Pius II, Pont. Max.: Epistolae in Cardinalatu editae.

Rome:  Johannes Schurener, de Bopardia, 14 July 1475.
4to.   [1-310 4-88 96].   [76] leaves, the first blank.
ISTC ip00710000; GW M33680; Goff P710; BMC IV 57 (IB. 17759); Bod-inc P-324; CIBN P-418; BSB-Ink P-526.

GIP number: P59
Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian Bg.2.20 (see main library entry for this item)
Bound with: The first of three incunabula bound together.   Bound with:  (2)  Pius II, Pont. Max., Dialogus de somnio quodam.  Rome:  Johannes Schurener, de Bopardia, 11 Sept. 1475.  (3)  Pius II, Pont. Max., Historia Bohemica.  Rome:  Johannes Schurener, de Bopardia, and Johannes Nicolai Hanheymer, de Oppenheym, partly for Johannes Aloisius Tuscanus, 10 Jan. 1475.
Provenance: Louis Jean Gaignat (1697-1768), Secretary to King Louis XV:  Gaignat sale, 1769;  lot 2564  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 60 livres;  see 'Dessain-Hunter correspondence' (University of Glasgow Library, MS Gen. 36, f. 26r).
University of Glasgow:  Hunterian bequest, 1807;  Hunterian Museum bookplate on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “Ad.8.6”.
Binding: France, 18th-century red goatskin decorated with triple gold fillets, a small gold fleuron at each corner;  gold-tooled spine;  marbled endpapers;  gilt-edged leaves;  turquoise silk bookmark.   Size:  273 x 200 mm.
Leaf size: 268 x 190 mm.
Annotations: Manicules on 2/2r (f. 12r) and 2/10v (f. 20v).
Decoration: On 1/2r a seven-line initial “D” is supplied in gold on a square ground of white-vine decoration filled in with crimson, blue and green and bordered with gold, the white-vine extending into all four margins;  at the centre of the decoration of the lower margin is a green laurel wreath (the space within left blank);  other initials supplied in alternate red and blue throughout.
Imperfections: Wanting the first blank leaf.


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