Valerius Maximus, Gaius: Facta et dicta memorabilia.
Mainz: Peter Schoeffer, 14 June 1471.
Fol. [1-310 412 510 612 7-910 1012 (10/11+1) 11-1310 148 1510 1610 (16/9+1) 17-1810 1912].  leaves.
Woodcut printer’s device in red.
ISTC iv00023000; GW M49160; Goff V23; BMC I 27 (IB. 157); Bod-inc V-007; CIBN V-15; BSB-Ink V-12; Walsh 7, 8.
Two copies held by the University of Glasgow.
|Shelf-mark:||Sp Coll BD7-d.21 (see main library entry for this item)|
|Variants:||1/1r, lines 2-3 (printed in red): ‘... iuriſp[er]itiſſimi! in librū || facto[rum] et dictor[rotunda]um ...’ as BMC not ‘... iuriſp[er]itiſſimi ī librū || factorū et dictorū ...’ as H15774*; 14/5v (f. 142v), line 1: ‘En quem ...’ as Walsh 7, not ‘Eum quē ...’ as Walsh 8; 19/12r (f. 198r), lines 2-3 of colophon (printed in red): ‘... M.cccc.lxxi. || .xviij. kalēdis ...’ as BMC, not ‘... M.cccc.lyyi. || .yxiij. kalēdis ...’ as H15774*.|
|Note:||Printer's pin-holes visible throughout.|
|Provenance:||Giuseppe Serra (d. before 1826), Duca di Cassano: ‘Del Duca di Cassano’ on front free endpaper; see ‘Catalogo dell’ edizioni del sec. XV. esistenti nella biblioteca del Duca di Cassano Serra’ (Napoli: 1807), p. 41.
George John Spencer (1758-1834), 2nd Earl Spencer: in 1819/20 the 2nd Earl Spencer bought the whole of Cassano’s library and subsequently sold Cassano and other duplicates at several sales; probably lot 329 in the Spencer duplicate sale (March 1821); sold for £1.5.0 to Thorpe; see the annotated British Library copy of the sale catalogue.
Thomas Thorpe (1791-1851), bookseller, London.
Augustus Frederick (1773-1843), Duke of Sussex: armorial bookplate on front pastedown with ink shelfmark “VI.R.d.22” (superseding an earlier shelfmark scored out in ink); lot 1208 in 'Bibliotheca Sussexiana', pt. V (1845); sold for £1.12.0 according to the annotated copy of the sale catalogue in University of Glasgow Library (shelf-mark BD17-e.15).
Maurice Ogle & Son, Booksellers, Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow (1832-1871): bookseller’s ticket on rear pastedown: “M. Ogle & Son, Booksellers, 1. Royal Exchange Sqr. Glasgow”.
William Euing (1788-1874), insurance broker, Glasgow: purchased from Ogle 2 Sept. 1845 according to Euing’s pencil acquisition note and price code on verso of front free endpaper “2. 9/45 Og eb/f”.
University of Glasgow: presented by Euing in 1872 according to University Library bookplate on front pastedown.
|Binding:||18th-century black calf, decorated with double gold fillets, a small gold fleuron at each corner; gold-tooled spine with red leather title labels; marbled endpapers; marbled edges; green silk bookmark. Size: 290 x 208 mm.|
|Leaf size:||279 x 202 mm.|
|Annotations:||Early inscriptions on 1/1r so washed out as to be illegible; vestiges of early signatures; manuscript slip pasted onto front free endpaper ‘Valerius Maximus Moguntina - Petrus Schoyffer 1471 Celle-ci est communement regardée pour la première édition de cet auteur. Elle est très estimée et très rare. Wurdtwein Biblioth. Moguntina p. 101’.|
|Decoration:||A six-line initial ‘V’ on 1/1r is supplied in faded red and brown with reserved white, a red ink flower in the body of the initial and with faded red ink flourishing extending into the margin; several other principal initials supplied in red and brown with reserved white; numerous smaller initials and paragraph marks supplied in red; running book numbers and chapter headings in red.|
|Shelf-mark:||Sp Coll Hunterian Bx.2.3 (see main library entry for this item)|
|Variants:||1/1r, lines 2-3 (printed in red): as H15774* not as BMC; 14/5v (f. 142v), line 1: ‘Eum quē ...’ as Walsh 8, not ‘En quem ...’ as Walsh 7; 19/12r (f. 198r), lines 2-3 of colophon (printed in red): as BMC, not as H15774*.|
|Note:||Printer’s pin-holes visible throughout. Stubs showing between 10/1 and 10/2 (ff. 95 and 96) and between 16/1 and 16/2 (ff. 156 and 157).|
|Provenance:||Camille Falconet (1671-1762), physician, of Lyon, son of Noel, grandson of André: inscription on 19/12r (f. 198r) “Camill. falconet, aggr[egatus] lugd[uni], natal[is] fili[us] Andr[eae] nepos 1693”.
Louis Jean Gaignat (1697-1768), Secretary to King Louis XV: Gaignat sale, 1769; lot 3521 (bound in “mar. r.” i.e. red morocco) 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 151 livres; see 'Dessain-Hunter correspondence' (University of Glasgow Library, MS Gen. 36, f. 26r).
University of Glasgow: Hunterian bequest, 1807; Hunterian Museum bookplate and book label on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “Aa.6.8”.
Note: Hunter apparently had a second copy of this edition, which he purchased through his agent, Jean-Baptiste Dessain, for 180 livres 1 sou at the La Vallière sale - lot 5536 in G.F. de Bure, 'Catalogue des livres provenans de la bibliothèque de M.L.D.D.L.V.', 2 vols (Paris: 1767); see 'Dessain-Hunter correspondence' (University of Glasgow Library, MS Gen. 36, f. 5v). However, the binding of the La Vallière copy is described in the printed sale catalogue as “relié en bois”; it is no longer in the Hunterian Library.
|Binding:||France, 18th-century red goatskin decorated with triple gold fillets, a small gold fleuron at each corner; gold-tooled spine; marbled endpapers; gilt-edged leaves; turquoise silk bookmark; front flyleaf has bunch of grapes watermark and date 1742; rear flyleaf has countermark “MGIS” and “FIN”. Size: 293 x 215 mm.|
|Leaf size:||282 x 203 mm.|
|Annotations:||Frequent marginal annotations in a 15th/16th-century hand; occasional “Nota” marks, manicules and underlining; the misprint “Eum” on line 1 of 14/5v (f. 142v) - see variants - is corrected by hand; evidence of two sets of early manuscript signatures in the upper and lower outer corners of some leaves; running book and chapter numbers in gatherings 1-5; manuscript notes on the printer by Camille Falconet on 19/12r (f. 198r).|
|Decoration:||On 1/1r a six-line initial “U” is supplied in purple with added white tracery and is set on a rectangular blue ground also with white tracery, which is edged in gold - the initial having an infill of entwined flowers in purple and blue on a gold background; other principal initials supplied throughout in gold on a square purple ground with added white tracery, and with infill of blue with white tracery, or with the colours reversed; smaller initials and paragraph marks throughout supplied in alternate red and blue.|