Vergilius Maro, Publius: Opera. Bucolica, Georgica, Aeneis. 

With the commentary of Servius.   Includes Maphaeus Vegius’s Liber XIII, and the texts of the ‘Appendix Vergiliana’.

Venice: Jacobus Rubeus, Jan. 14[75/76].
ISTC iv00166000; GW M49800; Goff V166; BMC V 214 (IB. 20073); Bod-inc V-087; CIBN V-115.

On the various states of the date in the colophon (‘M.CCCC.LXXY’, ‘M.CCCC.LXXX’, and the correct date ‘14[75/76]’) see Dennis E. Rhodes, ‘Early printed books in Greece’, 'The Library', 5th ser., 30 (1975), 189.

GIP number: V22
Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian Bh.1.3  (see main library entry for this item)
Note: Printer’s pin-holes visible.
Provenance: William Hunter (1718-1783), physician and anatomist:  source unknown.
University of Glasgow:  Hunterian bequest 1807;  Hunterian Museum bookplate on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “T.4.1”.
Binding: England, 18th-century blind-tooled reversed calf;  covers decorated with a double fillet and two different rolls to form a three-panel design;  red leather title label on spine;  sprinkled red-edged leaves.   Size: 335 x 235 mm.
Leaf size: 325 x 228 mm.
Annotations: Occasional marginal annotations and interlinear corrections in a 16th-century hand;  occasional manicules including a ten-line pen-and-ink drawing of a man with pointing hand in the inner margin of 12/9v (f. 117v);  occasional evidence of early signatures;  foliated (with occasional errors) “1”-“234” in a 16th-century hand.
Decoration: On 1/2r a twelve line initial “V” is supplied in silver (worn and revealing a pink underlay) and is set on a rectangular blue and green ground (also worn);  preliminary pen-and-ink sketches of a putto standing on a column and holding aloft an urn form the outer border of the same page;  the lower border consists of a green laurel wreath flanked at each side by sea-horses in pen-and-ink and with a rudimentary coat arms sketched within the wreath;  the upper border is a band of green laurel leaves;  at the inner margin is a simple vertical line of silver and blue which continues as a frame for the upper, outer and lower borders;  some offsetting from this decorated page is visible on 1/9v;  on 1/5v an eleven-line initial “B” is supplied in gold on a square ground of white-vine decoration defined in crimson, blue and green, which extends into the inner and upper margins;  a similarly decorated five-line initial “T” is supplied on 1/6r and a four-line initial “A” on 6/9v (f. 59v);  other initials supplied in alternate red and blue throughout.
Imperfections: Wanting the first blank leaf and quire 24-29.

Unfinished border decoration in Vergilius Maro, Publius: Opera