Priscianus: Opera.

Edited by Benedictus Brognolus.

Venice:  For Michael Manzolus, 15 Dec. 1481.
Fol.   a10 b-g8.6 h-i6 k-r8.6 ſ8 s6 t8 v8 u-y8 z6 &8 [con]6 [rum]8 aa-dd6.8 ee8 ff6 gg-pp8 qq10.   [326] leaves, the first blank.
ISTC ip00966000; GW M35395; Goff P966; BMC V 315 (IB. 21817); Bod-inc P-455.

Contents:  De octo partibus orationis;  De constructione;  De duodecim carminibus;  De numeris;  De ponderibus et mensuris;  De versibus comicis;  De declinationibus.   Add:  (Pseudo-) Priscianus:  De accentibus.   (Pseudo-) Hermogenes:  De praeexercitamentis rhetorices.   Rufinus Antiochensis:  De metris comicis;  De litteraturis;  De compositione et metris oratorum.   Dionysius Periegetes:  De situ orbis.   Translated by Priscianus.

GIP number: P90
Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian By.2.10 (see main library entry for this item)
Note: The binder has misplaced quire u before quire v.
Provenance: Carolus Waltman (fl. 1581):  motto and inscription on a1r “Non omnibus dormio.   Ex libris Caroli Waltman An[n]i M.D.Lxxxi”.
Konstanz, Germany, Jesuits (founded 1562):  inscription on a2r “Collegij Societatis Jesv Constantiæ. 1622”.
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;  top corner of first front flyleaf cut off - as in many other Harleian volumes - probably by Osborne to remove his earlier price (cf. J.B. Oldham, 'Shrewsbury School bindings', p.114);  no. 769 in his 'Catalogus bibliothecae Harleianae', vol. 5 (London:  1745).
Philip Carteret Webb (1702-1770), barrister, FSA, FRS:  armorial bookplate on verso of front free endpaper;  Webb's shelfmark “D-5” in ink on first front flyleaf;  lot 2045 in 'A catalogue of the very valuable library of Phillip Carteret Webb ... which will begin to be sold by auction, by S. Baker and G. Leigh ... on Monday, February the 25th, 1771 ...' [London:  1771].
William Hunter (1718-1783), physician and anatomist:  probably bought at the Webb sale.
University of Glasgow:  Hunterian bequest 1807;  Hunterian Museum bookplate on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “B.6.3”.
Binding: England, 18th-century gold-tooled red goatskin;  bound for Lord Harley by Christopher Chapman.   On both covers triple fillets form two concentric frames:  within the outer frame is an ornamental roll (Nixon, ‘Harleian bindings’, pl. 14, Chapman roll 2), and within the inner frame are two ornamental rolls (Nixon, ‘Harleian bindings’, pl. 13, and pl. 14, Chapman roll 1);  both covers have a lozenge-shaped centre-piece, made up of several individual tools (including Nixon, ‘Harleian bindings’, pl. 15, Chapman nos 5, 14a, and 14b).   The head and foot of the spine are decorated with Chapman roll 2 (Nixon, ‘Harleian bindings’, pl. 14), and the tools used in the spine compartments include Nixon, ‘Harleian bindings’, pl. 15, Chapman nos 1a, 1b, and 8;  the turn-ins are decorated with Chapman roll 2;  marbled endpapers;  flyleaves have watermark of a crown above initials “G R”.   Size:  309 x 212 mm.
Leaf size: 295 x 204 mm.
Annotations: Frequent marginal annotations in various early hands;  frequent underlining, occasional “nota” marks and manicules;  running book numbers “1”-“8” in an early hand up to r3r;  running headings in red (with gaps).
Decoration: Eight-line initial “C” on a2r supplied in light purple with foliate decoration in dark purple, the body of the letter decorated in green and dull gold with foliate decoration in black, the outer margin of a2r decorated with a flower in similar colours;  similarly decorated initials on b4r, d1v, e2r, f3v, h3r, l2r.
Imperfections: None.

Decorated initial in Priscianus: Opera