Lactantius, Lucius Coelius Firmianus: Opera.
Add: Venantius Honorius Clementianus Fortunatus: De Resurrectione Christi carmen.
Rome: Conradus Sweynheym and Arnoldus Pannartz, 1468.
Fol. [112 2-1210 138 14-1710 1812 19-2110 228].  leaves (1/1, 22/8 blank).
ISTC il00002000; GW M16542; Goff L2; BMC IV 4 (IB. 17103); CIBN L-2; BSB-Ink L-3.
Two copies held by University of Glasgow.
|Shelf-mark:||Sp Coll BD7-b.13 (see main library entry for this item)|
|Provenance:||Giovanni Gianderoni, O.S.A. (d. 1483), Bishop of Città di Castello from 1460-1475, afterwards of Massa Marittima: inscription on 22/7v (f. 219v) “Ego [frater (partially erased)] humilis [Jo: Episcopus (partially erased)] Castellanus et S[anctissi]mi d[omi]nj nostri d[omi]ni pauli pape secu[n]di Sac[ri]sta et Confessor vobis p[ri]ori et fr[atr]ibus conue[n]tus S[anc]ti [Augustini (partially erased)] de obs[er]ua[n]tia eiusdem Ciuitat[is] pro remedio Anime mee, dono vobis hu[n]c librum Lactantij e[m]ptum a me ex emolume[n]t[is] officior[um] meor[um]. Anno d[omi]nj Mo. cccco. Lxx. die xiia Augusti orate pro me” followed, in a different hand, by “S[anc]ti Aug[ustin]i Ciui[ta]t[is] Castelli”; on 1/2r a partially erased inscription (under ultraviolet light) “Iste lib[er] e[st] [con]ue[ntus] s[ancti Aug[ustini] ciuitat[is] [caste]lli”.
Città di Castello (Umbria), Augustinian Hermits: see above.
Giuseppe Serra (d. before 1826), Duca di Cassano: Catalogo dell’ edizioni del sec. XV. esistenti nella biblioteca del Duca di Cassano Serra (Napoli: 1807), p. 23.
George John Spencer (1758-1834), 2nd Earl Spencer: in 1819/20 the 2nd Earl Spencer bought the whole of Cassano’s library and subsequently sold Cassano and other duplicates at several sales; Spencer duplicate sale (March 1821), lot 173; sold to Richard Heber for £1.7.0; see the British Library annotated copy of the sale catalogue.
Richard Heber (1774-1833), book collector: bookstamp “Bibliotheca Heberiana” on front flyleaf and inscription above it “March 1821 Sp. Dup. Sale by Evans 7.7.0 [sic]”; lot 4067 in Bibliotheca Heberiana, Pt. 1 (London: Sotheby, 1834).
Maurice Ogle & Son, Booksellers, Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow (1832-1871): sold book to William Euing.
William Euing (1788-1874), insurance broker, Glasgow: purchased from Ogle 22 May. 1847 according to Euing’s pencil acquisition note and price code on verso of front free endpaper “22.5.47 axe/ Ogle”; an early Euing inventory number “24” in pencil on verso of front free endpaper.
University of Glasgow: Euing bequest, 1874.
|Binding:||18th/19th-century sheep (undecorated), rebacked in 20th century; paste-paper endpapers; sprinkled red-edged leaves; green silk bookmark; front flyleaf has watermark of a fleur-de-lys within a circle with the letters “P P” below and a single letter “P” above the circle. Size: 335 x 230 mm.|
|Leaf size:||325 x 221 mm.|
|Annotations:||Occasional marginal annotations in a 16th-century hand (some partially erased); running book numbers in a 16th-century hand; inscription in a 17th-century hand on 2/1r (f. 13r) “Lactantius Iste est ex B”; 19th-century price “5: 5: 0” faintly written in pencil on verso of front free endpaper, and annotation in ink “C. Collat. Complet”.|
|Decoration:||On 2/1r (f. 13r) a six-line initial “M” is supplied in gold on a square ground of white-vine decoration defined in crimson, blue and green, which extends into the four margins to form a border; the lower border of the same page incorporates a green laurel wreath within which is a defaced coat of arms (below the decorative border is a partially erased inscription in Italian in a 17th-century(?) hand “[...] aquila coronata da vna p[ar]te, e dall’ altra dei lione [...]” - perhaps a reference to the defaced stemma); similar initials supplied in gold on white-vine grounds at the beginning of each book; smaller initials supplied in alternate red and blue; paragraph marks supplied in alternate red and blue in quire 1 (containing the rubrics and errata); paragraph marks supplied in alternate red and blue at the beginning of each chapter.|
|Imperfections:||Wanting the blank leaves 1/1 and 22/8.|
|Shelf-mark:||Sp Coll Hunterian Bf.1.15 (see main library entry for this item)|
|Provenance:||Louis-Jean Gaignat (1697-1768), Secretary to King Louis XV: Gaignat sale, 1769; lot 219 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 96 livres 1 sou; see Dessain-Hunter correspondence (University of Glasgow Library, MS Gen. 36, f. 24v).
University of Glasgow: Hunterian bequest, 1807; Hunterian Museum bookplate on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “T.6.4”.
|Binding:||France, 18th-century red goatskin; covers decorated with a triple gold-fillet border, a small gold fleuron at each corner; gold-tooled spine; marbled endpapers; gilt-edged leaves; blue silk bookmark. Size: 333 x 232 mm.|
|Leaf size:||326 x 222 mm.|
|Annotations:||Occasional marginal annotations in a 16th-century hand, some so heavily washed out as to be illegible. 18th-century inventory or catalogue number ‘No 386’ on front free endpaper (the same hand has written ‘No 629’ in Marcus Tullius Cicero, Orationes. Venice: Christophorus Valdarfer, [not after 9 Nov.] 1471 (Bf.3.19, C55) and ‘No 165’ in Paulus de Sancta Maria, Scrutinium scripturarum. Mainz: Peter Schoeffer, 7 Jan. 1478 (Be.3.22, P8/2)); initials ‘P G’ in an 18th-century hand and a price '550 ll’ on rear free endpaper.|
|Decoration:||On 2/1r (f. 13r) a six-line initial “M” is supplied in gold on a background of white-vine decoration defined in crimson, blue and green which extends into the margins to form three borders edged in gold; the white-vine decoration of the lower margin of the same page incorporates an unfilled green laurel wreath edged in gold, and distinct impressions of its gold edging and the gold edging of the borders are visible in the blank borders of 2/2-2/6 (ff. 14-18); other initials throughout supplied in alternate red and blue; paragraph marks supplied in alternate red and blue in quire 1 (containing the rubrics and errata); paragraph marks supplied in red at the beginning of each chapter together with partial underlining in red of chapter headings.|
|Imperfections:||Wanting the blank leaves 1/1 and 22/8.|