Bartholomaeus Anglicus: De proprietatibus rerum.
[Basel: Berthold Ruppel, ca. 1479-80]
Fol. [112 2-710 86 910 10-118 12-1610 1712 18-2210 234].  leaves, 1 and 217 blank.
ISTC ib00132500; Goff B130; BMC III 716; Bod-inc B-059; GW 3402.
Dated by P.L. Van der Haegen, 'Basler Wiegendrucke' (Basel: 1985), no. 8 - ISTC; undated in Goff; GW dates ca. 1470, and BMC to the 1480s.
|Shelf-mark:||Sp Coll Ferguson Ag-x.11 (see main library entry for this item)|
|Note:||The Tabula (gathering 23) is bound at the beginning.|
|Note:||Printer's pin-holes visible.|
|Provenance:||John Bellingham Inglis (1780-1870): with his typical cut-outs pasted onto front pastedown (cf. Walsh 3456, 3686, 3764), including an engraved armorial shield with the Inglis family motto “Recte faciendo securus”.
Charles Inglis, M.D., son of the above (19th century): forename given as “Charles” by Bod-inc, Oates and Walsh, but Lilian G. Clark, 'Collectors and owners of incunabula in the British Museum', gives his forename as “Cornelius” who “sold part of his father’s collection in 1871 and another part as well as his own books in 1900”.
William Horatio Crawford (1815-1888), of Lakelands, Cork: armorial bookplate on front pastedown; lot 1366 (“blind tooling in the old style, gilt edges, by Faulkner”) in the 'The Lakelands Library: catalogue of the rare & valuable books ... of the late W.J. Crawford ... Lakelands, Co. Cork. Which will be sold by auction, by ... Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge ... on Thursday, the 12th of March, 1891 ...' [London: 1891]; sold for £18.0.0 to Sotheran according to the annotated BL copy of the Lakelands Library catalogue - shelfmark S.C.S. 1006.
Sotheran, Henry Cecil (1861-1928), bookseller, London: see above.
John Ferguson (1837-1916), Professor of Chemistry, University of Glasgow: source unknown - perhaps bought from Sotheran.
University of Glasgow: Ferguson collection purchase, 1921.
|Binding:||England, 19th-century blind-stamped calf decorated in a 15th/16th-century style; black endpapers; gauffered gilt-edged leaves; brown silk bookmark; watermark on rear flyleaf of an armorial shield surmounted by a fleur-de-lys and with the monogram “J W” below; countermark on front flyleaf “J WHATMAN || TURKEY MILL || 1823”; binder’s ticket on front pastedown “Bound by J. [altered in pen to “S”] Faulkner, 8, Queen Street, Little Tower Hill”. Size: 402 x 285 mm.|
|Leaf size:||387 x 275 mm.|
|Annotations:||Foliated (with errors) in red ink in a 15th/16th-century hand “1”-“212” from 1/2-22/10; running book numbers supplied in red in the form “Li” (versos) “1”-“19” (rectos); occasional evidence on recto leaves of a second sequence of running book numbers in arabic numerals in brown ink (mainly cropped); pencil annotation on rear endpaper “Perfect H Gosden(?)”; part of a letter identifying the printer from S. Leigh Sotheby to John Inglis tipped-in at front; extract from a French catalogue pasted onto to front pastedown “Edition antérieure à 1480, mais dont on ne connaît pas la date. Imprimée avec des caractères gothiques, à 2 colonnes, de 60 à 61 lignes; elle contient 215 ff., plus 3 de table, sans chiffres, réclames ni signatures”; also on front pastedown is an extract from an English sale catalogue relating to an edition “s.l. et a. sed Coloniae, circa 1470” with a manuscript note “S.S. 7.2.70 - £13. - Ellis”.|
|Decoration:||Initials supplied throughout in red or in red with reserved white, many with marginal flourishes; paragraph marks and capital strokes in red throughout; grotesque face drawn in red ink on 9/6r (f. 84r); frequent guide-letters in brown ink.|