Nider, Johannes: Praeceptorium divinae legis, sive Expositio decalogi.

[Cologne:  Ludwig von Renchen, ca. 1485]
Fol.   a10 b-i8 k6 l-p8 q6 r-s8 t6 v8 x8 y6 z8810.   [196] leaves.
ISTC in00212500;  GW M26914;  BMC I 268 (IB. 4502).

GIP number: N14
Shelf-mark: Sp Coll  Bh6-e.1 (see main library entry for this item)
Provenance: Matthew Melrose (early 16th century), chaplain in Edinburgh at St Giles:  ‘Iste liber p[er]tenit [sic] dominus [sic] mat[h]aius myllross capellanus in ecclesia sancta iudia(?) Qui legit hunc librum deus f[avet](?)’ on ↄ10v;  see Durkan & Ross, Early Scottish Libraries, p. 181;  partially obliterated inscription on original rear flyleaf (possibly ‘[…] Myllross’).
University of Glasgow:  source unknown;  Old Library shelfmark ‘H.f.4.n.14’ on a1r and on a2r matching entry in Catalogus librorum Bibliotheca Universitatis Glasguensis anno 1691;  shelfmark ‘BO.6.1’ on book-plate matching entry in A. Arthur, Catalogus impressorum librorum Bibliothecae Universitatis Glasguensis (Glasguae: 1791).
Binding: Low Countries, 15th/16th-century;  blind-tooled calf over oak boards.  On both covers intersecting triple fillets form a centre panel and two frames;  the panel is divided by diagonal intersecting fillets into lozenges and triangles which are each decorated with separate stamps including a circular stamp of a double rose, a smaller stamp of a single rose, a lozenge-shaped stamp of a double-headed eagle, a lozenge-shaped fleur-de-lys stamp, and two other lozenge-shaped foliate stamps;  the frames are decorated with some of the same stamps and additionally a six-pointed star and an octagonal trefoil stamp;  remains of two clasps, catch plates on front board;  spine covering lost;  six nail holes forming an oblong shape on front cover are evidence for a now lost horn window displaying a title.  J.B. Oldham, Notes on bindings in the Hunterian and general libraries in Glasgow University (1938), p. 3bis, identifies the binding as Weale R.322.  Rebacked with goatskin and restored by Anthony Gardner, Nov. 1966 (see apologia on rear flyleaf).   Size:  292 x 215 mm.
Leaf size: 279 x 199 mm.
Annotations: Occasional marginal annotations in 15th/16th-century hands;  occasional nota marks.
Decoration: Initials and paragraph marks supplied in red or blue throughout.
Imperfections: None.

Front cover from Nider, Johannes: Praeceptorium divinae legis