Scriptores historiae Augustae.

Edited by Bonus Accursius.

Contents: Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus: Vitae XII Caesarum; Aelius Spartianus: De vita Hadriani; Julius Capitolinus, Vulcatius Gallicanus, Aelius Lampridius, Trabellius Pollio and Flavius Vopiscus: De regum ac imperatorum Romanorum vita; Eutropius and Paulus Diaconus: Historia Romana.

Milan:  Philippus de Lavagnia, 1475.
Fol.   2 vols.   Part I:  A10 B-M8 N-O6;  Part II:  2A6 2B-R8 2S10 3A-E8 3F10.   [304] leaves.   A1, O6, 2A1, 2S10, 3F9, 3F10 are blank leaves.
In two parts, dated:  I) 20 July 1475;  II) 22 Dec. 1475.
ISTC is00340000; GW M44203; Goff S340; BMC VI 702 (IB. 26112); Bod-inc S-117; CIBN S-487; BSB-Ink S-229.

GIP number: S19
Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian  Ds.2.6-7 (see main library entry for this item)
Note: Printer's pin-holes visible.
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;  no. 4711 in his 'Catalogus bibliothecae Harleianae', vol. 1 (London:  1743) and no. 1147 in vol. 3 (London: 1744).
Anthony Askew (1722-1774), physician and classical scholar:  Askew sale, 13 Feb. 1775 onwards;  lot 1932 in 'Bibliotheca Askeviana …' (London:  Baker & Leigh, 1775).
William Hunter (1718-1783), physician and anatomist:  purchased by Hunter at the Askew sale for £23.10.0 according to the annotated copy of the Askew sale catalogue in University of Glasgow Library (shelfmark Mu36-c.8).
University of Glasgow:  Hunterian bequest, 1807;  Hunterian Museum bookplate on front pastedown of each volume, with former shelfmarks Ag.6.14 and Ag.6.15.
Binding: England, 18th-century gold-tooled red goatskin, bound for Lord Harley by an unidentified binder.   On the covers of both volumes triple fillets form two concentric frames:  within the outer frame is an ornamental roll, and within the inner frame an ornamental roll containing fleur-de-lys and feather-shaped motifs.   Each cover has a lozenge-shaped centre-piece, made up of several individual tools;  gilt turn-ins.   Both volumes rebacked;  original spine coverings not preserved or recorded.   Some of the tools used show similarities with the Chapman and Elliott tools illustrated in Nixon, ‘Harleian bindings’, pls 14 & 15, but none is identical.   Gilt-edged leaves;  marbled endpapers.    Size:  338 x 237 mm.
Leaf size: 328 x 227 mm.
Annotations: Early marginal annotations (mostly so heavily washed out as to be unreadable) on some leaves;  two lines of Greek in an early hand inserted on A10v;  18th-century shelfmarks “232 H-5” and “233 H-5” written in ink on verso of front free endpapers respectively.
Decoration: On A6r a seven-line illuminated initial “A” in red, blue and brown on a gold square ground with floral decoration;  from the initial there extends into the inner margin a border of a gold ground decorated with flowers in blue, pink and green;  the square ground of the initial and the border are edged with black.   A similar six-line illuminated initial “O” on  2B1r of Part II.   Numerous illuminated initials throughout, particularly in Part II, mostly decorated with floral motifs but occasionally with a purely geometric pattern.   The illuminations appear to be 15th/16th-century north Italian.
Imperfections: Wanting the first blank leaf and the final blank leaf of Part I, the first blank leaf and the final two blank leaves of Part II;  the signatures are placed far down in the lower right-hand corner of the page and in this copy many have been cropped by the binder.

Decorated initial "S" from Scriptores historiae Augustae