Frederic Sutherland Ferguson

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Frederic Sutherland Ferguson (26 December 1878 in Stoke Newington, London – 4 May 1967 in Isle of Wight) was an English bibliographer.

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.[1] In 1954 he had presented 241 early Scottish books to the National Library of Scotland,[2] and other portions of his library are held by the John Rylands Library[3] and the University of Illinois.[4]

Ferguson was President of the Bibliographical Society (1950–1952)[5] and received the Society's Gold Medal in 1951.

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  1. ^ "Provenance of Rare Books and Printed Ephemera, D to G". Archived from the original on 2008-04-14. Retrieved 2008-04-11.
  2. ^ ODNB
  3. ^ "Ferguson Collection". Archived from the original on 2010-02-28. Retrieved 2008-04-11.
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-08-04. Retrieved 2012-08-17.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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