Euclides: Elementa geometriae.
Translated by Adelardus Bathoniensis; revised by Campanus Novariensis.
Venice: Erhard Ratdolt, 25 May 1482.
Fol. a10 b-r8.  leaves (r8 blank).
Woodcuts; woodcut initials; woodcut border on a2r.
ISTC ie00113000; GW 9428; Goff E113; BMC V 285 (IB. 20513); Bod-inc E-036; CIBN E-88; BSB-Ink E-106.
Two copies held by the University of Glasgow
|Shelf-mark:||Sp Coll Hunterian By.2.12 (see main library entry for this item )|
|Variant:||Settings of a1v, lines 1-2, and of a2r, lines 1-2 (printed in red), follow BMC’s transcription for the copy at IB. 20513, not IB. 20514; on o8r, line 45 has the corrected setting of the text: "culi pꝛoſtrati ſed non ſunt adinuicem equales. hoc aūt ſcies ſi ꝑpendiculares a" - see C. F. Bühler, “A typographical error in the editio princeps of Euclid”, Gutenberg Jahrbuch (1966), pp. 102-4. The two University of Glasgow Library copies of this edition exhibit some differences in the marginal woodcut diagrams. In both copies there is a total of four identical diagrams on d1r and d1v: in the copy at By.2.12 (E5/1) one woodcut diagram is located on d1r and three on d1v, in the copy at BD9-c.5 (E5/2) the woodcuts are repositioned so that two appear on d1r and two on d1v. There is a further difference in the marginal woodcuts on e1r: in the copy at By.2.12 (E5/1) there are three woodcut diagrams, whereas in the copy at BD9-c.5 (E5/2) only two are present.|
|Provenance:||Paris, Jesuits: inscription on a2r “Collegii Paris. Societ. Jesu.”; lot 2044 in Catalogue des livres de la bibliothèque des ci-devant soi-disans Jésuites de Collège de Clermont (Paris: 1764); sold for 6 livres according to the priced copy of the sale catalogue in University of Glasgow Library.
Louis Jean Gaignat (1697-1768), Secretary to King Louis XV: Gaignat sale, 1769; lot 1240 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 80 livres 1 sou; see Dessain-Hunter sale correspondence (University of Glasgow Library MS Gen. 36, f. 25v).
University of Glasgow: Hunterian bequest, 1807; Hunterian Museum bookplate on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “Ax.1.1”.
|Binding:||France, 18th-century blue goatskin; covers decorated with a triple gold-fillet border, a small gold fleuron at each corner; gold-tooled spine; marbled endpapers; gilt-edged leaves; pink silk bookmark. Size: 310 x 222 mm.|
|Leaf size:||303 x 211 mm.|
|Annotations:||A marginal note and interlinear correction on d5r and on f7v; manuscript additions or corrections to the woodcut marginal diagrams on a6v, b3v and b5r; an additional marginal diagram in pen-and-ink supplied on c8r; 18th-century shelfmark "f1 Shelf" in pencil on front free endpaper.|
|Shelf-mark:||Sp Coll BD9-c.5 (see main library entry for this item)|
|Variants:||Settings of a1v, lines 1-2, and of a2r, lines 1-2 (printed in red) follow BMC’s transcription for the copy at IB. 20513, not IB. 20514; on o8r, line 45 has the uncorrected setting of the text: “culi pꝛoſtrati ſed nō ſunt adinuicē equales. hoc aūt ſcies ſi ꝑpendiculares a coꝛau-” - see C. F. Bühler, “A typographical error in the editio princeps of Euclid”, Gutenberg Jahrbuch (1966), pp. 102-4. The two University of Glasgow Library copies of this edition exhibit some differences in the marginal woodcut diagrams. In both copies there is a total of four identical diagrams on d1r and d1v: in the copy at BD9-c.5 (E5/2) two woodcut diagrams are located on d1r and two on d1v, in the copy at By.2.12 (E5/1) the woodcuts are repositioned so that one only is present on d1r and three on d1v. There is a further difference in the marginal woodcuts on e1r: in the copy at BD9-c.5 (E5/2) just two woodcut diagrams are present, whereas in the copy at By.2.12 (E5/1) there is an additional third diagram.|
|Bound with:||The first of three items bound together. Bound with: (2) Claudius Ptolemaeus, Geographia. Nuremberg: Hans Stuchs, 1514; (3) Soranus, Ephesius, De re medica. Basel: Andreas Cratander, Aug. 1528.|
|Provenance:||David Brehler (fl. 1639), physician, Bamberg: inscription on a1r (the first two words heavily scored through) “David(?) Brehler(?) Doct. Bamberg 1639”.
Vienna, Bibliotheca Brehleriana: inscription on a2r “ad Bibliothecam Brehlerianam i7i4” and “in cathalogo N[ume]ro 668 ex antiqua Brehleriana Bibliotheca vienensi”.
Joseph Sams, bookseller, Darlington & London (1784-1860): sold book to William Euing.
William Euing (1788-1874), insurance broker, Glasgow: purchased from Sams 2 July 1849 according to Euing’s pencil acquisition note and price code on front pastedown “2.7.49 db/ Sams” together with his early inventory number “No 62”.
University of Glasgow: presented by Euing in 1872 according to one of two University Library bookplates on front pastedown.
|Binding:||Germany(?), 16th-century blind-tooled pigskin; covers decorated with fillets and three different floral rolls to form four concentric rectangles; two brass clasps with catch plates on front board; edges of outer and inner corners protected with brass strips; spine decorated with a Rautengerank tool; vestiges of ink spine titles; rear free endpaper has watermark of a crown surmounted by a cross and a star (cf. Briquet 4960). Size: 318 x 222 mm.|
|Leaf size:||305 x 212 mm.|
|Annotations:||Partially read inscription in ink on front pastedown with price “2 daler [...]”; 19th-century prices in pencil on front free endpaper “3£. 3s” and “42/-”; number “43/3” in pencil in a 19th-century hand on a2r.|
|Decoration:||Water-colour decoration in red, yellow, green and brown added to the woodcut initial “P”, the marginal woodcut diagrams, and the lower part of the woodcut border on a2r.|