Serrata, Leonardo della: Gracchus et Poliscena comoedia.

Schussenried:  [Printer of 'Gracchus et Poliscena'], 1478.
Fol.   [18 26].   [14] leaves.
ISTC ib01245000;  Goff B1245;  BMC II 568;  Bod-inc B-574;  GW 5610.

The type used is that of the Printer of Henricus Ariminensis (Georg Reyser?), later passing to Michael Greyff at Reutlingen (BMC II p.xv (reprint) and Amelung, 'Frühdruck', I p.xix).
Attributed to Leonardus Brunus Aretinus but the true author is Leonardo della Serrata (G. Nonni, in 'Giornale italiano di filologia', 5 (1974) pp.278 ff., H.-W. Nürenberg, in Humanistica Lovaniensia, 24 (1975) pp.5-8).   The work is also known as 'Calphurnia et Gurgulio comoedia'.

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian Bg.3.22 (see main library entry for this item)
Variant: 2/6v (f.14v), line 15 (colophon):  “... jn mona┼┐terio ...” as in BMC and GW, not “... in monad┼┐terio ...” as in Bod-inc.
Provenance: Louis Jean Gaignat (1697-1768), Secretary to King Louis XV:  Gaignat sale, 1769;  lot 1736 in Guillaume de Bure, 'Bibliographie instructive:  supplément ... ou catalogue des livres de feu M. L.J. Gaignat', 2 vols (Paris:  1769) – where colour of binding described as “mar. r.”
William Hunter (1718-1783), physician and anatomist:  purchased by Hunter at the Gaignat sale through his agent, Jean-Baptiste Dessain, for 63 livres;  see 'Dessain-Hunter correspondence' (University of Glasgow Library, MS Gen. 36, f.25r) – where colour of binding described as “M: Bl:”
University of Glasgow:  Hunterian bequest, 1807;  Hunterian Museum bookplate on front pastedown, with former shelfmarks “Au.4.3” and “Bx.2.22”.
Binding: France, 18th-century blue morocco decorated with triple gold fillets, a small gold fleuron at each corner;  gold-tooled spine;  gilt-edged leaves;  marbled endpapers;  flyleaves have watermark of a suspended post-horn within a shield surmounted by a French crown - below which “FIN 1758” - and a countermark with the names N. Berube and G. Derouen.   Size:  294 x 210 mm.
Leaf size: Leaf size:  288 x 203 mm.
Annotations: Number “3” in ink in an early hand at extreme lower outer corner of 1/1r and a cropped number "4" on 2/1r (f.9r), probably indicating that this text had previously been bound up with another or other texts.
Decoration: Text enclosed within red ink rules throughout.
Imperfections: None.


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