Martialis, Marcus Valerius: Epigrammata.
[Bologna: Printer of the Suetonius Vitae (H 15113), ca. 1477]
4to. [1-1710 188].  leaves.
ISTC im00301000; GW M21249; Goff M301; BMC VI 853 (IA. 29280); Bod-inc M-117; CIBN M-163.
Ascription to printer from CIBN.
Also recorded as  - see ISTC.
|Shelf-mark:||Sp Coll Hunterian By.3.29 (see main library entry for this item)|
|Provenance:||Jacques Auguste de Thou (1553-1617), historian: inscription on third front (paper) fly leaf “Jac. Aug. Thuani” - below which, in an 18th-century hand, a note to the binder “laissés cette feuille”; marginal annotations throughout in Latin and Greek in red and black ink by de Thou; many epigram titles underlined in red.
William Hunter (1718-1783), physician and anatomist: source unknown.
University of Glasgow: Hunterian bequest, 1807; Hunterian Museum bookplate on front pastedown, with former shelf-mark “As.8.17”.
|Binding:||France, 18th-century blue goatskin; gilt title on spine “MARTIALIS OPERA ANTIQ. EDIT CUM NOTIS MSS. JAC. AUG. THUANI”; top and lower edges gilt, red fore-edge; pink watered-silk doublures; blue silk bookmark; paper flyleaves; two parchment flyleaves, one inserted before the first leaf of text and the other after the final text leaf. Size: 214 x 143 mm.|
|Leaf size:||211 x 136 mm.|
|Annotations:||Marginal annotations throughout by de Thou in red and blank ink - see Provenance. Inscription on verso of front parchment flyleaf: “MDXV xxja maij ut deo placuit macarius mutius eques et comes ultima[m] die[m] clausit ac postridie celebri papa tumulo datus fuit” - referring to Macarius Mutius, author of De triumpho Christo, Venice, 1499 (ISTC im00882000); inscriptions (Latin mottoes) in a 16th-century hand on verso of rear parchment flyleaf; number “1308” in ink on free front endpaper; many epigram titles underlined in red.|
|Decoration:||On 1/2r an eight-line epigraphic initial “B” is supplied in brown ink and green watercolour; the lower margin of the same page has a 16th-century drawing (cropped at lower edge) in brown ink with green and pink watercolour shading, which depicts two tritons or mermen holding a mirror or shield, on which is a nude male figure with a cape standing over a headless and armless torso - perhaps relating to epigram 66 in book 3, in which the poet condemns Mark Antony for ordering the murder of Cicero whose head and hands were severed from his body.|