Michael Scotus: Liber physiognomiae.

[Venice:  Jacobus de Fivizzano, Lunensis], 1477.
4to.   a10 b-h8 i6 K6.   [78] leaves, the last blank. f3 missigned f2.
ISTC im00551000;  Goff M551;  BMC V 242;  Bod-inc M-215.

Three copies held by the University of Glasgow.

Copy 1

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Ferguson Al-c.7 (see main library entry for this item)
Provenance: R.N.:  initials “RN” on a1r followed by “IHS”.
David Laing (1793-1878), antiquary and librarian of the Signet Library:  lot 3335 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 Hopkins for £4.0.0 according to the annotated BL copy of the sale catalogue - shelfmark S.C.S. 791.
Hugh Hopkins (b. 1831), bookseller, Glasgow - see above.
John Ferguson (1837-1916), Professor of Chemistry, University of Glasgow:  Ferguson’s pencil acquisition note on front free endpaper “J.F. Xmas 1879 D. Laing’s copy 3335”;  presumably purchased from Hopkins.
University of Glasgow:  Ferguson collection purchase, 1921.
Binding: Italy(?), 19th-century scumbled paper-covered boards,  yellow morocco spine, red leather title label;  sprinkled brown-edged leaves.   Size:  206 x 154 mm.
Leaf size: 200 x 146 mm.
Annotations: On a5r single word corrected in manuscript;  price(?) “7-6” in pencil on front free endpaper;  torn piece of paper with 19th-century notes on the author in English loosely inserted.
Decoration: None.
Imperfections: Wanting the final blank leaf.

Colophon from Michael Scotus: Liber physiognomiae

Copy 2

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Ferguson Al-b.46 (see main library entry for this item)
Provenance: William George Thorpe (d. 1903), F.S.A., barrister-at-law, Middle Temple:  signature on front pastedown “W.G. Thorpe 1871”.
John Ferguson (1837-1916), Professor of Chemistry, University of Glasgow:  source unknown;  Ferguson’s pencil note on front pastedown “Imperfect copy - J.F.   Another copy in Stillie’s Catalogue wants the same leaves - wh. are supplied in MS.  I shd. have taken it in the hope of completing this copy - but alas!”
University of Glasgow:  Ferguson collection purchase, 1921.
Binding: 18th-century buff paper-covered boards, vellum spine, red and green leather title labels.   Size:  204 x 143 mm.
Leaf size: 200 x 138 mm.
Annotations: Occasional marginal annotations in Latin in an early hand;  number “88” (in a 19th-century hand) on front pastedown.
Decoration: None.
Imperfections:

Wanting g2-5 and the final blank leaf.

Marginal annotations from Michael Scotus: Liber physiognomiae

 

Copy 3

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian Bx.3.29 (see main library entry for this item)
Provenance: Louis Jean Gaignat (1697-1768), Secretary to King Louis XV:  Gaignat sale, 1769;  lot 1168 in Guillaume de Bure, 'Bibliographie instructive:  supplément ... ou catalogue des livres de feu M. L.J. Gaignat', 2 vols (Paris:  1769).
William Hunter (1718-1783), physician and anatomist:  purchased by Hunter at the Gaignat sale through his agent, Jean-Baptiste Dessain, for 25 livres 1 sou;  see 'Dessain-Hunter correspondence' (University of Glasgow Library, MS Gen. 36, f.25r).
University of Glasgow:  Hunterian bequest, 1807;  Hunterian Museum bookplate on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “An.y.16”.
Binding: France, 18th-century red morocco decorated with triple gold fillets, a small gold circle at each corner;  gold-tooled spine;  gilt-edged leaves;  marbled endpapers;  green silk bookmark.   Size:  200 x 143 mm.
Leaf size: 195 x 135 mm.
Annotations: None.
Decoration: None.
Imperfections: Wanting the final blank leaf.

Front cover of Michael Scotus: Liber physiognomiae