Solinus, Gaius Julius: Polyhistor, sive De mirabilibus mundi.

[Paris]:  Au Soufflet Vert (Louis Symonel et Socii), [ca. 1475]
4to.   [14 2-510 612 7-1010 1112].   [108] leaves.
ISTC is00617000;  Goff S617;  CIBN S-303;  BMC VIII 15;  Bod-inc S-245.

The Library of Congress copy has MS date 1476;  CIBN dates to ca. 1474-5.

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian Bx.3.17 (see main library entry for this item)
Variant: [a1r] (leaf [5r]), lines 3-5:  “VE DE SITV ORBIS AC MVN || DI MIRABILIBVS LIBER ; || [C]Vm et aurium clemētia et optimarū”, which is a different setting from that recorded in BMC (cf. Bod-inc S-245);  [h5r] (leaf [81r]), line 1:  uncorrected “ſte poteſtas ...” - not the corrected version “eſt poteſtas ...” cf. CIBN S-303.
Provenance: Henricus Nivellanus (15th/16th century):  inscription on 11/12v (f. 108v) “Henricus niuellanus”.
Robert Hoblyn (1710-1756), politician:  Hoblyn sale, 2 Mar. 1778 onwards;  lot 4738 (“Solinus. s.l. s.a. edit. perantiq.”) in 'Bibliotheca Hoblyniana ...' (London:  Baker & Leigh, 1778);  with Hoblyn’s acquisition note on verso of front free endpaper “38d (ῶ) 1745/6” and his shelfmark “Q11-33” (the latter preceded on a separate line by the letter “D” which has been scored through).
William Hunter (1718-1783), physician and anatomist:  purchased by Hunter at the Hoblyn sale for £1.1.0 according to the annotated BL copy of the Hoblyn sale catalogue - shelfmark S.C.S. 11(4).
University of Glasgow:  Hunterian bequest 1807;  Hunterian Museum bookplate on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “Af.10.32”.
Binding: 18th-century speckled calf decorated with gold fillets to form two concentric rectangles, the inner rectangle has a gilt ornament at each outer corner and an inner border made by a blind floral roll;  marbled endpapers.   Size:  197 x 133 mm.
Leaf size: 190 x 127 mm.
Annotations: Marginal annotations in a 16th-century hand in gathering 2;  sample letters of the alphabet in red ink in an early hand on 11/12v (f. 108v).
Decoration: Some initials at the beginning of chapters supplied in brown ink in an early hand.
Imperfections: Wanting the first gathering.


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