Michael Scotus: Liber physiognomiae.

[Venice:  Johannes Baptista Sessa, 1490]
4to.   a-f6 g4.   [40] leaves (g4 blank).
ISTC im00561000;  GW M23302;  Goff M561;  IGI 6424;  Walsh 2040.

Printer from ISTC;  also doubtfully recorded as from the press of Johannes and Gregorius de Gregoriis, de Forlivio, and the press of Johannes Rubeus Vercellensis.   IGI and Walsh date [ca. 1500].

GIP number: M43
Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Ferguson Al-a.71 (see main library entry for this item)
Bound with: See Binding.
Provenance: Bertram Ashburnham (1797-1878), 4th Earl of Ashburnham:  Ashburnham library shelfmark “19.F.” in red ink on front pastedown  - see De Ricci, p. 135;  also on front pastedown “1851 Catal: S.” in black ink;  lot 3357 in The Ashburnham Library:  catalogue of the magnificent collection of printed books ... of the ... Earl of Ashburnham. Third and final portion (London: Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, 1898);  sold for £0.7.0 to Ellis & Elvey according to list of prices and purchasers at end of catalogue.
Ellis & Elvey, booksellers, 29 New Bond Street, London:  sold book to John Ferguson.
John Ferguson (1837-1916), Professor of Chemistry, University of Glasgow:  purchased from Ellis & Elvey 22 Nov. 1898 according to Ferguson’s pencil acquisition notes "John Ferguson Novr 22 1898" on front pastedown plus "E & E" and "Ashburnham copy" on rear pastedown.
University of Glasgow:  Ferguson collection purchase, 1921.
Binding: 19th-century dark blue paper-covered boards and spine;  spine not titled;  remains of a paper lot or inventory ticket on spine;  bound in exactly the same style as that on another incunable edition of the Liber physiognomiae [Basel:  Michael Wenssler, ca. 1485] in the Ferguson collection (M36/1, shelfmark Al-a.23).   Partial early title in ink on fore-edge indicating that this was once bound with another or other works.   Size:  211 x 163 mm.
Leaf size: 208 x 153 mm.
Annotations: Single letter corrected on b4r;  price code in pencil on rear pastedown “Q/h/-”.
Decoration: None.
Imperfections: None.

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