Geber [pseudo-]: Summa perfectionis magisterii.
Add: Liber trium verborum. [Pseudo-] Alexander Magnus: Epistola, 'Quidam breviter dicunt'. Parabola super lapide philosophorum. [Pseudo-] Geber: De investigatione magisterii. Six alchemical poems in Latin and Italian (some attributed to Cecco d'Ascoli and Elia da Cortona).
[Rome: Eucharius Silber, 1486-90]
4to. [1-148 1510].  leaves, the first blank.
ISTC ig00112000; Goff G112; BMC IV 124; Bod-inc G-052; GW 10566.
Dated by BSB-Ink. GW dates ca. 1486-88, Goff ca. 1483-90, and IGI ca. 1500.
According to Bod-inc (following William R. Newman, 'The Summa perfectionis of Pseudo-Geber: a critical edition, translation and study', Leiden: 1991), the probable author of the tracts attributed to Geber was Paulus de Tarento.
Two copies held by University of Glasgow.
|Shelf-mark:||Sp Coll Ferguson An-y.10 (see main library entry for this item)|
|Provenance:||Jean Antoine Colladon-Martin (1755-1830), Swiss pharmacist and chemist: book label on front pastedown.
Jacques Rosenthal (1854-1937), bookseller, Munich: sold book to John Ferguson.
John Ferguson (1837-1916), Professor of Chemistry, University of Glasgow: purchased from Rosenthal; Ferguson’s acquisition note on front pastedown “J. Ferguson Glasgow Nov. 28 1893” and note of his supplier “Rosenthal” on rear pastedown.
University of Glasgow: Ferguson collection purchase, 1921.
|Binding:||Italy, 15th/16th-century blind-tooled brown goatskin over wooden boards; covers decorated with a border formed from two sets of quadruple fillets enclosing a chain-pattern roll; quadruple fillets form a central panel decorated with a reticulated design formed from diagonal lines of repeated crosses; spine decorated with blind fillets to form lozenge shapes; top spine compartment missing but fragments of a later paper label once attached to it are visible on both covers; two chased brass and red leather clasps, with chased catch plates on rear board; evidence at the upper and lower edges of each board of two ties (now lost); parchment guards from a medieval manuscript visible on free endpapers. Size: 219 x 150 mm.|
|Leaf size:||210 x 146 mm.|
|Annotations:||Copious marginal annotations and underlining in 16th-century hands; frequent pointing hands and “nota” marks; occasional interlinear corrections of text; foliated in a 16th-century hand from 1/2 onwards “1”-“120” (“61” repeated), with a manuscript index referring to that foliation beginning on verso of front free endpaper and continuing on the first blank leaf; motto “In vitiu[m] ducit culpae fuga” (from Horace, 'De arte poetica') on verso of front free endpaper.|
|Decoration:||Marginal drawings of furnaces and distillation vessels in gatherings 5 and 6.|
|Shelf-mark:||Sp Coll Ferguson Ah-a.73 (see main library entry for this item)|
|Bound with:||Perhaps once bound with a copy of Antonius Zeno, De natura humana. Venice: 1491 - see under Annotations and Binding.|
|Provenance:||Anthonius/Antoine Mauclercg (17th century): 'Sum Antonij Mauclercg' (lightly scored through) on 1/2r (repeated on 1/1r but final part of name damaged).
Metz, Lorraine, Benedictines, S. Arnulfus (S. Arnould): 'S. arnulphi metensis 1754' on 1/2r.
John Ferguson (1837-1916), Professor of Chemistry, Glasgow University: source unknown; 'John Ferguson January 19. 1887' in pencil on first front flyleaf.
Ferguson collection purchase, 1921.
|Binding:||19th-century quarter brown calf, decorated paper-covered sides; gold-tooled spine; marbled endpapers; leaf 15/10 (f.122) and a front flyleaf both mounted - the latter, from evidence of an identical wormhole and 16th-century inscriptions, has probably an early association with the opening leaves of gathering 1. Size: 210 x 137 mm.|
|Leaf size:||202 x 133 mm.|
|Annotations:||Two titles in a 16th-century hand on the early front flyleaf “Geber de metallis” followed by “Antonij Zeni de embrione et natura humana”, beneath which is a note on Geber’s text (in a different hand) with the date 1570; late 15th/early 16th-century manuscript signatures “a”-“p” (first and third leaves of each gathering signed); foliated in ink in an 18th-century hand (with errors); 19th-century price codes in pencil on rear free endpaper “ee/o” and “no/” and also the letter “B”.|
|Imperfections:||Upper half of the first blank leaf torn off.|