Petrarca, Francesco: De viris illustribus [Italian]. Libro degli uomini famosi.
Translated by Donato degli Albanzani.
Pojano: Felix Antiquarius and Innocens Ziletus, 1 Oct. 1476.
Fol. [*4 a10 b8] c-h8 k8 l-m6 o-p8 /8 ſſ8 S-V8 X-Y6 [rum]6 q-x8 &8 Z10 z10.  leaves.
ISTC ip00415000; Goff P415; BMC VII 1073; Bod-inc P-173.
|Shelf-mark:||Sp Coll Hunterian Bf.2.7 (see main library entry for this item)|
|Variant:||[a1r] (leaf [5r]) has the same variant setting of type as the second copy described in BMC VII 1073 (IB 32902).|
|Provenance:||Manfredi Maldenti (fl. early 17th century) - see British Library, Database of Italian Academies: signature on [*1r] (leaf [1r]) “Manfredi Maldenti 1607”.
Louis Jean Gaignat (1697-1768), Secretary to King Louis XV: Gaignat sale, 1769; lot 3494 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 70 livres 1 sou; 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 “At.4.4”.
|Binding:||France, 18th-century red morocco decorated with triple gold fillets, a small gold fleuron at each corner; gold-tooled spine; marbled endpapers; gilt-edged leaves; turquoise silk bookmark. Housed in a green buckram-covered box. Size: 313 x 229 mm.|
|Leaf size:||303 x 217 mm.|
|Annotations:||Leaves - foliated in ink in a 17th-century hand “1”-“236”; the same hand has supplied folio numbers to the list of contents on [*1r] (leaf [1r]); single marginal annotation on g4r “al’r senegaia” - this is the same note that has been written in the two BMC copies and was “no doubt” added in the printer’s office (see BMC VII 1073).|
|Decoration:||Seven-line initial “R” on [a1r] (leaf [4r]) supplied in red with blue pen-work decoration; each line of the list of contents on [*1r] (leaf [1r]) supplied with paragraph marks in alternate red and blue; see Lilian Armstrong, 'Petrarch's famous men in the early Renaissance: the illuminated copies of Felice Feliciano's edition' (London: 2016), p. 172, no. 16, and plate 31b.|