Michael Scotus: Liber physiognomiae.

[Basel:  Johann Amerbach, ca. 1485-86]
4to.   a-e8.   [40] leaves.
ISTC im00555000;  GW M23280;  Goff M555;  BMC III 748 (IA. 37420);  Bod-inc M-216;  CIBN M-352;  BSB-Ink M-380.

Dated [ca. 1485-86] in CIBN.   Dated [not before 1485] by Bod-inc, BSB-Ink and Sack(Freiburg).
Wrongly attributed by Pellechet to Petrus Metlinger, who uses Amerbach's types 185G and 92G with slight modifications - see CIBN and BMC VIII 405.

Two copies held by the University of Glasgow.

Copy 1

GIP number: M37/2
Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Ferguson Ak-a.40 (see main library entry for this item)
Provenance: John Ferguson (1837-1916), Professor of Chemistry, University of Glasgow:  source unknown.
University of Glasgow:  Ferguson collection purchase, 1921.
Binding: Scotland, 20th-century dark green cloth;  gilt title and oval stamp of Glasgow College Library on spine;  remnants of early fore-edge lettering in ink.   Size:  205 x 143 mm.
Leaf size: 198 x 137 mm.
Annotations: Brief 16th/17th-century annotations in German on a1r and a5r;  brief marginal annotations in Latin in an early hand on a7r and e3r;  number “3.” in ink on a1r;  number “52” in pencil on e8v.
Decoration: None.
Imperfections: None.


Title Page with Annotation from 'Liber Physiognomiae' (Sp Coll Ferguson Ak-a.40)

Copy 2

GIP number: M37/1
Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Ferguson Al-a.75 (see main library entry for this item)
Provenance: Beatus Dietrich (15th/16th century), of Wissembourg, Alsace:  inscription on a1r “Beatj Dietherich Decanj Wissenburgen[sis]”.
Molsheim, Alsace, Jesuit College (founded 1580, dissolved 1765):  inscription on a1r “Collegij Societatis Jesu Molshemij”.
David Laing (1793-1878), antiquary and librarian of the Signet Library:  lot 3348 in Catalogue of the second portion of the extensive and valuable library of the late David Laing ... which will be sold by auction by Messrs. Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge ... on Monday, the 5th of April, 1880 ... (London:  1880);  sold to Pickering for £1.6.0 according to the annotated British Library copy of the sale catalogue - shelfmark S.C.S. 797.
Pickering & Chatto, booksellers and publishers, London (firm founded in 1820 by William Pickering, continued by his son, Basil Montagu Pickering, and purchased by Thomas Chatto in 1878);  see above.
John Ferguson (1837-1916), Professor of Chemistry, University of Glasgow:  Ferguson’s pencil acquisition note on a1r “J.F. 20 iv 80 Laing’s 3348”;  presumably purchased from Pickering;  Ferguson’s note on e8v “Marked 300 Marks in L. Rosenthals Cat. 100 No 1932”.
University of Glasgow:  Ferguson collection purchase, 1921.
Binding: Germany, 15th/16th-century wooden boards, partially covered in red-stained calf, which is decorated with a blind-tooled panelled design formed by intersecting fillets and a separate, unidentified square-shaped tool;  title 'phiſionomia' written in ink on front board in an early hand;  ink title on spine and the number “20”(?);  single brass clasp with traces of a leather thong, catch plate on front board;  pastedowns (covering only the inner half of each board) are fragments of bifolia from an unidentified parchment manuscript of small format, ruled in ink, text in two columns and rubricated;  remains of a paper tab on a1r;  traces of a circular paper label at foot of spine.   Size:  226 x 159 mm.
Leaf size: 215 x 156 mm.
Annotations: Occasional early marginal annotations, nota marks and underlining in brown ink;  18th-century marginal annotation on a6v relating to a woman who had given birth to a daughter at the age of 52;  bibliographical references in a 19th-century German hand written in ink and in pencil on inner front board.
Decoration: Initials supplied in red with pen flourishing;  capital strokes, paragraph marks and underlining supplied in red throughout;  initials “,B,D,” in red below colophon on e8r - the rubricator(?) perhaps to be identified with Beatus Dietrich (see Provenance).
Imperfections: None.

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