Tractatus quidam de Turcis.
[Rome: Johannes Schurener, de Bopardia, ca. 1474-75]
4to. [110 2-48].  leaves.
ISTC it00501000; GW M48130; Goff T501; BMC IV 57 (IA. 17779); CIBN T-306; BSB-Ink T-435.
Entered under title (following Bod-inc T-236 and BSB-Ink T-435); many authorities enter under Turci.
|Shelf-mark:||Sp Coll Hunterian By.3.11 (see main library entry for this item)|
|Note:||Known in two variants. Variant A, of 42 leaves, collates [18 210 3-58]; variant B, of 35 leaves, collates [110+1 2-48]. Like the BMC copy, the Glasgow copy is variant B and lacks a preliminary quire of 8 leaves, with preface and summary of contents, described in Hain *15680 (and present in a Bayerische Staatsbibliothek digitized copy). See BMC’s description, which offers an explanation for the missing first quire (replaced in the BMC copy by a single-leaf summary, which is lacking in the Glasgow copy). In the Glasgow copy six leaves from the first quire (1/3-8, beginning ‘in manus eor[um] cūcta regna ...’ and ending ‘... dicens in hunc modum.’) are misbound between 1/2 and 1/3 of the fourth item in the volume, De captione urbis Constantinopolitanae [Rome: Johannes Gensberg, c. 1474].|
|Bound with:||The third of four incunabula bound together. Bound with: (1) Pius II, Pont. Max., De duobus amantibus Euryalo et Lucretia. [Rome: Johannes Gensberg, ca. 1474] (2) Pius II, Pont. Max., De curialium miseria. [Rome: Bartholomaeus Guldinbeck or Wendelinus de Wila, not after Aug.] 1475. (4) Pius II, Pont. Max., De captione urbis Constantinopolitanae. [Rome: Johannes Gensberg, ca. 1474].|
|Provenance:||Louis Jean Gaignat (1697-1768), Secretary to King Louis XV: Gaignat sale, 1769; lot 2231 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 19 livres 2 sous; see 'Dessain-Hunter correspondence' (University of Glasgow Library, MS Gen. 36, f. 25v).
University of Glasgow: Hunterian bequest 1807; Hunterian Museum bookplate on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “A.9.27”.
|Binding:||France, 18th-century blue goatskin decorated with triple gold fillets, a small gold fleuron at each corner; gold tooled spine; marbled endpapers; gilt-edged leaves; pink silk bookmark. Size: 206 x 141 mm.|
|Leaf size:||200 x 137 mm.|
|Annotations:||Quires numbered in ink very faintly "10-12" in top outer corner of first recto.|
|Decoration:||Four initials supplied in colour (the colour completely washed out) including a three-line initial “C” on 1/1r whose red pen-work decoration, however, has survived; guide letters visible in brown ink.|
|Imperfections:||See Note above.|