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    John Ferguson. A Catalogue Of The Ferguson Collection Of Books Mainly Relating To Alchemy, Chemistry, Witchcraft and Gipsies, In The Library Of The University Of Glasgow. Glasgow [Mansfield Centre:] R. Maclehose [Martino Fine Books and Krown & Spellman, Booksellers] 1943 [2002.] Krown & Spellman retail: $150. Reprint of Original edition which was limited to 40 copies. Large 8vo. 2 vols. xv,384; [2]385-820pp. Publisher's cloth (new). From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

    More Information: John Ferguson (1837-1916), who was Regis Professor of Chemistry at Glasgow University, is well known among scholars for his bibliographical survey of alchemical books the Bibliotheca Chemica (the Young Collection) published in 1906...In the minds of many scholars the Young Collection is so linked with John Ferguson, that they are unaware that Ferguson's own collection of alchemical books and manuscripts far outweighs the Young Collection in size and scope. Ferguson's collection of some 7500 books (about 2500 of which are on alchemy) and 338 manuscripts now in the Special Collections department of Glasgow University Library, is among the finest collections of alchemical materials available at present. The full extent of its holdings is not appreciated by many scholars because they do not have access to the catalogue. Due to a strange quirk of history, the 2 volume (800 page) comprehensive catalogue of the printed books was published during the Second World War (in 1943) and due to rationing of paper only 40 copies were printed. None of these were for sale, but they were presented to various major libraries throughout the world.         Besterman 277.

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