Title: Commentaria De Generatione et Corruptione] ...
Publisher: apud Hieronymus Scotum (Scotus), Venice
Publication Date: 1559
Book Condition: Very Good
Folio (315 x 215mm). , 137pp., . Signatures: A-Q(4), R(6). Woodcut profile bust of Aristotle on title with dedication, "Peripateticae Disciplina Principis Vera Aristotelis Stagiritae Effigies." Final leaf with woodcut printerís device of Scotus, classical muse atop star sphere with motto "Fiat pax in virtute tua" (Let there be peace in your walls). Latin translation by Girolamo Bagolino of Verona (c. 1470-1535), professor of philosophy at Padua. Text in double column. Italic and Roman type. 18th-century marbled boards modeled to resemble tree-calf; (hole through opening leaves causing some text loss, title with minor stains, hinges starting, p. 135 folded corner, repaired clean tear in blank portion of last leaf). The clipped booklabel of Seminarium Mutinense pasted on the title fittingly connects this copy to the Jesuit Seminary library in Modena in the Provincia Veneta, which was also a center for study, popularly called a Collegium. Sixteenth-century editions of Philoponusís Aristotelian explanations have a major place in the commentarial tradition and philosophy of the Renaissance. 1559 Scotus edition of Philoponusís commentary on the "De Generatione et Corruptione" of Aristotle; a beautifully produced Venetian work still in good form. John Philoponus, also known as John the Grammarian, was a Byzantine-era Aristotelian commentator and author of several philosophical treatises. The first Latin translation of Philoponusís commentary on Aristotleís treatise, De Generatione et Corruptione, seems to be the one made by Hieronymus Bagolinus, from the Aldine edition of 1527, first published in Venice by Hieronymus Scotus in 1540; the second, made by Andrea Silviuis, was published by Valgrisius in 1564. This is Scotusís fourth edition of 1559 in which he states, "errors of the first and the second edition are purged" Ė thus repeating the title found in the third. It precedes a fifth and final edition of 1568. Philoponus presents his commentary as notes taken from the seminars of Proclusís student Ammonius (c. 435-526 AD), "together with certain remarks of my own;" Philoponusís is an elaborate exposition of Aristotelian theory, followed by several criticisms which are answered with sophistication. To history, this commentary has always been received as a "school work" but it was an interesting book to early scholars for it was supposed to have been written before 529 (terminus post quem) - hence before Philoponusís writings became entrenched in Christianity and creationist views. Like most ancient commentaries, this one maintains certain importance for the constitution of the text on which it comments. Scotusís publications were widely regarded as elegant productions; wide-format and designed with attractive typeface, this refined style was typical on the Venetian marketplace at this time. Bookseller Inventory # D11175
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