Vincentius Bellovacensis: Speculum historiale.
[Strassburg]: Johann Mentelin, 
Fol. Part I: [1-1710].  leaves (1/1 and 17/10 blank). Part II: [1-1510 16-198.12 206 2110].  leaves (21/9-10 blank(?)). Part III: [1-1910 2012].  leaves (1/1 blank). Part IV: [1-1810 198 2010 21-228].  leaves (22/8 blank).
Signatures have been stamped in with type at the bottom right-hand corners of leaves at irregular distances from the text: all gatherings in each part being signed with the same letter, “d” in part I, “a”, “b” and “c” in parts II-IV respectively - see BMC.
ISTC iv00283000; GW M50587; Goff V283 (parts III and IV only); BMC I 57 (IC. 547); Bod-inc V-132; CIBN V-186; BSB-Ink V-201; Polain(B) 3941.
In four parts: I-III) [undated]; IV) 4 Dec. 1473.
Two copies held by the University of Glasgow.
|Shelf-mark:||Sp Coll Ferguson Ap-x.5, 6 (see main library entry for this item)|
|Variant:||Part I, 1/4r, col. 1, lines 1-2: “... FRA||TRIS ...” as in Polain(B), not as BMC without line break.|
|Note:||The make-up of quires 16-21 of part II of this copy (which differs from Polain(B), and BMC) is based on the sewing of the quires.|
|Note:||Bound in two volumes, dividing after part II.|
|Provenance:||John Ferguson (1837-1916), Professor of Chemistry, University of Glasgow: source unknown; from the uniform bindings and shelfmark annotations, presumably bought as a set by Ferguson on 23 Mar. 1883 with Ap-x.3, 4 (Vincentius Bellovacensis, Speculum naturale. [Strassburg: The R-Printer (Adolf Rusch), not after 15 June 1476]).
University of Glasgow: Ferguson collection purchase, 1921.
|Binding:||Late 18th-century russia; covers bordered with triple gold fillets; gold-tooled spines; dark green-edged leaves; uniform with the binding on Ap-x.3, 4 (Vincentius Bellovacensis, Speculum naturale. [Strassburg: The R-Printer (Adolf Rusch), not after 15 June 1476]). Size: 483 x 335 mm.|
|Leaf size:||467 x 325 mm.|
|Annotations:||Brief marginal annotation on 16/4v (f. 154v) of part II; “nota” mark and underlining on 22/3r (f. 209r) of part IV; occasional manuscript signatures visible in part IV; 18th/19th-century shelfmarks on front free endpapers: “LL1.1” in ink in volume I, scored through and replaced in pencil with “73G.2”, “LL1.2” in volume II replaced with “73G.3”; number “370” in pencil in a 19th-century hand on front pastedown of volume I and number “412” in pencil on front pastedown of volume II.|
|Decoration:||On 1/4r of part I a nine-line initial “Q”, which is supplied in red and blue with reserved white, is set within a frame of purple and red pen-work which extends into the inner margin, and, within the body of the initial, foliate decoration in green and red; numerous other principal initials supplied in a similar style throughout both parts (some infilled with floral and animal designs); smaller initials and paragraph marks supplied throughout in alternate red and blue; capital strokes in red throughout; running book numbers supplied in red and blue, running headings in red.|
|Imperfections:||Wanting the blank(?) leaves 21/9-10 (ff. 205-206) of part II, the blank leaf 1/1 of part III, and the blank leaf 22/8 (f. 214) of part IV.|
|Shelf-mark:||Sp Coll Bh5-a.15 (see main library entry for this item)|
|Note:||Many of the stamped signatures are cropped.|
|Provenance:||University of Glasgow: source unknown; shelfmark “AO f1 nii [i.e. 11]” on 2/2r (f. 12r) of part III matching entry annotated “Manc” in 'Catalogus librorum Bibliothecae Universitatis Glasguensis anno 1691' (University of Glasgow Library, MS Gen. 1313); shelfmark “BC.2.1” on the same leaf matching entry in A. Arthur, 'Catalogus impressorum librorum in Bibliotheca Universitatis Glasguensis' (Glasguae: 1791).|
|Binding:||Scotland, 20th-century brown cloth; gilt spine title and oval gilt stamp of Glasgow College Library at foot of spine; modern endpapers and flyleaves (no surviving evidence of originals); earlier red-edging of leaves preserved. Size: 430 x 300 mm.|
|Leaf size:||419 x 290 mm.|
|Annotations:||Title “Speculum historiale” in a 17th-century hand on 2/2r (f. 12r) of part III.|
|Decoration:||Numerous decorated initials have all been torn out; partial evidence of the original decoration survives in the inner margin of 11/7r (f. 107r) of part IV; smaller initials and paragraph marks supplied in alternate red and blue throughout; chapter headings underlined in red; capitals washed in yellow throughout; running book numbers in blue and red.|
|Imperfections:||Parts III and IV only. Part III: wanting 1/1-4, 1/8-10, 2/1, 3/1, 3/10, 4/2, 6/1-10, 12/10, 20/3-11 (ff. 1-4, 8-11, 21, 30, 32, 51-60, 120, 193-201). Part IV: wanting 1/5, 2/4-7, 4/1-2, 10/5-6, 14/2-3, 14/6, 14/8, 15/7, 20/1-2, 20/8-22/8 (ff. 5, 14-17, 31-32, 95-96, 132-133, 136, 138, 147, 189-190, 196-214); 20/6-7 (ff. 194-195) severely mutilated, with loss of text.|