Mensa philosophica.

Louvain:  Johannes de Westfalia, [ca. 1482-83].
4to.   a6 2a8 b-h8 i12.   [82] leaves, the first blank.
ISTC im00492000;  Goff M492;  BMC IX 148;  Bod-inc M-190.

Dated on paper evidence (WILC).   HPT and Bod-inc date ca. 1477-83.

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Ferguson An-y.17 (see main library entry for this item)
Variant: “Copies are known in which the first quire is without signatures and also in which it is signed on the second leaf ... In the Museum copy this quire is signed only on the third leaf, a3” - BMC.   In this, the Glasgow copy, the second and third leaves of gathering a are both signed.
Provenance: Christopher(?) Metkalff (16th century):  inscription on i12v “C[hrist]offerus(?) Metkalff”.
Roly (16th century):  "Roly" on i12v.
Thomas Rawlinson (1681-1725), bibliophile:  his mark “C. & P./” in ink on front pastedown (followed by a 19th-century pencil annotation – probably by David Laing – “Rawlinson’s hand-writing”).
Hon. Archibald Campbell Fraser, of Lovat (1736-1815):  pencil note (probably by David Laing) on rear pastedown “Fraser’s sale [...] 52 coll. p. by p. with copy in Brit. Museum”;  lot 778 in 'Catalogue of a valuable portion of the singularly curious library of the Hon. Archd. Fraser of Lovat ... which will be sold by auction, by Messrs. S. Leigh Sotheby & John Wilkinson ... on Monday, February 9th, 1852 ...' (London:  1852);  sold to Pickering for £0.7.0 according to the annotated BL copy of the Fraser sale catalogue - shelfmark S.C.S. 347(5).
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.
David Laing (1793-1878), antiquary and librarian of the Signet Library:  lot 2600 in 'Catalogue of the first 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, 1st December, 1879 ...' (London:  1879);  sold to Quaritch for £4.4.0 according to the annotated BL copy of the sale catalogue - shelfmark S.C.S. 791.
Bernard Quaritch (1819-1899), bookseller, London - see above.
John Ferguson (1837-1916), Professor of Chemistry, University of Glasgow:  Ferguson’s pencil acquisition note on front free endpaper “J F Glasgow Jan 16 1880 Laing’s copy”;  presumably purchased from Quaritch.
University of Glasgow:  Ferguson collection purchase, 1921.
Binding: England, 18th-century blind-tooled calf;  covers decorated with a double-fillet border, a decorative roll added parallel to the joints;  red leather title label on spine.   Size:  221 x 150 mm.
Leaf size: 213 x 144 mm.
Annotations: 16th-century marginal annotations on b4r and c2r (mainly extracting keywords);  occasional “nota” marks;  early catchwords in ink on final leaf verso of each gathering;  foliated in an early hand in ink “1” - “76” from 2a1 onwards;  manuscript leaf  references in the Tabula (a2-6) derived from that foliation;  “B-S”(?) in pencil on front free endpaper - perhaps a shelfmark?
Decoration: Initials supplied in red throughout;  paragraph marks, underlining of chapter headings in red throughout;  on a2r heading in red “Tabula” with red pen-work decoration;  capital strokes in red in Tabula.
Imperfections: None.

 

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