Albertus Magnus [pseudo-]: Secreta mulierum et virorum (cum expositione Henrici de Saxonia).

[Venice:  Adam de Rottweil], 24 June 1478.
4to.   [1-78].   [56] leaves.
ISTC ia00319000;  Goff A319;  BMC V 249;  Bod-inc A-140;  GW 763.

“Of the text of the De secretis mulierum (variously ascribed to Albertus Magnus and to Henricus de Saxonia in the early editions) only the first few words in each chapter are quoted.” - BMC.

Two copies held by University of Glasgow.

Copy 1

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Ferguson Ah-b.23 (see main library entry for this item)
Provenance: Michele Cavaleri (ca. 1813 - ca. 1875), lawyer and founder of a private museum in Milan (cf. Needham IPI):  circular bookstamp “Museo Cavaleri” on 1/1r.
Wilfrid Michael Voynich (1865-1930), bookseller, London:  pencil number "N13 329" on front pastedown i.e. item 329 in Voynich catalogue 13;  sold book to John Ferguson.
John Ferguson (1837-1916), Professor of Chemistry, University of Glasgow:  Ferguson’s note in pencil of his supplier “W M V” on rear pastedown;  acquisition date not specified.
University of Glasgow:  Ferguson collection purchase, 1921.
Binding: Italy, 17th-century speckled sheep;  fragmentary evidence of a gilt spine title.   Size:  198 x 150 mm.
Leaf size: 194 x 147 mm.
Annotations: Frequent marginal annotations in two hands (16th/17th century);  frequent “nota” marks;  first leaf of each gathering signed in a 16th-century hand "a" - "g";  foliated in a 17th-century hand “i” - “55” (leaves 40 and 41 both numbered “40”);  unread 17th-century ownership inscription in ink on front free endpaper with date “1679”;  letter “n” in ink at foot of 1/1r;  19th-century pencil number “a32” on front pastedown and a 19th-century price code “f/f/-” in pencil on rear pastedown.
Decoration: None.
Imperfections: None.

Ownership stamp in Albertus Magnus [pseudo-]: Secreta mulierum et virorum (cum expositione Henrici de Saxonia)

Copy 2

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Ferguson Ah-a.22 (see main library entry for this item)
Provenance: Munich, Royal Library (now Bayerische Staatsbibliothek):  probably a duplicate;  19th-century annotations "Inc. 118" and "Dpl"(?) in pencil on 1/1r.
John Ferguson (1837-1916), Professor of Chemistry, University of Glasgow:  Ferguson’s acquisition date in pencil “June 29 1882” below colophon on 7/8v;  source unknown.
University of Glasgow:  Ferguson collection purchase, 1921.
Binding: England, 19th-century purple morocco;  marbled endpapers;  gilt spine title;  gilt turn-ins;  gilt-edged leaves;  binder’s stamp in gilt on turn-in at foot of front cover “Bound by Ramage”.   Size:  212 x 151 mm.
Leaf size: 208 x 145 mm.
Annotations: Frequent pointing hands and “nota” marks, both in red ink, in gatherings 1-4;  “nota” marks in brown ink in a different hand in gatherings 6-7, with a marginal annotation in the same hand on 6/7v (f.47v);  evidence of 16th-century signatures in some gatherings;  foliated in a 16th-century hand “1” - “56”.
Decoration: None.
Imperfections: None.

Nota marks in Albertus Magnus [pseudo-]: Secreta mulierum et virorum (cum expositione Henrici de Saxonia)