Ferrariis, Johannes Petrus de: Practica nova judicialis.

Nuremberg:  Anton Koberger, 28 Feb. 1482.
Fol.   [1-28 3-356].   [9], clxxvij, [1], clxxviij-cciiij leaves,  leaf 9 blank.   Errors in foliation.
Woodcut.
ISTC if00113000;  Goff F113;  BMC II 422;  GW 9815.

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Mu11-y.1 (see main library entry for this item)
Provenance: Alfred John Horwood (1821-1881), barrister, of the Middle Temple:  inscription on front pastedown “Alfred J. Horwood Temple”;  lot 1152 in 'Catalogue of the historical, legal and antiquarian library of the late Alfred John Horwood ...' (London:  Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, 1883);  sold to J. Salkeld for £0.8.0 according to the BL annotated copy of the Horwood sale catalogue - shelfmark S.C.S. 854(2).
John Salkeld, bookseller, London (1827-1908):  see above.
David Murray (1842-1928), Glasgow lawyer, antiquary and bibliographer:  bookplate;  inscription “David Murray Glasgow” on front pastedown;  perhaps purchased from Salkeld.
University of Glasgow:  Murray library donation, 1927.
Binding: Germany, 15th/16th-century blind-tooled calf over wooden boards.  The front cover has a centre panel and frames formed by intersecting fillets;  the panel is decorated with a repeated vine-like tool with tendrils (Rautengerank) to form characteristic pointed oval shapes, each filled with a separate fringed foliage ornament;  a single frame at the left and right of the panel is decorated with a rosette alternating with a ragged staff tool;  double frames at the bottom of the panel are decorated with a repeated lozenge-shaped griffin stamp and a lozenge-shaped fleur-de-lys stamp;  double frames at the top of the panel have the same griffin stamp and a title in blind ‘Noua practica’.  On the rear cover intersecting fillets form a centre panel surrounded by two frames;  the panel is decorated with the same fringed foliage ornament (but without the Rautengerank tool);  the inner frame is decorated with the same lozenge-shaped griffin tool;  the outer frame is decorated with the same rosette alternating with a ragged staff tool.  Three out of five surviving spine panels are decorated with the lozenge-shaped fleur-de-lys tool and a small four-petalled flower tool.  Two chased brass catch plates on rear cover (remainder of clasps now lost).  Evidence from nail holes on both boards of metal corner- and centre-pieces (all now lost).  Fore-edge title in ink from head to tail ‘p[racti]ca noua ferrarj’.  Front pastedown, now detached from board, is leaf m3 (printer’s waste) from the edition of Bonifacius VIII, Liber sextus Decretalium, printed at Nuremberg by Koberger, 12 Mar. 1482, the verso being blank;  rear pastedown (also printer’s waste) stuck down with blank side uppermost, but probably from the same source to judge from evidence of a watermark identical to that on the front pastedown.  Presence of several stubs at rear of volume indicates removal of flyleaves.   Size: 347 × 237 mm.
Leaf size: 333 x 228 mm.
Annotations: Occasional traces of early ink signatures e.g. “b2” (in red ink) and “p3” (in brown ink);  19th-century signatures added in pencil;  17th/18th-century shelfmark “W/3-10” on front pastedown;  brief 19th-century note in French on author and printer on front pastedown;  two pages of pencil notes by A.J. Horwood on selected passages of text loosely inserted at front;  on rear pastedown Horwood’s reference “England 120” to the text on fol. cxx.
Decoration: Sixteen-line initial “Q” on 2/2r (f. 10r) supplied in blue with white and black decoration and placed on a square ground of punched gold, bordered in green, grey, yellow and red, from which stylised foliage extends into the inner margin;  other initials throughout supplied in red or blue, occasionally with pen-decoration or pen-flourishing;  capital strokes in red and paragraph marks in red or blue throughout.
Imperfections: Probable ownership inscription excised from top margin of 1/1.

Woodcut illustration in Ferrariis, Johannes Petrus de: Practica nova judicialis