Frederic Sutherland Ferguson
He was educated at the Grocers' Company's School, Hackney Downs, and at King's College London, but did not take a degree. Ferguson joined the firm of Bernard Quaritch in 1897. He contributed to Pollard and Redgrave's A short-title catalogue of books printed in England, Scotland, & Ireland and of English books printed abroad, 1475-1640 (the STC), and was joint editor of a later edition of the STC. He also compiled Title-page borders used in England & Scotland 1435-1640 (with R. B. McKerrow), 1932; and A bibliography of the works of Sir George MacKenzie, lord advocate, founder of the Advocates' Library, 1936.
From 1928 to 1943 he was managing director of Bernard Quaritch Ltd. He retired in 1947, to work in the British Museum on a comprehensive catalogue of early English books. He left his cards and slips to the British Museum, and a collection of 220 Scottish books to the Bodleian Library. In 1954 he had presented 241 early Scottish books to the National Library of Scotland, and other portions of his library are held by the John Rylands Library and the University of Illinois.
- E. W. F. Tomlin, ‘Ferguson, Frederic Sutherland (1878–1967)’, rev. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, May 2006
- Provenance of Rare Books and Printed Ephemera, D to G
- Ferguson Collection
- Harner, James L., Ex Libris F. S. Ferguson: A checklist of the F. S. Ferguson collection of Scottish imprints and Scotica at the University of Illinois, 1972