Michael Scotus: Liber physiognomiae.

[Basel:  Johann Amerbach, ca. 1485-86]
4to.   a-e8.   [40] leaves.
ISTC im00555000;  Goff M555;  BMC III 748;  Bod-inc M-216.

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

Two copies held by the University of Glasgow.

Copy 1

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

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Ferguson Al-a.75 (see main library entry for this item)
Provenance: Beatus Dietrich, of Wissembourg, Alsace (15th/16th century):  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 BL 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 in Latin, “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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