Livius, Titus: Historiae Romanae decades I, III, IV [Italian].

Edited by Petrus Madius (I).   Translated by Giovanni Boccaccio (III & IV).   Add:  Leonardus Brunus Aretinus:  De primo bello Punico [Italian].

Venice:  Antonio di Bartolommeo Miscomini, 1478.
Fol.  π6 a-n10 o8; 2π10 210 2a10 2b-q8 2r6 2[s]10; 3a-o8 3p4 3[q]10.  [436] leaves.
ISTC il00252000;  GW M18515;  Goff L252;  BMC V 241 (IB. 20454);  CIBN L-191.

The Glasgow copy is imperfect.  Collation taken from Cristina Dondi & Neil Harris, ‘Oil and green ginger: The Zornale of the Venetian bookseller Francesco de Madii, 1484-1488’, in Documenting the early modern book world, ed. Malcolm Walsby & Natasha Constantinidou (Leiden: 2013), p. 393.

GIP number: L32
Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian Bh.1.19 (see main library entry for this item)
Provenance: N.T.:  in the lower margin of a2r within a green laurel wreath is a painted armorial shield:  party per fess gules and or, in chief a cross molise or above a six-pointed mullet or, in base a bendy of six;  the shield is placed on a background of dark blue and is flanked by the initials ‘N T’ in gold, and the laurel wreath is supported by two red-tongued dragons whose coiled tails are held by two putti.
Joseph Smith (1673/4?-1770), British Consul in Venice:  engraved armorial bookplate (Franks 27324) on front pastedown;  lot 1150 in Bibliotheca Smithiana:  a catalogue of the curious, elegant, and very valuable library of Joseph Smith (London:  1773).
William Hunter (1718-1783), physician and anatomist:  purchased by Hunter at the Smith sale for £3.5.0 according to the annotated British Library copy of the Smith sale catalogue - shelfmark S.C.S. 8(7).
University of Glasgow:  Hunterian bequest 1807;  Hunterian Museum bookplate on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “Aj.1.8”.
Binding: Italy, 18th-century parchment;  green leather title label on spine;  green silk bookmark;  free endpapers have watermark of the letters “V A S” above the letter “C” (or perhaps “G”).   Size:  333 x 233 mm.
Leaf size: 326 x 227 mm.
Annotations: None.
Decoration: Nine-line initial ‘I’ on a2r supplied in purple and green on a rectangular gold ground, with a floral border in the inner margin in blue, purple and gold embellished with brown hair-line scrolls;  in the centre margin is a column of overlapping leaves in green and purple (resembling the trunk of a palm tree) surmounted by a cameo bust of a man in profile;  in the lower margin is a painted coat of arms (see Provenance);  three smaller three-line initials on the same page supplied in purple and blue on a square gold ground.  Similarly decorated four- to seven-line initials supplied at the beginning of each book, often with foliate extensions into the margin;  other initials throughout supplied in alternate red and blue;  printed capitals used in the opening lines of each book (and some capitals in the Registro and Tabula) are stroked in yellow.   See N.R. Thorp, The glory of the page, no. 100.
Imperfections: The third decade only (2a10 2b-q8 2r6 2[s]10), with its Registro and Tabula of ten leaves (2[s]10) bound at the beginning (ff. 301-310, 166-300 of the BMC description).

Illuminated border with coat of arms in Livius, Titus: Historiae Romanae decades I, III, and IV [Italian]