Valerius Maximus, Gaius: Facta et dicta memorabilia.
[Venice]: Vindelinus de Spira, 1471.
Fol. [110 28 312 4-68 74 (7/4+1) 8-108 1110 1212 1310 148]. 123 leaves, the last blank.
ISTC iv00024000; Goff V24; BMC V 156; Bod-inc V-008.
|Shelf-mark:||Sp Coll Hunterian Bf.2.3 (see main library entry for this item)|
|Note:||Printer's pin-holes visible.|
|Provenance:||François Bonivard (1493-1570), Swiss patriot and historian: inscription on 1/1r “Franciscus Boniuardus” and on 14/7v (f. 122v) “Boniuardi sum ex hereditate patruj”; on lower margin of 1/3r Bonivard’s painted coat of arms: argent, a cross sable charged with five shells argent - above which, at the left hand side, a mitre, and at the right hand side, the crook of a crosier.
William Hunter (1718-1783), physician and anatomist: source unknown.
University of Glasgow: Hunterian bequest 1807; Hunterian Museum bookplate, with former shelfmark “At.1.6”.
|Binding:||England(?), 18th-century gold-tooled red morocco. On both covers two ornamental rolls form a frame; gold-tooled spine, edges and turn-ins; gilt-edged leaves underlaid with marbling; marbled endpapers; green silk bookmark; rear flyleaf has a bunch of grapes watermark. Size: 315 x 224 mm.|
|Leaf size:||309 x 213 mm.|
|Annotations:||Several lines on 1/1r referring to passages in the text in the hand of the early owner, François Bonivard; a few marginal annotations in the same hand, some of which have been deliberately erased and some cropped by binder; occasional “nota” marks; vestiges of early signatures visible; an 18th-century shelfmark in pencil on the front flyleaf “LV.B.9”.|
|Decoration:||Painted coat of arms on the lower margin of 1/3r - see Provenance - surrounded on both sides by elaborate floral decoration in red, blue, purple, green and silver (now oxidized); on 1/3r a seven-line initial “V” supplied in blue on a square ground containing an elaborate foliate design in red, blue and yellow which extends into inner and top margins; initials supplied in red or blue throughout (most with guide letters still evident); paragraph marks supplied in red throughout the body of the text (red or blue in the “Rubricae”).|
|Imperfections:||Wanting the final blank leaf.|