Cassianus, Johannes: De institutis coenobiorum.

Add:  Collationes patrum XXIV.

Basel: [Johann Amerbach, after 24 Sept.] 1485.
Fol. Part I: [*10] A-B8 C-F6.8 G8. Part II: a-b8 c-e6 f8 g6 h-i8 k6 l8 m6 n-t8 v6. [208] leaves.
Woodcut.
ISTC ic00233000; Goff C233; BMC III 748; Bod-inc C-102; GW 6160.

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll T.C.L f1 (see main library entry for this item)
Provenance: Jacobus Sadlerus(?) (fl. 1488): inscription on [*1r] “p[ro] xxxvj s[olidis] emimus de Iacobo Sadl[er]o(?) p[ro] nob[is] Anno d[omi]ni m cccc lxxxviij in die mathie ap[osto]li”.
Thomas Arthur (fl. 1856-1876), bookseller, London: sold book to William Euing.
William Euing (1788-1874), insurance broker, Glasgow: purchased from Arthur 23 Mar. 1872 according to Euing’s pencil acquisition note and price code “23 3 72 Arthur bh/-” on [*1r] together with his inventory numbers “No 5619” and “147”.
Free Church College Library, Glasgow (later Trinity College Library), founded 1856: oval embossed ownership stamp “Free Church College Library, Glasgow” on [*1] and on [*10]; Trinity College Library shelfmark “40/A3” in pencil on front pastedown; almost certainly presented to the College by William Euing.
University of Glasgow: Trinity College Library placed on permanent deposit in University of Glasgow Library in 1974 by the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.
Binding: 15th/16th-century blind-tooled calf over wooden boards;  the design of both covers consists of a centre panel surrounded by two frames formed from intersecting double fillets;  the centre panel is divided by a double fillet into triangular and lozenge-shaped compartments with a small rosette stamp at each intersection of the fillets;  the panel and the two frames are decorated with numerous separate tools including a rosette, three different-sized roundels each containing a six-petalled flower, a roundel containing an eagle, various lozenge-shaped stamps - of a stag, a griffin, a fleur-de-lys, a thistle-like plant, a paschal lamb, and of the Virgin holding a palm leaf and the infant Jesus;  evidence of two fore-edge clasps, both now lost;  evidence from nail holes that the edges of the four outer corners were protected with metal strips (all now lost);  numerous red and green paper tabs, and several parchment tabs sealed at the outer end;  rebacked in the 19th/20th century and given new pastedowns and endpapers (originals not preserved).   Size: 310 x 217 mm.
Leaf size: 296 x 212 mm.
Annotations: Marginal annotation in a 17th-century hand on l4r regarding Collatio XIII;  very occasional “nota” marks;  signature E3, misprinted “E4”, is corrected in pen-and-ink;  19th-century biographical notes on Cassianus on front free endpaper;  extracts from two booksellers’ catalogues mounted on rear pastedown - one relating to the Plantin, 1578 edition of Cassianus, the other relating to a 13th-century manuscript of Cassianus on vellum.
Decoration: A seven-line initial “V” on A1r is supplied with a foliate design in shades of blue outlined in white, and is set on a square ground with a foliate design in shades of purple with white outline;  numerous principal initials throughout supplied in a similar style in a variety of colours (purple on a red ground, purple on blue, green on red, green on purple, red on purple);  a few large initials also supplied in blue with reserved white and set on a ground of red pen-work;  smaller initials throughout supplied mainly in red, a few in blue;  running headings and chapter headings underlined in red.
Imperfections: None.

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