Eusebius Caesariensis: Historia ecclesiastica.

Translated by Rufinus Aquileiensis.

Mantua:  Johannes Schallus, [not before 15] July 1479.
Fol. [1-188 19-226.8].  [172] leaves (22/8 blank).
ISTC ie00127000;  GW 9437;  Goff E127;  BMC VII 933 (IB. 30664);  Bod-inc E-044;  CIBN E-100;  BSB-Ink E-112.

GIP number: E10
Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian Bw.2.12 (see main library entry for this item)
Variant: 1/1v, line 2: ‘Frederico Gonzage ...’ as in GW’s main transcription, not ‘Federico’ or ‘Gonsage’ as in GW Anm.
Provenance: Georgius (15th/16th century), priest in canton Valais, Switzerland:  inscription on lower margin of 1/2r “Liber Ecclesie S[an]c[t]i Leonardj Bas[iliensis] Ord[in]is Can[onicorum] R[egularu]m Sanctj August[in]i Ex legac[i]o[n]e d[omi]ni georgij p[re]sb[ite]ri vallesie”.
Basel, Augustinian Canons, S. Leonard (suppressed 1525):  see above.
Louis Jean Gaignat (1697-1768), Secretary to King Louis XV:  Gaignat sale, 1769;  lot 2702 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 19 livres;  see Dessain-Hunter correspondence (University of Glasgow Library, MS Gen. 36, f. 23v).
University of Glasgow:  Hunterian bequest, 1807;  Hunterian Museum bookplate on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “B.7.13”.
Binding: France, 18th-century red goatskin;  covers decorated with a triple gold-fillet border, a small gold circle at each corner;  gold-tooled spine;  marbled endpapers;  marbled-edged leaves with gilt overlay;  turquoise silk bookmark;  vestiges of tabs.  Size:  291 x 208 mm.
Leaf size: 285 x 202 mm.
Annotations: Largely erased 15th-century ownership inscription in top margin of 1/2r;  marginal annotation in a 16th-century hand on 6/1r (f. 41r).
Decoration: Six-line initial “S” on 2/2r (f. 10r) supplied in red and blue with reserved white and set on a rectangular ground of red pen-work decoration extending into the margin;  other initials and paragraph marks supplied throughout in alternate red and blue, the former often with marginal flourishes;  capital strokes in red throughout;  running book numbers in the form “L” in blue on versos and “I”-“XI” in red on rectos.
Imperfections: Wanting the blank leaf 22/8.

Monastic ownership inscription in Eusebius Caesariensis: Historia ecclesiastica