Poggius Florentinus: Facetiae.
[Venice: Christophorus Valdarfer, ca. 1470]
4to. [16 210 3-98 1010].  leaves, the first blank.
ISTC ip00854300; BMC V 184; Bod-inc P-409.
|Shelf-mark:||Sp Coll Hunterian Bw.3.18 (see main library entry for this item)|
|Provenance:||Louis Jean Gaignat (1697-1768), Secretary to King Louis XV: Gaignat sale, 1769; lot 2131 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 74 livres 1 sou; see 'Dessain-Hunter correspondence' (University of Glasgow Library, MS Gen. 36, f.25v).
University of Glasgow: Hunterian bequest, 1807; Hunterian Museum bookplate on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “A.7.19”.
|Binding:||France, 18th-century red morocco decorated with triple gold fillets, a small gold fleuron at each corner; marbled endpapers; gilt-edged leaves; turquoise silk bookmark. Size: 265 x 182 mm.|
|Leaf size:||258 x 175 mm.|
|Annotations:||Single marginal annotation in a 16th-century hand on 2/5r (f. 11r); occasional pointing hands; several substantial passages of text scored through; foliated in an early hand in arabic numerals “1-76” beginning on 2/1r (f. 7r); on 10/10v (f. 82v) are added two couplets in a humanist hand - the first headed “Disticom in Laura[m]” opens with the words “Balnea Laura bibit ut sit fecunda ...”|
|Decoration:||A five-line initial “M” supplied in silver (now oxidized) on 2/1r (f. 7r) is embellished with white vine decoration defined in crimson and green with white dotting; the white vine decoration extends into the inner and lower margins on a background of dark blue with white dotting; the lower border is further outlined in crimson and at the centre of the border is an empty shield. Other initials supplied throughout in alternate red and washed-out blue; many of the initials have been wrongly identified by the rubricator and corrections in small letters have been added later in brown ink.|
|Imperfections:||Wanting the blank first leaf.|