Avicenna: De animalibus

Translated by Michael Scotus.

[Venice:  Johannes and Gregorius de Gregoriis, de Forlivio, ca. 1500]
Fol.   a-f8 g6.   [1], 2-54 leaves. Woodcut initials.
ISTC ia01416000;  Goff A1416;  BMC V 352;  Bod-inc A-634;  GW 3112.

Two copies held by the University of Glasgow.

Copy 1

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Ferguson An-y.2 (see main library entry for this item)
Provenance: Wilfrid Michael Voynich (1865-1930), bookseller, London:  catalogue extract from 'A first list of books offered for sale by W.M. Voynich ... July, 1898' (item 231, price £2) mounted on front pastedown;  torn printed label on spine with number "[2]31".
John Ferguson (1837-1916), Professor of Chemistry, University of Glasgow:  pencil acquisition note on front pastedown “John Ferguson May 17 1900” and Ferguson’s pencil note of his supplier on rear pastedown “Voynich”;  additional pencil note by Ferguson on front pastedown “Everything comes to him who can wait (when he knows what he is waiting for.)   This gives me all M. Scot’s books wh. were printed.”
University of Glasgow:  Ferguson collection purchase, 1921.
Binding: England, late 19th century, green paper-covered boards;  Whatman watermark on front free endpaper.  Size:  305 x 211 mm.
Leaf size: 299 x 203 mm.
Annotations: Single marginal annotation in Latin in a 16th-century hand on a5v;  pencil note “Perfect No. 669” on front pastedown (not in Ferguson’s hand).
Decoration: None.
Imperfections: None.

 

Woodcut initial and annotations in Avicenna: De animalibus

Copy 2

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Ferguson An-y.7 (see main library entry for this item)
Provenance: James Tregaskis (1850-1926), bookseller, London:  sold book to John Ferguson.
John Ferguson (1837-1916), Professor of Chemistry, University of Glasgow:  pencil acquisition date on front pastedown “JF 4 April 1912” and Ferguson’s pencil note of his supplier on rear pastedown “Tregaskis”.
University of Glasgow:  Ferguson collection purchase, 1921.
Binding: Late 19th/early 20th-century half black morocco, purple cloth sides;  sprinkled red-edged leaves.   Size:  290 x 197 mm.
Leaf size: 282 x 187 mm.
Annotations: A few marginal annotations (cropped by binder) in a 17th/18th-century hand;  number and code in pencil (not in Ferguson’s hand) on front pastedown “721 l/ms/-”.
Decoration: None.
Imperfections: None.

 

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