Eusebius Caesariensis: Historia ecclesiastica.

Translated by Rufinus Aquileiensis.

[Utrecht:  Nicolaus Ketelaer and Gerardus de Leempt], 1474.
Fol.   [1-710 8-108 11-1410 15-168 17-2010 21-228].   [206] leaves, the first and last blank.
ISTC ie00124000;  Goff E124;  BMC IX 6;  Bod-inc E-041;  GW 9434.

Two copies held by the University of Glasgow.

Copy 1

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll BD7-d.23 (see main library entry for this item)
Provenance: Engelbertus Jonae (15th/16th century):  slip of paper affixed to front pastedown with inscription “Engelbertus Jonae noruegianus”.
Jo(h)annes Moeselaer (d. 1499), Bachelor of Theology, Professor at Louvain, Rector 1482 (cf. Paul Needham, IPI): inscription on front free endpaper:  “Ex legato magistri Ioannis Moeselaer cuius anima requiescat in pace Conrardus Boeghem”.
Conrardus Boeghem (15th/16th century):  see above.
Ericus Petri (16th century):  inscription on 1/2r “Ericus Petrj(?)”
Friedlieb (18th century):  inscription on 1/2r “Friedlieb”.
Christoph Frimann (19th century):  inscription on 1/2r “Christoph. Frimann”.
Neumann (19th century):  inscription on 1/2r “Neumann”.
Edward Knight (fl. 1857-1874), bookseller, Islington, London:  sold book to William Euing.
William Euing (1788-1874), insurance broker, Glasgow:  purchased from Knight 27 Mar. 1857 according to Euing’s pencil acquisition note with price code on front pastedown “27-3-57 Knight fe/” together with his inventory number “No 4” and an earlier inventory number "108";  source confirmed in Euing’s acquisitions inventory (University of Glasgow Library, MS Euing 49).
University of Glasgow:  presented by Euing in 1872 according to University Library bookplate on front pastedown.
Binding: Low Countries(?), 16th-century blind-tooled calf over bevelled wooden boards;  both covers identically decorated with intersecting triple fillets to form a centre panel, which is divided by triple fillets into lozenges and triangles;  modern gilt spine titles;  evidence from nail holes of two clasps (both now lost);  modern flyleaf inserted at rear.   Size:  293 x 220 mm.
Leaf size: 289 x 212 mm.
Annotations: Frequent marginal annotations in several 16th/17th-century hands;  occasional underlining;  early manuscript signatures at extreme lower right-hand corner of many leaves (some cropped by binder);  deleted and erased annotations on front free endpaper;  on 1/2r “Liber rarissimus” and an 18th-century(?) shelfmark “N: 6”.
Decoration: Eight line initial “P” on 1/2r supplied in blue and red on a square ground of red and green pen-work, with red pen-work extending into the inner margin;  six-line initial “S” on 2/1r (f. 11r) supplied in gold on a blue and pink square ground with pen-work embellishment, with floral decoration in green and gold extending into the inner margin;  principal initial at the beginning of each of the eleven Books of the Historia ecclesiastica supplied in blue with reserved white (the white of the initial “I” of Book I has been filled in with brown ink);  all other initials, paragraph marks and capital strokes supplied in red throughout.
Imperfections: Wanting the first and final blank leaves.


Decorated penwork initial and ownership inscriptions in Eusebius Caesariensis: Historia ecclesiastica

Copy 2

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian Bw.2.16 (see main library entry for this item)
Provenance: Louis Jean Gaignat (1697-1768), Secretary to King Louis XV:  Gaignat sale, 1769;  lot 2701 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 30 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.7.12”.
Binding: France, 18th-century blue morocco decorated with triple gold fillets, a small gold fleuron at each corner;  gold-tooled spine;  marbled endpapers;  gilt-edged leaves;  pink silk bookmark.   Size:  290 x 210 mm.
Leaf size: 281 x 199 mm.
Annotations: Occasional marginal annotations (washed out) in gatherings 21 and 22;  occasional single word corrections.
Decoration: Principal initials supplied in red with reserved white;  other initials, paragraph marks and capital strokes supplied in red throughout;  chapter headings underlined in red throughout.
Imperfections: Wanting the first and final blank leaves.


Penwork initial in Eusebius Caesariensis: Historia ecclesiastica