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].  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.|