Bartholomaeus Anglicus: De proprietatibus rerum.

Strassburg:  [Printer of the 1483 Jordanus de Quedlinburg (Georg Husner)], 14 Feb. 1485.
Fol.   [*]6 a-b8 c-y6.8 z8 A-F6.8 G-K6 L-S8.6 T8.   [300] leaves, the last blank.
ISTC ib00138000;  Goff B138;  BMC I 132;  Bod-inc B-064A;  GW 3410.

Two copies held by the University of Glasgow.

Copy 1

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Ferguson Ah-y.18 (see main library entry for this item)
Provenance: Vienna, Franciscans:  washed-out inscription visible under ultraviolet lamp on title-page [*1r] “ad Bibliothecam Viennensem P.P. Franciscanoru[m] XVII D 2 P. 169” - see also Binding.
John Mozley Stark (fl. 1851-1888), bookseller, stationer, printer, and publisher, Hull & London:  bookseller’s ticket on front pastedown “John M. Stark, Bookseller, 64 Market Place, Hull”.
John Ferguson (1837-1916), Professor of Chemistry, University of Glasgow:  Ferguson’s acquisition note in pencil on front pastedown “J. Ferguson July 16 1883” - without indication of his source but probably bought from Stark.
University of Glasgow:  Ferguson collection purchase, 1921.
Binding: Austria, 18th-century quarter pigskin decorated with blind fillets, brown speckled paper-covered boards;  manuscript parchment guard strips visible in the middle of each gathering;  paper label at head of spine with manuscript title “Anglici Liber de proprietatibus rerum”;  at foot of spine a paper label with manuscript shelfmark “XVII.D.2”.   Size:  277 x 196 mm.
Leaf size: 267 x 188 mm.
Annotations: Brief early marginal annotation on B3r (Lib. XVI, cap. lxviii “De merochite”);  partially read 19th-century name(?) in pencil on front free endpaper “E W [...]”.
Decoration: Eight-line initial “C” on a1r supplied in red and blue with reserved white and with red cross-hatching added to the body of the initial;  six-line initial “D” on a4v supplied in red with black pen-work infill; other initials and paragraph marks supplied in red throughout;  chapter headings and running headings underlined in red;  capital strokes in yellow throughout.
Imperfections: None.

 

Title-page of Bartholomaeus Anglicus: De proprietatibus rerum

Copy 2

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Ferguson Ag-y.10 (see main library entry for this item)
Provenance: Sir John Hayford Thorold (1773-1831), 10th Bt.:  Syston Park armorial bookplate (Franks 29398) and book label engraved with the initials “JHT” on front pastedown;  lot 843 in 'The Syston Park Library:  catalogue of an important portion of the … library of the late Sir John Hayford Thorold ...' (London:  Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, 1884).
John Ferguson (1837-1916), Professor of Chemistry, University of Glasgow:  Ferguson’s pencil acquisition note on verso of front free endpaper “J. Ferguson May 3 - 1892”;  source unknown.
University of Glasgow:  Ferguson collection purchase, 1921.
Binding: 19th-century green morocco with elaborate gold and blind-tooled border, gold-tooled spine;  marbled endpapers;  gilt-edged leaves;  2 blue silk bookmarks.   Size:  299 x 214 mm.
Leaf size: 286 x 206 mm.
Annotations: Pointing hand on h1r;  brief annotation in German (in an 18th-century hand?) on E1r regarding the description of the plant “enula” i.e. Alantwurzel (Lib. XVII, cap. lviii);  19th-century pencil number “121” and price code “t/s/” on verso of front free endpaper.
Decoration: None.
Imperfections: Wanting the blank leaf T8.

 

Syston Park bookplate in Bartholomaeus Anglicus: De proprietatibus rerum