Thomas à Kempis: Imitatio Christi.

Add:  Johannes Gerson:  De meditatione cordis.

[Nuremberg:  Anton Koberger], 1492.
8vo.   [*8] a-z8.   [192] leaves;  leaf [8] and the final two leaves blank;  leaves [9]-[190] numbered “i”-“i82”.
ISTC ii00027000;  Goff I27;  BMC II 436.

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll BD15-i.23 (see main library entry for this item)
Provenance: Joannes Hacker (fl. 1622):  inscription in dull red ink on [*1r] (leaf [1r]) “Joannes Hacker Juris Vtriusq[ue] Licentiat[us] me suum esse uult et habet ... A[nn]o D[omi]nj 1622. H.” and pasted on to [*1v] (leaf [1v]) a woodcut label bearing an armorial shield, hand-coloured in black (or oxidized silver), yellow and purple, with blank scrolls above and below hand-coloured in purple, with the handwritten name of Joannes Hacker in dull red ink inserted in the lower scroll, and with a handwritten motto in the upper scroll;  several marginal annotations by Hacker in dull red ink (extensive on h5v and h6r);  authorial note by Hacker in red ink above title on [*1r] (leaf [1r]) “Thomae de Kempis”.
Georg Joseph Nidermayr (17th century):  inscription on free front endpaper “Ex libris Georgij Josephi Nidermayr”.
Munich, Augustinian Hermits, SS. Johannes Baptista et Evangelista (founded 1294, dissolved 1803):  inscription on [*1r] (leaf [1r]) “Conventûs Monac:  Ord: Ere: S. Aug.ni 1698”.
Munich, Royal Library (now Bayerische Staatsbibliothek):  “Dupl” in pencil on free front endpaper;  probably from the Royal Library, Munich - cf. Bod-inc A-550 for a similar provenance.
John Mozley Stark (fl. 1851-1888), bookseller, stationer, printer, and publisher, Hull & London:  sold book to William Euing.
William Euing (1788-1874), insurance broker, Glasgow:  purchased from Stark 2 July 1868 according to Euing’s pencil acquisition note with price code on free front endpaper “2 7 68 Stark ab/f ” together with his inventory number “No 3739”;  source confirmed in Euing’s acquisitions inventory (University of Glasgow Library, MS Euing 49).
University of Glasgow:  Euing bequest, 1874.
Binding: Germany, 15th/16th-century blind-tooled pigskin over wooden boards, bevelled edges;  covers decorated with a centre panel and two frames, the tooling heavily worn;  blind-tooled spine;  remains of two brass clasps;  dark green-edged leaves;  paper label added to spine with manuscript title and remains of a second label probably bearing a shelfmark.   Size: 136 x 95 mm.
Leaf size: 126 x 88 mm.
Annotations: Frequent underlining in dull red ink and some underlining in black;  several marginal annotations in dull red ink (see Provenance);  marginal note in black ink in a different hand at foot of t1r;  a few marginal ‘nota’ marks in black ink;  inscription ‘Prouerbium. Libratim vt aiunt morbi veniunt vnceatim abeunt’ (from Aeneas Sylvius Piccolomini (Pius II) Epist. CXLVI), followed by German translation, on [*1r];  numbers ‘187’ on front pastedown and ‘193’ on front free endpaper, both in pencil.
Decoration: Initials supplied in red throughout.
Imperfections: Wanting the blank leaves z7 and z8.

Hand coloured woodcut armorial shield in Thomas à Kempis: Imitatio Christi