Michael Scotus: Liber physiognomiae.
[Lyons]: Guillaume Balsarin, [ca. 1488]
4to. a-e8. a2 missigned “aiij”.  leaves.
Woodcut printer's device.
ISTC im00560000; Goff M560; BMC VIII 278.
|Shelf-mark:||Sp Coll Ferguson Al-b.45 (see main library entry for this item)|
|Provenance:||David Laing (1793-1878), antiquary and librarian of the Signet Library: lot 3349 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 £0.13.0 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 front fly leaf “John Ferguson .... April 20 1880 Laing’s Sale 3349”; presumably purchased from Pickering.
University of Glasgow: Ferguson collection purchase, 1921.
|Binding:||England, 19th-century sheep; marbled endpapers (pastedowns not stuck down and inserted between them and the actual boards are two leaves extracted from an English newspaper dated May 1832); without a spine title; printed label with number “274” affixed to head of spine; red-edged leaves. Size: 190 x 137 mm.|
|Leaf size:||184 x 131 mm.|
|Annotations:||Occasional early marginal annotations and underlining; “No 16” in pencil on inside of front board; date “16 11 80” on rear free endpaper; pencil initials “P S H” on front free endpaper.|
|Decoration:||Initials supplied in brown ink from c8 onwards in place of absent guide letters, a few in red or yellow outlined in brown ink (e.g. on leaf d1).|
|Imperfections:||Gatherings a and b heavily wormed, with loss of text.|