Michael Scotus: Liber physiognomiae.

[Reutlingen:  Michael Greyff, ca. 1486]
4to.   [1-58 66].   [46] leaves, the first blank.
Woodcut initial “I” on a4r.
ISTC im00556000;  Goff M556;  Polain(B) 2704;  BSB-Ink M-378.

BSB-Ink dates [ca. 1483].

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Ferguson Al-c.10 (see main library entry for this item)
Provenance: Wilfrid Michael Voynich (1865-1930), bookseller, London:  sold book to John Ferguson;  printed catalogue slip from a Voynich catalogue (item 3667, price £5.5.0) tipped onto front pastedown.
John Ferguson (1837-1916), Professor of Chemistry, University of Glasgow:  Ferguson’s pencil note of his supplier on rear pastedown “Voynich” and date of purchase on front pastedown “John Ferguson 18 Nov. 1902”.
University of Glasgow:  Ferguson collection purchase, 1921.
Binding: France, 19th-century marbled paper-covered boards;  gilt spine title;  19th-century printer’s waste (French text) visible as spine strengthener;  sprinkled blue-edged leaves;  two bookplates removed from front pastedown.   Size:  192 x 132 mm.
Leaf size: 187 x 126 mm.
Annotations: Frequent marginal annotations in a 16th-century hand (many cropped);  occasional interlinear annotations and corrections;  occasional “nota” marks and underlining.
Decoration: None.
Imperfections: Wanting the first blank leaf.

 

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