Padua: Matthaeus Cerdonis, 1484.
4to. [1-28 310].  leaves; first four leaves of each of the three gatherings foliated by printer i-4, 5-8, 9-12 respectively.
With woodcuts and accompanying type from Ratdolt's edition (Goff C463); woodcut initials.
ISTC ic00464000; Goff C464; BMC VII 922; GW 6635.
|Shelf-mark:||Sp Coll Ferguson An-y.31 (see main library entry for this item)|
|Variant:||1/1r, line 1: “Ex diuina ...”, not “Et diuina ...” as in BMC and GW.|
|Provenance:||Mathew Wilson (1730-1802), of Eshton Hall: armorial bookplate on front pastedown with motto “Res non verba”.
John Trotter Brockett (1788-1842), F.S.A., lawyer: armorial bookplate on verso of front free endpaper; lot 364 in Catalogue of the choice and valuable library of the late John Trotter Brockett, Esq., of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (London: S. Leigh, Sotheby & Co., 1843) ; lot 364 in 'Catalogue of the choice and valuable library of the late John Trotter Brockett, Esq., of Newcastle-upon-Tyne' (London: S. Leigh, Sotheby & Co., 1843); sold for £0.3.6 to Charnley for £0.3.6 according to the annotated BL copy of the sale catalogue - shelfmark S.C.S. 246(1).
Emerson Charnley (1782-1845), bookseller, Newcastle-upon-Tyne: see above.
W(?) Boyd: inscription on Brockett bookplate “Bought at J.T. Brocketts sale 1843 W(?) Boyd”.
Maggs Brothers Ltd., booksellers, London, established 1855; sold book to John Ferguson.
John Ferguson (1837-1916), Professor of Chemistry, University of Glasgow: acquisition note on front pastedown “John Ferguson June 1895” and note of his supplier “Maggs” on rear pastedown.
University of Glasgow: Ferguson collection purchase, 1921.
|Binding:||18th-century, gold-tooled red goatskin over wooden boards; covers decorated with a two panel design; the outer frame is formed by a decorative roll with tooth-like edge; the inner frame is formed from a single fillet with an ornament added to the outer corners; the inner panel is decorated with separate floral and a drawer-handle tools to form a lozenge shape, the same tools are used to decorate the inner corners; two brass clasps, catch plates on front board; rebacked. Size: 213 x 152 mm.|
|Leaf size:||204 x 145 mm.|
|Annotations:||Occasional single word marginal annotations in an early hand; large calligraphic letter “R” in red ink on front free endpaper together with “Liber rariss.” and a 19th-century price code “ah/” - the latter both in black ink; pencil number “754” on front pastedown together with a note in ink on the printer derived from Samuel Palmer’s 'History of printing'.|
|Decoration:||Woodcut initials “P” and “M” on 1/1r and initial “Q” on 1/2v decorated with red pen-work; capital strokes supplied in red throughout; chapter headings and descriptions of woodcuts underlined in red; occasional paragraph marks supplied in red; text pages and pages with woodcuts enclosed within red ink rules from 1/1r to 2/5r (f. 13r).|