Petrus de Abano: De venenis.

[Rome:  Georgius Sachsel and Bartholomaeus Golsch, ca. 1475]
4to.   [1-410.8].   [36] leaves, the first and last blank.
ISTC ip00440000; GW M31872; Goff P440; Sack(Freiburg) 2752; Hargreaves 84.

Date taken from ISTC;  Sack(Freiburg) dates ca. 1474;  Hargreaves dates [1474?].

GIP number: P30
Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Ferguson An-y.38 (see main library entry for this item)
Provenance: Thomas Holt White (1724-1797), naturalist and literary critic:  on front free endpaper “T: Holt White”;  on front pastedown a book label with the printed monogram “TW” (White added “Holt” to his name in 1776 after receiving a large bequest from his maternal great-uncle, Thomas Holt).
John Ferguson (1837-1916), Professor of Chemistry, University of Glasgow:  source unknown;  Ferguson’s pencil acquisition note on front pastedown “John Ferguson Oct. 28. 1881” and his bibliographical note on rear pastedown.
University of Glasgow:  Ferguson collection purchase, 1921.
Binding: 18th-century calf decorated with double gold fillets and a blind roll;  gold-tooled spine;  slight remains of ink lettering on fore-edge.  Size:  215 x 152 mm.
Leaf size: 208 x 147 mm.
Annotations: Opening words of line 19 on 1/3v erased and “SANCTISSimo” substituted in an early hand;  on the recto and verso of the blank leaf 1/1, in an early hand, are three columns of Latin terms used for medical conditions, names of medicinal plants and other treatments;  in the margins of the table of contents are copious annotations, in the same hand, listing medicinal plants and preparations (many beginning with the letters “al” suggesting perhaps the writer had access to a glossary derived from Arabic terms);  on the recto of the final blank leaf 4/8r (f. 36r) is a list of saints’ days from January to July perhaps in the same early hand;  on front free endpaper a heavily scored out price in pencil “7s 6d”(?);  number “336” in pencil on front pastedown;  price code “KE/-” in pencil on rear pastedown.
Decoration: Initials, capital strokes and paragraph marks supplied in red throughout.
Imperfections: None.


Table of Contents and Beginning of Text from 'De Venenis'