Thomas Aquinas: Quaestiones de quodlibet I-XII.

[Rome:  Georgius Lauer, ca. 1470]
Fol.   [16 2-710 88 910 108 11-2110 22-238].   [218] leaves, the first blank.
ISTC it00182000;  Goff T182;  BMC IV 36;  Bod-inc T-143.

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian Bf.1.6 (see main library entry for this item)
Provenance: Metz, Lorraine, Celestine Monastery (suppressed 1774):  ownership inscriptions on a vellum leaf (a former pastedown now bound up as a flyleaf at rear) “Istud volume[n] est conuent[us] b[ea]te marie celesti[n]or[um] de metis.   Thomas de aq[ui]no.” - below which, in a different hand, an inscription with shelfmark “Celestinor[um] de metis D [or N?] 3”;  inscription at lower margin of 2/3r (f.9r) “Istud volume[n] est co[n]ue[n]t[us] b[ea]te marie celestinor[um] de metis Thomas de aq[ui]no;  a different shelfmark “C. 33” is written at the top margin of 1/2r followed by a later Celestine provenance inscription “[...] Celestine de Mete".
Louis Jean Gaignat (1697-1768), Secretary to King Louis XV:  Gaignat sale, 1769;  lot 263 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 for 29 livres 2 sous;  see 'Dessain-Hunter correspondence' (University of Glasgow Library, MS Gen. 36, f.24v).
University of Glasgow:  Hunterian bequest, 1807;  Hunterian Museum bookplate on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “Ak.3.5”.
Binding: France, 18th-century blue morocco decorated with triple gold fillets, a small gold fleuron at each corner;  gilt-edged leaves;  marbled endpapers;  pink silk bookmark.   Size:  335 x 238 mm.
Leaf size: 324 x 224 mm.
Annotations: Two-line rubric written in a 15th-century hand at the top of 2/1r (f.7r) “Incipiunt duodecim quodlibeta beati thome de aquino disputata circa an[n]um domini millesimu[m] cc.lxxij.” and a one-line rubric “Tabula ... quodlibetorum.” at the head of 1/2r.  Several early annotations in the lower margins of verso leaves in gathering 3 relating to the sequence of the text are all neatly scored through. Early manuscript numbering "1" to "7" in the top corner of each recto leaf in gatherings 2-17 identifying the first seven quodlibets;  in addition, a more detailed early manuscript numbering of the individual quaestiones of the first quodlibet is given in the centre of the top margin of each recto and verso leaf from 2/1r (f.7r) to 3/6r (f.22r) (absent on 2/4r i.e. f.20r).
Decoration: A seven-line initial “Q” on 2/1r (f.7r) is supplied in red and blue with reserved white and is set on a square ground of pink pen-work extending into the margin;  nine principal initials supplied in red and blue with reserved white;  numerous smaller initals and paragraph marks supplied in red or blue. 
Imperfections: Wanting the first blank leaf.

Rubric and decorated initial in Thomas Aquinas: Quaestiones de quodlibet I-XII