Ovidius Naso, Publius: Opera.

Edited by Johannes Andreas de Bussis, bishop of Aleria.

Rome:  Conradus Sweynheym and Arnoldus Pannartz, [not before 18 July 1471]
Fol.   Part I:  [1-1710 188].   [178] leaves (18/8 blank).  Part II:  [1-310 46 58 610 78 86 9-1510 168 17-2410 25-268 27-3110 32-338].   [308] leaves (1/1 blank).
ISTC io00127000;  GW M28573;  Goff O127;  BMC IV 14 (IB. 17175);  Bod-inc O-038;  CIBN O-79.

GIP number: O10
Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian Be.1.7 (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;  Osborne’s price in pencil “£5-5-0” in top right-hand corner of first front flyleaf (which does not have the top corner excised);  no. 3848 (“Metamorphosis & Fasti”) in Osborne’s Catalogus bibliothecae Harleianae, vol. 1 (London:  1743).
Louis-Jean Gaignat (1697-1768), Secretary to King Louis XV:  Gaignat sale, 1769;  lot 1645 in Guillaume de Bure, Bibliographie instructive:  supplément ... ou catalogue des livres de feu M. L.J. Gaignat, 2 vols (Paris:  1769).
William Hunter (1718-1783), physician and anatomist:  purchased by Hunter at the Gaignat sale through his agent, Jean-Baptiste Dessain, for 30 livres 5 sous;  see Dessain-Hunter correspondence (University of Glasgow Library, MS Gen 36, f. 24r).
University of Glasgow:  Hunterian bequest, 1807;  Hunterian Museum bookplate on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “AK.2.7”.
Binding: England, 18th-century gold-tooled red goatskin;  bound for Lord Harley by Jane Steel.   On both covers triple fillets form a frame, within which is a deep border made up of separate tools (though none  is amongst the Jane Steel tools illustrated in Nixon, ‘Harleian bindings’, pl. 10);  both covers have a lozenge-shaped centre-piece, made up of several individual tools, one of which (an acorn-shaped tool) is Nixon, ‘Harleian bindings’, pl. 10, Steel no. 3.   The head and foot of the spine are decorated with Nixon, ‘Harleian bindings’, pl. 10, Steel roll 2, and a roll not illustrated by Nixon;  the spine compartments are decorated with several individual tools including Nixon, ‘Harleian bindings’, pl. 10, Steel nos 1a and 1b;  edges and turn-ins decorated with Steel roll 2;  marbled endpapers.   Size:  347 x 242 mm.
Leaf size: 332 x 225 mm.
Annotations: Fairly frequent marginal annotations (mainly extracting keywords) in part I in several 16th-century hands, together with occasional underlining and nota marks;  very occasional marginal annotations (extracting keywords) and underlining in the Fasti of part II.
Decoration: In quires 1-3 of part I a few initials supplied in red (with guide-letters visible in brown ink), together with paragraph marks, occasional running book numbers and selected capital strokes;  no further decoration thereafter in part I and none in part II.
Imperfections: Part I containing the Metamorphoses is complete;  part II contains the Fasti only i.e. wanting all before quire 27 (ff. 1-242).

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