Valla, Laurentius: Elegantiae linguae latinae.
Add: De pronomine sui.
Brescia: Statius Gallicus, 23 Mar. 1475.
Fol. a-u8 x-y10 z8.  leaves. The signatures, which are hand-stamped, are set far down in the outer corner of the page.
ISTC iv00053000; GW M49267; Goff V53; BMC VII 964 (IB. 31032); Bod-inc V-028.
|Shelf-mark:||Sp Coll Hunterian Bh.1.16 (see main library entry for this item)|
|Provenance:||William Hunter (1718-1783), physician and anatomist: source unknown.
University of Glasgow: Hunterian bequest 1807; Hunterian Museum bookplate and book label on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “X.1.4”.
|Binding:||16th-century blind-tooled pigskin over partially bevelled wooden boards. Each cover has a central panel formed by fillets, within which a repeated vine-like tool with tendrils (Rautengerank) forms characteristic pointed oval shapes, each filled with a foliate tool; the panel is set within two frames - the inner frame consists of a foliate(?) roll within triple fillets, and the outer frame is undecorated; spine compartments decorated with Rautengerank tool; evidence of two clasps (both now lost); manuscript title on fore-edge and on lower edge of text block; 18th-century pastedowns, free endpapers and flyleaves, which have watermark arms of Amsterdam and countermark ‘B DUMAS || FIN || PERIGORD || 1742’. Size: 319 x 220 mm.|
|Leaf size:||308 x 215 mm.|
|Annotations:||Annotation on a1r “L. Valla natus Romae 1417”.|
|Decoration:||On a1v a six-line initial ‘L’ is supplied in pink; the initial is set on a square gold ground, the latter decorated with punch-dotting and a geometrical pattern and highlighted with a faceted border in blue, from which foliate decoration in green, pink, blue and gold extends into the outer and upper margins.|