, a ‘Maria’ scroll and two different lozenge-shaped stamps (containing a floral(?) motif);  pigskin spine (added later) with manuscript spine title;  two brass clasps attached to front board with pigskin, catch plates on rear board;  green-edged leaves;  offsetting of text on both boards from original manuscript parchment pastedown, now lost;  parchment spine strengtheners visible;  two strips from an incunable (printer’s waste?) pasted onto boards (originally under parchment pastedowns and now visible at outer edge of each board);  vestiges of index tabs.   Size:  313 x 212 mm.
Leaf size: 300 x 214 mm.
Annotations: Frequent marginal annotations in a 15th/16th-century hand;  frequent pointing hands;  note in pencil by Ure tipped in at front regarding binding and erroneously attributing this edition to Anton Koberger, Nuremberg, 1481;  price code in pencil ‘u/d/’ on 1/2v.
Decoration: Eight-line initial ‘Q’ on 1/4r and six-line initial ‘P’ on 1/6r supplied in red and reserved white, the body of the initials infilled with pen-work decoration in red and brown;  numerous other initials supplied in red or in red with reserved white (many with marginal pen-flourishing);  manuscript guide-letters in brown ink frequently visible;  paragraph marks, capital strokes supplied in red throughout.
Imperfections: None.

Binding of Duranti, Guillelmus: Rationale divinorum officiorum