Seneca, Lucius Annaeus: Epistolae ad Lucilium.

Paris:  [Au Soufflet Vert (Louis Symonel et Socii)], 1475.
4to.   [14 2-1510 168 17-2110 224 (22/4+1)].   [207] leaves.
ISTC is00377000; GW M41284; Goff S377; BMC VIII 15 (IA. 39228); Bod-inc S-131; CIBN S-188.

GIP number: S24
Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian By.3.36 (see main library entry for this item)
Note: Stub showing between 21/10 and 22/1.
Variant: The type of quire 17 is the first state, without the gothic form of the letter "d", and the first two lines of 17/1r (f. 153r) read "Exemplis et rationibus docet de morte non eſſe || curandum ..." - cf. Bod-inc.
Provenance: Thomas Mahieu/Maiolus (d. after 1584), secretary to Catherine de Médicis, 1549-60:  see 'Binding'.
Louis Jean Gaignat (1697-1768), Secretary to King Louis XV:  Gaignat sale, 1769;  lot 2550 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 12 livres;  see 'Dessain-Hunter correspondence' (University of Glasgow Library, MS Gen 36, f. 26r).
University of Glasgow:  Hunterian bequest, 1807;  Hunterian Museum book label and bookplate on front pastedown, with former shelfmark "Y.10.7".
Binding: France, mid 16th-century olive green gold-tooled goatskin with a design of uncoloured interlacing;  gold-tooled flat spine;  gilt-edged leaves;  titled on front cover "L  ANNEI || SENECE || EPISTOLAE" and at the foot is the legend "THO MAIOLI ET AMICOR";  in the centre of  the rear cover is Mahieu's monogram "TDM" - cf. Mirjam M. Foot, 'The Henry Davis Gift:  a collection of bookbindings', vol. 1, p. 186, p. 190 note 14, and G.D. Hobson, 'Maioli, Canevari and others', p. 41-42 (Group V, section B).   Size:  204 x 139 mm.
Leaf size: 198 x 134 mm.
Annotations: Occasional underlining and manicules in quire 2;  16th-century shelfmark “Y.11” and another unread letter or symbol in the same hand on 2/2r (f. 6r);  annotation “Argu[men]ta Epistolar[um]” on front free endpaper;  letters Lxi-Lxxvii are numbered in manuscript in the absence of a printed numeration.
Decoration: Six-line initial "I" on 2/1r (f. 5r) supplied in red, blue, and reserved white on a square ground of red and blue pen-work;  other initials and paragraph marks supplied in red or blue throughout.
Imperfections: Wanting the preliminary quire containing the Tabula.

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