Gerson, Johannes: De mendicitate spirituali cum orationibus et meditationibus diversis.
[Cologne: Ulrich Zel, not after 1472]
4to. [1-78 8-96].  leaves.
ISTC ig00232000; GW 10838; Goff G232; BMC I 187 (IA. 2859); Bod-inc G-133; CIBN G-182; BSB-Ink G-156.
Note: Date taken from ISTC; Bod-inc and Polain date [ca. 1470]; CIBN dates [ca. 1470-72].
|Shelf-mark:||Sp Coll Ferguson An-y.24 (see main library entry for this item)|
|Provenance:||Dimitrij Petrovich Boutourlin (1763-1829), Count, Russian senator, diplomat and museum director in St Petersburg: armorial bookplate on front pastedown; “No. 721” in crimson ink on verso of third front flyleaf i.e. item 721 in Catalogue de la bibliothèque de son exc. M. le Comte D. Boutourlin (Florence: 1831); item 213 in the sale catalogue, Catalogue de la bibliothèque de feu M. le Comte D. Boutourlin, deuxieme partie (Paris: Silvestre, 1840).
George Bumstead (fl. 1850s), bookseller, London: pencil note and price code on rear free endpaper “Bumstead 1857 £m/m/- c&p CDJ”.
John Ferguson (1837-1916), Professor of Chemistry, University of Glasgow: source unknown - without Ferguson’s usual acquisition notes.
University of Glasgow: Ferguson collection purchase, 1921.
|Binding:||Italy, 19th-century gold-tooled parchment; covers decorated with a border formed from fillets and two decorative rolls; gold-tooled spine with red leather title labels; dark blue endpapers; all leaves mounted on paper guards, the original inner margins now almost entirely lost; flyleaves have watermark of a bird perched on the top of one of three mountains, all within a circle (cf. Briquet 12250). Size: 214 x 150 mm.|
|Leaf size:||207 x 125 mm.|
|Annotations:||Brief bibliographical descriptions in French in a 19th-century hand on verso of third front flyleaf; pencil price code “m/s/-” on verso of front free endpaper.|
|Decoration:||Initials, paragraph marks and capital strokes supplied in red throughout at an early date; text throughout enclosed within double red ink rules, which were added after the leaves were guarded (see Binding); a four-line initial “I” on 1/1r supplied in red and decorated with elaborate calligraphic pen-work extending into inner margin - also executed after the leaves were guarded.|