Frederic Sutherland Ferguson

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


Dr. Frederic Sutherland Ferguson (1934)

Dr. Frederic Sutherland Ferguson (1934)

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. Other segments of his library are now at the John Rylands Library and the University of Illinois.


He served as president of the ABA in 1934, president of the Edinburgh Bibliographical Sociey 1935-1936, and s president of the Bibliographical Society in 1948-1950, receiving the Society’s Gold Medal in 1951.