Gratianus: Decretum (cum apparatu Bartholomaei Brixiensis).

Edited by Alexander de Nevo and Petrus Albinianus Trecius.   Add:  Johannes Diaconus:  Summarium, seu Flos decreti.

Venice:  Nicolaus Jenson, 28 June 1474.
Fol.   [1-810 912 10-1910 2012 21-2610 278 28-3210 3312 34-3710 38-398].   [390] leaves (38/8, 39/8 blank).
ISTC ig00363000;  GW 11354;  Goff G363;  BMC V 174 (IC. 19678);  CIBN G-285;  BSB-Ink G-255.

GIP number: G44
Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian Bw.1.12 (see main library entry for this item)
Variants: 1/2r, col. 1, line 3: "...ↄſtitutionis" as GW’s main transcription and BMC, not "... cōſtitutionis" as GW Anm.;  1/2r, col. 1, line 7: "bus ..." as GW’s main transcription, not "b9 ..." as GW Anm.;  38/7v (f. 381v), line 1: "... Treci9..." as GW Anm. and BMC, not ".... Trecius ..." as GW’s main transcription;  39/1r (f. 383r), col. 1, lines 31-32: "[ ]Umanum genus duobus || modis regitur et cetera." not "[ ]Umanū genus duobus modis regi||tur et cetera." as GW.
Note: Printer's pin-holes visible.
Provenance: Spoleto, Observant Franciscans, S. Paulus inter Vineas:  inscription on 1/2r “Spectat ad Con[ventum] S[anc]ti Pauli Spoleti”.
Philip Carteret Webb (1702-1770), barrister, FSA, FRS:  armorial bookplate on verso of front free endpaper (Franks 31177);  Webb’s shelfmark “D--4” in ink on first front flyleaf;  presumably lot 2050 “Decretorum Codex, corio turcico, ac editio princeps, Ven. ap. Jenson, 1473 [sic]” in A catalogue of the very valuable library of Phillip Carteret Webb ... which will begin to be sold by auction, by S. Baker and G. Leigh ... on Monday, February the 25th, 1771 ... [London:  1771].
William Hunter (1718-1783), physician and anatomist:  source unknown, but perhaps acquired by Hunter directly at the Webb sale.
University of Glasgow:  Hunterian bequest 1807;  Hunterian Museum bookplate on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “B.3.16”.
Binding: 18th-century speckled calf;  covers framed with a border of triple gold fillets and two blind rolls, with a separate decorative tool at each inner corner of the frame;  repaired and rebacked Aug. 1987 by James Brockman, red leather title labels ("Decretorum Codex", "Nic. Jenson 1474") put back and marbled endpapers retained;  sprinkled red-edged leaves;  front and rear flyleaves have watermark of an armorial shield with two bendlets surmounted by a fleur-de-lys, and countermark letters “D I S”.   Now housed in a brown buckram-covered box with samples of original spine covering mounted inside.   Size:  443 x 300 mm.
Leaf size: 428 x 285 mm.
Annotations: Very occasional evidence of early manuscript signatures.
Decoration: 33 pen-and-ink drawings occupy blank spaces left in the body of the text on 9/11r, 12/1v, 13/10r, 14/9r, 15/2r, 15/4v, 15/7v, 16/3v, 17/2r, 18/4v, 19/5r, 19/9v, 20/3r, 20/8r, 22/6v, 22/7v, 22/10r, 23/1v, 23/10v, 26/2v, 27/3v, 27/7v, 28/6v, 29/5v, 29/9v, 30/1r, 30/5r, 30/7r, 31/7v, 34/9r, 34/10r, 35/7v, and 35/8v (ff. 91r, 113v, 132r, 141r, 144r, 146v, 149v, 155v, 164r, 176v, 187r, 191v, 195r, 200r, 220v, 221v, 224r, 225v, 234v, 256v, 267v, 271v, 278v, 287v, 291v, 293r, 297r, 299r, 309v, 343r, 344r, 351v, and 352v);  the drawings, all uncoloured and populated with figures lay and ecclesiastical, which illustrate scenes from the examples of canon law described in the text, were probably designs for intended miniatures - see N.R. Thorp, The glory of the page, no. 92.  Ten-line initials supplied in shades of purple and dull gold on a lustrous gold square ground, the initials generally given an infill of stylised flowers on a background of blue with white tracery;  four-line initials supplied in gold on a square blue ground decorated with white tracery - many of the initials have a crimson infill with white tracery;  smaller initials throughout supplied in alternate red and blue;  paragraph marks supplied in red or blue;  many capitals washed in yellow;  running chapter numbers supplied in red in top margins.
Imperfections: Wanting the blank leaf 39/8.

Illuminated initials in Gratianus: Decretum