Michael Scotus: Liber physiognomiae.

Leipzig:  Arnoldus de Colonia, 1495.
4to.   Aa-Ee6 Ff8.   [38] leaves.
Woodcut on Aa1 (title-page).
ISTC im00562000;  Goff M562;  Sajó-Soltész 2288;  Hargreaves 80.

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Ferguson Al-c.8 (see main library entry for this item)
Variant: Ff7r, line 1:  “ ... huius.c.i.” not as in Sajó-Soltész “ ... huius c. i.”
Provenance: Wilfrid Michael Voynich (1865-1930), bookseller, London:  sold book to John Ferguson.
John Ferguson (1837-1916), Professor of Chemistry, University of Glasgow:  Ferguson’s pencil note of his supplier on rear pastedown “W. Voynich.   This was sent to me this morning on approval by W.V.   As soon as I saw it I recognized it by its binding & especially by the stained yellow cloth sides as coming from the same collection as that to which belonged my copy of R. Bacon’s ‘De Arte Chymiae Scripta’, got from John Wilson more than 30 years ago - the binding is identical!  This is the Leipzig edition 1495 which I have not had till now.”;   further acquisition details on verso of front free endpaper “JF 9 Dec. 1905   Very rare - a very great prize not seen by Hain, No 14553”.
University of Glasgow:  Ferguson collection purchase, 1921.
Binding: 19th-century half brown morocco, orange/yellow cloth sides;  gold-tooled spine;  marbled endpapers;  top edge gilt.   Size:  207 x 147 mm.
Leaf size: 200 x 136 mm.
Annotations: Occasional underlining, “nota” marks and one pointing hand;  “a1159” in pencil on verso of front free endpaper;  price code “E/e/-” on rear endpaper;  erased pencil annotations on Aa1r.
Decoration: None.
Imperfections: None.

 

Variant in Michael Scotus: Liber physiognomiae