Johannes de Sacro Bosco: Sphaera mundi.

Add:  Georgius Purbachius:  Theoricae novae planetarum.   Johannes Regiomontanus:  Disputationes contra Cremonensia deliramenta.

[Venice]:  Erhard Ratdolt, [before 4 Nov.] 1485.
4to.   1-68 710.   [58] leaves.
Woodcuts (partly printed in colour);  woodcut initials.
ISTC ij00406000;  GW M14654;  Goff J406;  BMC V 290 (IA. 20546);  Bod-inc J-182;  CIBN J-271;  BSB-Ink I-503. 

GIP number: J23
Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian Bx.3.41 (see main library entry for this item)
Bound with: Formerly bound as the first of two incunabula, the second item being Alliaco, Petrus de, Concordantia astronomiae cum theologia.  Augsburg:  Erhard Ratdolt, 2 Jan. 1490 (A46).  The two items rebound separately in 1955 (see Binding).
Provenance: John Ratcliffe (1707-1776), book collector:  lot 1357 in Bibliotheca Ratcliffiana (1776).
William Hunter (1718-1783), physician and anatomist:  purchased by Hunter for £0.12.0 at the Ratcliffe sale according to the annotated British Library copy of the Ratcliffe sale catalogue (shelfmark 822.d.6).
University of Glasgow:  Hunterian bequest 1807;  Hunterian Museum bookplate on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “Af.10.42”.
Binding: England, quarter tan goatskin, marbled sides, by Douglas Cockerell & Son, Jan. 1955, replacing an 18th-century quarter sheep binding, marbled paper sides (original black leather title labels mounted on new front pastedown);  binder’s note  tipped onto rear pastedown.   Size:  200 x 143 mm.
Leaf size: 193 x 136 mm.
Annotations: On leaf 1/1r the title “de sfera”;  zodiac and planet names added to the woodcut on leaf 1/2v;  very occasional marginal annotations in an early hand.
Decoration: None.
Imperfections: None.


Page of text with diagram from Johannes de Sacro Bosco: Theoricae Novae Planetarum'