Diogenes Laertius [pseudo-]: Libro della vita dei filosofi e delle loro elegantissime sentenzie.
Add: Lucius Annaeus Seneca, junior: De remediis fortuitorum. Extracts [Italian].
Venice: Bernardinus Celerius, 9 Dec. 1480.
4to. a-i8.  leaves (a1 blank).
ISTC id00229000; GW 8385; Goff D229; BMC V 299 (IA. 21312); Bod-inc D-080; CIBN D-137; BSB-Ink L-158.
The text is largely an anonymous translation of Gualtherus Burlaeus, De vita et moribus philosophorum, see C.F. Bühler, ‘Greek philosophers in the literature of the later Middle Ages’, Speculum, 12 (1937), pp. 451-52.
|Shelf-mark:||Sp Coll Ferguson An-y.41 (see main library entry for this item)|
|Variants:||a2r, line 6: “[t4]HALES ...” as in GW’s main transcription, not “Cap. I.||[t4]HALES ...” as in GW Anm.; i8r, colophon, line 3: “... BERNARDINVM ...” as in GW, not “... BFRNANDINVM ...” as in BMC.|
|Provenance:||Michael Wodhull (1740-1816), poet, translator and book collector: arms in gilt on front cover; Wodhull’s annotations ‘Ed: Pr:’ and ‘Perfect’ and his reference to a copy at the Gaignat sale (1769) ‘Bib. Gaignat No 3472’ on front flyleaf; Richard Heber’s annotation on front flyleaf ‘Wodhull, II. Sale £5-17s-’ i.e. Wodhull’s second sale of duplicates during his lifetime (1803), lot 549 - but sold for £0.17.0 according to the annotated British Library copy of the Wodhull sale catalogue.
Richard Heber (1774-1833), book collector: sale (part IX, 1836), lot 1035; sold for £0.10.6; see the priced copy of the Heber sale catalogue in the British Library, which also records that Heber paid £0.17.0 for the book.
Edward Cheney (1803-1884), of Badger Hall, Shropshire: armorial book-plate on front pastedown (Franks 5673-4); lot 603 “Diogene Lahertio Vite et Sententie de Philosophi, red morocco, g.e. with Wodhull arms in gold on sides, small 4to. Venetiis, 1480” in Catalogue of the choice library of the late Edward Cheney ... which will be sold by auction, by Messrs Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge ... 25th ... June, 1886, and four following days; extract from Cheney catalogue tipped onto front flyleaf.
Bernard Quaritch, bookseller, London: purchased by Quaritch for £0.12.0 according to the annotated British Library copy of Cheney sale catalogue - shelfmark S.C.S. 911(3).
Upham & Beet, booksellers, 46 New Bond Street, London: ticket on front pastedown.
William Ridler (fl. 1877-1904), bookseller, London: sold book to John Ferguson.
John Ferguson (1837-1916), Professor of Chemistry, University of Glasgow: Ferguson’s acquisition note “John Ferguson May 9 1895” in pencil on verso of front free endpaper with note of his supplier “Ridler” on rear free endpaper.
University of Glasgow: Ferguson collection purchase, 1921.
|Binding:||19th-century, straight-grained red goatskin; covers decorated with a triple gold-fillet border; gold-tooled spine; Wodhull arms in gilt on front cover; marbled endpapers; pale blue silk bookmark; remnants of an early title in ink on fore-edge running from head to tail. Size: 219 x 147 mm.|
|Leaf size:||210 x 135 mm.|
|Annotations:||Quire h numbered “8” in an 18th-century hand in lower margin of h1r.|
|Decoration:||Initials supplied, mainly in outline, in alternate crimson and Prussian blue.|
|Imperfections:||Wanting the blank leaf a1.|