Bartholomaeus Anglicus: De proprietatibus rerum.

Cologne:  Johann Koelhoff, the Elder, 19 Jan. 1483.
Fol.   [*]10 a10 b-d8 e10 f-x8 y10 z8 A-R8 S10 T-Y8 Aa-Dd8 Ee-Ff6 Gg-Ll8 Mm10.   [472] leaves, 11 and 472 blank.
ISTC ib00136000;  Goff B136;  BMC I 225;  CIBN B-100;  GW 3408.

 

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Ferguson Ag-y.8 (see main library entry for this item)
Variants: Some copies are recorded in which on U5r there is displacement of words in the final line of each column of text:  in this copy U5r, col. 1, final line begins correctly “tiſſimum ...”;  and U5r, col. 2, final line begins correctly  “ventoſitatis ...”;  U5r, col. 2, penultimate line reads “... nulli[us] ē odoris ...” not “... meli[us] ē odoris ...” - cf. CIBN.
Provenance: E. V., or possibly E. Y. (17th century?):  inscription on [*1r] beginning “Sum” followed by a name which has been overwritten at a later date with another name - both heavily scored through - and continuing in a later hand “ex dono E V [or E Y] Dominus Videt Gen. 22”.
Ellis & Elvey, booksellers, 29 New Bond Street, London:  sold book to John Ferguson.
John Ferguson (1837-1916), Professor of Chemistry, University of Glasgow:  Ferguson’s pencil acquisition note on front free endpaper “John Ferguson October 1901” with a note of his supplier on rear pastedown “E & E”.
University of Glasgow:  Ferguson collection purchase, 1921. 
Binding: 16th-century blind-tooled calf over bevelled wooden boards;  both covers have a two-panel design formed by fillets and two separate foliate rolls, with a floral tool added to the inner corners of the centre panel;  19th-century spine titles in gilt;  19th-century marbled endpapers (originals not preserved).   Size: 301 × 208 mm. 
Leaf size: 294 x 203 mm.
Annotations: Very occasional brief marginal annotations and “nota” marks in an early hand;  signatures O2 and O3 (signed in error “L2” and “L3”) are corrected by hand;  19th-century bibliographical note affixed to front pastedown relating to a copy of this edition with a fabricated date;  19th-century price codes in pencil on rear free endpaper.
Decoration: Six-line initial ‘C’ on a2r supplied in blue and pink with white tracery, the body of the initial decorated with green foliage, and with foliate decoration extending into the inner margin;  similar initials supplied at the beginning of books 2-19, all with foliate decoration extending into the margins;  other initials supplied in plain red or green;  capital strokes supplied in red in quire π 'Tituli librorum et capitulorum';  capitals stroked in red or washed in yellow in quires a-i, spasmodically thereafter.
Imperfections: Wanting the blank leaf Mm10.

Foliate penwork initial in Bartholomaeus Anglicus: De proprietatibus rerum