Vergilius, Polydorus: Proverbiorum libellus.

Venice:  Christophorus de Pensis, de Mandello, 6 Nov. 1500.
8vo.   a-h8 i4.   [68] leaves.
Woodcut initials.
ISTC iv00148000; GW M50150; Goff V148; BMC V 473 (IA. 23518); BSB-Ink V-141.

GIP number: V19
Shelf-mark: Sp Coll  BC7-y.11 (see main library entry for this item)
Bound with: The fourth of four works bound together.   Bound with:  (1) Grapaldus, Franciscus Marius, De partibus aedium.  [Parma]:  Angelus Ugoletus, [1494?];  (2) Beroaldo, Filippo, Orationes et carmina.  Bologna:  [Benedictus Hectoris], 31 July 1502;  (3) Vergilius, Polydorus, De inventoribus rerum.  Venice:  Joannes Tacuinus, 13 July 1503.
Provenance: Ambrosius of Bernstadt, Silesia (16th century):  inscription on a1r of first item in volume (lightly scored through) “Liber Ambrosij bernstadie[n]sis [...]”
L.G.:  16th-century woodcut coat of arms pasted onto a1r of first item in volume depicting, within a shield, a bear on whose back is seated a woman with flowing hair, wearing a crown and dressed in royal attire, and with her arms upraised;  a second representation of the woman appears above the shield showing her standing with her upraised arms flanked by the initials “L” and “G”.   Arms identified as Rawa/Rawicz coat of arms of Polish origin, used by several families and many individuals – see
Sir William Hamilton (1788-1856), Professor of Logic and Metaphysics, University of Edinburgh:  source unknown.
University of Glasgow:  Hamilton collection donation, 1878.
Binding: Germany, 16th-century wooden boards, blind-tooled parchment spine decorated with a repeated vine-like tool with tendrils (Rautengerank) to form characteristic pointed oval shapes, and furthered decorated with a separate foliate stamp;  two clasps (both lost except for the two chased brass catch plates surviving on the front board);  16th-century manuscript titles on upper and lower edge of text block;  without pastedowns;  parchment strips from a rubricated manuscript used to line joints;  parchment tabs separate the four works;  pasted onto the inner front board is a 16th-century woodcut of St John as bishop, with halo, mitre and crozier, open book in his hands, and with his emblem, an eagle, standing at his feet;  16th-century woodcut of zodiac man pasted onto inner rear board;  a 19th-century paper title label added to spine;  partial extract from a 19th-century German bookseller’s catalogue pasted onto inner front board (without item number or price, binding described as ‘hlzbd’).   Size: 216 × 152 mm.
Leaf size: 206 x 148 mm.
Annotations: Single keyword on b5v.
Decoration: None.
Imperfections: None.

Manuscript fore-edge title on Vergilius, Polydorus: Proverbiorum libellus