Leo I, Pont. Max.: Sermones

Edited by Johannes Andreas de Bussis, bishop of Aleria.

Rome:  Conradus Sweynheym and Arnoldus Pannartz, [after 21 Sept.] 1470.
Fol.   [1-1110 12-148].   [134] leaves (1/1 blank).
ISTC il00129000;  GW M17800;  Goff L129;  BMC IV 11 (IB. 17145);  Bod-inc L-064;  CIBN L-111;  BSB-Ink L-98.

GIP number: L14
Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian Bf.2.11 (see main library entry for this item)
Note: Printer's pin-holes visible.
Provenance: Negro family, Venice (unidentified bishop from):  cropped painted coat of arms in lower margin of 1/5r - gules, a fess argent in chief the letter “B” - which is suspended from a portal(?) on top of which sit two nude children, one holding a mitre, the other a crozier;  the arms are identified by Martin Davies and Lilian Armstrong as those of the Venetian, non-patrician family Negro (the cropped portion of the arms would have contained a letter “N”);  similar arms (without the mitre and crozier) appear in an illuminated 1472 Jenson Pliny in Paris BnF Rés. S. 415 (CIBN P-459).
Louis Jean Gaignat (1697-1768), Secretary to King Louis XV:  Gaignat sale, 1769;  lot 247 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 99 livres 19 sous;  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.6.3”. 
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;  flyleaves have watermark “MGIS || 1742 || FIN”.   Size: 316 x 235 mm.
Leaf size: 308 x 224 mm.
Annotations: Frequent marginal annotations in two humanist hands (often extracting keywords or phrases);  frequent manicules and nota marks;  rubricae on 1/2v-1/4r are numbered;  quires numbered in arabic numerals in an early hand in extreme inner corner of lower margin of first recto.
Decoration: On 1/5r a seven-line letter “L” is supplied in gold on a square ground of white-vine decoration defined in crimson, blue and green, and in the lower margin is a cropped painted coat of arms - see Provenance;  seven-line initial “S” on 6/6r (f. 56r) supplied in gold on a ground of white-vine decoration, and a similarly decorated six-line initial “H” supplied on 10/10r (f. 100r) and seven-line initial “O” on 11/7v (f. 107v);  smaller initials and paragraph marks supplied throughout in alternate red and blue.
Imperfections: Wanting the blank leaf 1/1.

Illuminated initial and coat of arms in Leo I, Pont. Max.: Sermones