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].   [198] leaves.
Woodcut printer’s device in red.
ISTC iv00023000;  Goff V23;  BMC I 27;  Bod-inc V-007.

Two copies held by the University of Glasgow.

Copy 1

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:  on free front endpaper “Del Duca di Cassano”.
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.
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.
Imperfections: None.

Printer's device in Valerius Maximus, Gaius: Facta et dicta memorabilia

 

Copy 2

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.
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 morocco 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, pointing hands 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.
Imperfections: None.

Illuminated initial in Valerius Maximus, Gaius: Facta et dicta memorabilia