Martialis, Marcus Valerius: Epigrammata.

[Bologna:  Printer of the Suetonius Vitae (H 15113), ca. 1477]
4to.   [1-1710 188].   [178] 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 [1474] - see ISTC.

GIP number: M19
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.
Imperfections: None.

Drawing and initial coloured in watercolour in Martialis, Marcus Valerius: Epigrammata