Vincentius Bellovacensis: Speculum naturale.
[Strassburg: The R-Printer (Johann Mentelin and Adolf Rusch), not after 15 June 1476]
Part I: [1-210 38 4-1210 138 14-1910 208 21-3010 31-328 33-3810].  leaves (1/1, 38/10 blank). Part II: [18 2-1410 156 168 17-3210 33-348].  leaves (34/8 blank).
ISTC iv00292000; Goff V292; BMC I 64 (IC. 682); Bod-inc V-139.
|Shelf-mark:||Sp Coll Ferguson Ap-x.3, 4 (see main library entry for this item)|
|Note:||The hand-stamped signatures printed very low down in the bottom right-hand corner in some copies (cf. Walsh 77) are not visible in this copy.|
|Note:||The two parts bound separately.|
|Provenance:||John Ferguson (1837-1916), Professor of Chemistry, University of Glasgow: source unknown; initials and acquisition date “JF. 23. IIJ. 83” in pencil on front pastedown of volume I; annotation “S 13026” in pencil by Ferguson on rear pastedown of volume I; from the uniform bindings and shelfmark annotations, presumably bought as a set with Ap-x.5, 6 (Vincentius Bellovacensis, Speculum historiale. [Strassburg]: Johann Mentelin, ).
University of Glasgow: Ferguson collection purchase, 1921.
|Binding:||Late 18th-century russia; covers bordered with triple gold fillets; gold-tooled spines; dark green-edged leaves; uniform with the binding on Ap-x.5, 6 (Vincentius Bellovacensis, Speculum historiale. [Strassburg]: Johann Mentelin, ). Size: 485 x 340 mm.|
|Leaf size:||468 x 321 mm.|
|Annotations:||Marginal annotations in a 16th-century hand from gatherings 14-36 of part I (none in part II); occasional evidence of early manuscript signatures in both parts; slight evidence in part I of numbering of gatherings in arabic numerals in an early hand in top right-hand corner of first recto; 18th/19th-century shelfmarks on front free endpapers: “LL.1.3” in ink in volume I, scored through and replaced in pencil with “73.G.4”, “LL.1.4” in volume II replaced with “73.G.5”; number “365” in pencil in a 19th-century hand on front pastedown of volume I and number “325” in pencil on front pastedown of volume II.|
|Decoration:||On 1/2r of part I a twelve-line initial “Q”, which is supplied in red and blue with reserved white, is set within a frame of greenish-blue and red pen-work which extends into the inner margin, and, within the body of the initial, foliate decoration in red pen-work with reserved white on a brownish-yellow background; other principal initials supplied in a similar style throughout in both parts; smaller initials and paragraph marks supplied throughout in alternate red and blue; capital strokes in red throughout; running book numbers supplied in red and blue, running headings in red.|
|Imperfections:||Wanting the first and final blank leaves of part I; wanting the final blank leaf of part II.|