Lactantius, Lucius Coelius Firmianus: Opera.

Add: Antonius Raudensis: Errata Lactantii; S. Venantius Honorius Clementianus Fortunatus: De Resurrectione Christi carmen.

Venice:  Johannes de Colonia and Johannes Manthen, 27 Aug. 1478.
Fol.   a12 b-m10 n8 o-r10 s-x8 y10 z8 [A]8.   [228] leaves, the first blank.   Gathering [A] is unsigned, but the third and fourth leaves are numbered.
ISTC il00009000;  Goff L9;  BMC V 233;  Bod-inc L-009.

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian Bf.3.3 (see main library entry for this item)
Provenance: Edward Harley (1689-1741), Lord Harley;  from 1724 2nd Earl of Oxford:  see Binding.
Thomas Osborne (d. 1767), bookseller:  purchased all the Harleian printed books;  top corner of first front flyleaf cut off - as in many other Harleian volumes - probably by Osborne to remove his earlier price (cf. J.B. Oldham, 'Shrewsbury School bindings', p.114);  revised price “2-2-0” written in pencil alongside the excision;  no. 998 in Osborne’s 'Catalogus bibliothecae Harleianae', vol. 3 (London:  1744) and no. 795 in his 'Catalogus bibliothecae Harleianae', vol. 5 (London:  1745).
William Hunter (1718-1783), physician and anatomist:  source unknown.
University of Glasgow:  Hunterian bequest 1807;  Hunterian Museum bookplate on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “At.1.4”.
Binding: England, 18th-century gold-tooled red morocco;  bound for Lord Harley by Christopher Chapman.   On both covers triple fillets form a frame, within which are two rolls, the first is a floral roll (Nixon, ‘Harleian bindings’, pl. 13) and the second is ornamental roll (Nixon ‘Harleian bindings’, pl. 14, Chapman roll 1).   Both covers have a lozenge-shaped centre-piece, made up of several individual tools including Nixon ‘Harleian bindings’, pl. 15, Chapman nos 5, 8, 14a, and 14b.   The head and foot of the spine are decorated with Nixon, ‘Harleian bindings’, pl. 14, Chapman roll 2, and the tools used in the spine compartments include Nixon, ‘Harleian bindings’, pl. 15, Chapman no. 9;  the turn-ins are decorated with Chapman roll 3;  marbled endpapers.   Size:  305 x 211 mm.
Leaf size: 295 x 198 mm.
Annotations: Occasional marginal annotations in a 16th-century hand;  single pointing hand on h1v.
Decoration: Principal initials supplied in red and blue with reserved white;  other initials supplied throughout in alternate red and blue;  manuscript guide-letters often visible in brown ink;  paragraph marks supplied throughout mainly in red but occasionally in blue.
Imperfections: None.

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