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ARISTOTLE

Published by Johannes de Colonia and Johannes Manthen,, Venice (1476)

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Item Description: Johannes de Colonia and Johannes Manthen,, Venice, 1476. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. A NICE, WIDE MARGINED COPY (20.5 cm by 30.5 cm) Openings leaf beautiful iilluminated with gold. From the bishop of Meaux. In a old reimbotage Renaissance binding. Aristotle was the first scientist to gather empirical evidence about the biological world through observation. The printed edition, which contained his De historia animalium (descriptive zoology), De partibus animalium (animal physiology), and De generatione animalium (embryology), was the first printed compilation of works relating to biology. The Historia's "comprehensiveness and acumen made it the outstanding descriptive zoology of ancient times. . . . It outlasted the work of such later encyclopedic compilers as Pliny, and combined with Aristotle's other zoological works it became-- through the Arabic version translated into Latin by Michael Scot-- the major ingredient in Albertus Magnus' De animalibus, which dominated the field until the sixteenth century" (Dictionary of Scientific Biography). While the book in itself is not rare and represented in all major institutions, it remains a cornerstone of a science collection and thus desirable. Bookseller Inventory # Leo1

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Item Description: Venice, Aldus Manutius, 1495. Small folio. Lovely contemporary full leather binding (presumably French) with blindtooled borders and ornamentation to boards. Magnificently rebacked, perfectly matching the boards, with 6 raiswed bands and blindstamped ornamentation. Leather ties to boards expertly renewed. Handwritten title to bottom edge. Some wear to boards, but all in all very nice indeed. Smudging to first two words of the first leaf and some occasional light minor soiling or browning, but otherwise a very nice, clean, and fresh copy, with large margins. A single, small marginal wormhole, far from affecting text. Contemporary marginal annotations in an elegant humanist hand, in both Greek and Latin. Final blank with neat annotations in Greek and Latin and a diagram. (234) ff. Editio princeps of Aristotle's logical works (as well as the editio princeps of Porphyrios' "Isagoge"), arguably the most important publication in the entire history of printing. When Aldus Manuzio, the first and most celebrated scholar-printer of the Renaissance, began publishing - for the first time in history - the works of Aristotle in the original Greek, he inaugurated a new era in the history of mankind, making the present volume one of the most important moments in the history of the book. The importance of his seminal Aristotle-edition can hardly be over-estimated. Constituting the first major Greek prose text (or collection of texts) to be printed in its original language, it epitomizes the role of printing in re-introducing the original classical Greek texts to the Western world after centuries of unavailability. Aldus published all of Aristotle's extant works over a period of three years, beginning with the logical works that are collected under the joint title of the "Organon". This "Organon"-volume inaugurated the single greatest printing-venture of the Renaissance. Two years later, in 1497, another volume appeared, and by the following year, all of Aristotle's works had seen the light of day in their original Greek. In all five volumes appeared, each devoted to their own subject. All volumes constitute separate publications and were distributed and sold separately. "The separate editions issued over the four years 1495-98, each volume bearing an allusion to the privilege granted by the senate, was undoubtedly conceived of as a series, though each was available by itself. Aldus himself distinguished between the volume of logical works (the 'Organon', or 'instrument', so called from a poem prefixed to this edition) that was published in November 1495 and the later volumes of 'philosophy'" (Davies, p. 20). "Aldo Manuzio printed the first Greek Aristotle in Venice between 1495 and 1498, the first Greek Plato in 1514, inaugurating a unique age in the history of high culture during which the humanists edited the first philosophical texts - ancient, medieval, and contemporary - to be widely distributed and reproduced in a relatively precise manner." (Copenhaver&Schmitt, p. 35). "'The Aldine Aristotle' remains, in terms of the labour involved and the magnificence of the result, the greatest publishing venture of the fifteenth century. The centrality of Aristotle in intellectual life of the time can hardly be overstressed. In Latin dress he lay at the heart of any university course in philosophy, as dominant at the end of the Quattrocento as in the preceding three hundred years. The humanist return "ad fontes", to the original unobscured by imprecise translation and the encrustations of scholastic commentary, was the indispenable background to the edition." (Davies, p. 21).It is no coincidence that the first volume to appear in the editio princeps of the Aristotelian corpus was the "Organon", the logical works. These presented the cornerstone of all philosophy and all science, also during the Renaissance. "When Galileo first saw the moons of Jupiter in 1610, Aristotle was still the starting-point for philosophical discourse in Western Europe, alth. Bookseller Inventory # 50707

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ARISTOTELIS STAGIRITE PERIPATETICORUM PRINCI-//PIS DE PHYSICO AUDITU: Aristotle

Item Description: 1495. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Folio - over 12 - 15" tall. Aristotle. ARISTOTELIS STAGIRITE PERIPATETICORUM PRINCI-//PIS DE PHYSICO AUDITU LIBER PRIMUS [ET] AUERROIS // CORDUBENSIS CO[M]MENTARIA. IMPENSA . OCTAUIANI SCOTI IN VENETIJS. 1495-1496. [leaf ¿ approbation and Prologus] a-o¿ p¹¿ q-t¿; u-z [et] [com] [rum] aa-gg¿ hh¿; ii-rr¿; ss-tt¿ vv10 xx-yy¿ [leaf ¿ Registrum Chartarum]. Title from leaf 1 a. Contents: Physicorum. Liber primus de celo [et] mundo. De generatione aute[m] et corruptione. De anima. De sensu et sensato. De memoria et reminiscentia. De somno [et] vigilia. De causa longitudinis vite. Liber Averroes De substantia orbis. Metheororum. Registrum chartarum. Includes several colophons. First: Aristotelis stagarite philosopho[rum] monarche: //phisicorum opus: cum Auerroys Cordubensis // expositionibus feliciter explicit. Studio quoq[ue]: ac // Impensa Octauiani Scoti diligentissime [et] ca//stigatissime correctu[m]: [et] ex stercore [et] tenebris: in no//bilissimum [et] clarissimum locum deductum: Ve-//netijs i[m]pressum a[n]no salutis d[omin]i. M.cccc.xcv. die // vltimo septembris.--Cf. leaf 160 b. The second colophon (for De celo [et] mundo) is dated 28 November, 1495--Cf. leaf 262 a; and the third colophon (for De generatione et corruptione) is dated 5 December, 1495-- Cf. leaf 278 b. Final colophon: Summi philosophi Aristotelis Stagyrite // peripatheticorum principis: cum Auerroys cor-//dubensis expositionibus Metheororu[m] opus: cu[m] // noua traductione in quartum [et] vltimum predicti // voluminis feliciter explict. Impensa quoq[ue] ac di // ligentia Octauiani Scoti Venetijs impressum // fuit. Anno d[omin]i. M.cccc.lxxxxvj. die. xxij. Aprilis /// Laus Deo.--Cf. leaf [391] a (misnumbered 361). Contemporary leather-backed wooden boards, leather and clasps restored, in a full period-style leather folding box with gilt-decorated raised bands. Some minor worming on about 70 leaves at front and rear, few leaves have minor darkening; mostly bright and clean copy, with early marginalia and ownership inscription from 1505. Decorative initial letters; woodcut capitals and many diagrams. A very good copy of what is sometimes called the third Latin edition of Aristotle¿s Physics, intended to complement the same printer¿s contemporary printing of the Organon. Only one institution in North America appears to have both the Organon and Physics of this edition, though not as a matched pair (since they were not issued as such). Until the appearance of Aldus¿ Greek Aristotle, November 1495- June 1498, this edition held sway as the best in Latin, with its standard commentaries of Averroës and others. BM 15th cent. V. 348 (IB.21097) Goff A-965. Hain 2190. Bookseller Inventory # 000025

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De animalibus [et alia]: ARISTOTLE

ARISTOTLE

Published by Aldus Manutius, Venice (1497)

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Item Description: Aldus Manutius, Venice, 1497. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. THE FERRARI - ROVIDA ANNOTATED COPY EDITIO PRINCEPS. Folio, ff. 457 (i.e. 458), (9), aa??-&&??10, AA-??10, PP10+1, ????10, XX8,*8, lacking blank XX8. Greek, little Roman in preliminaries; large decorated initials; recto of first leaf lightly soiled, old oil stain to gutters at head; tear from blank lower corner at 152, small tear at foot of 364; marginal damp stains, small central oil splash over final gathering. A good, well-margined copy in early plain goatskin, vellum spine superimposed; chipped corner and front joint lightly cracked; a bit worn. Extensive scholarly Greek and Latin annotations by Ottaviano Ferrari (1518-1586), his autograph at head of title, and occasionally a slightly earlier Italian hand; with the supplemental gathering added, printed later and often missing, densely annotated by a knowledgeable late sixteenth-century Italian philologist; Ferrari’s autograph on title, early shelfmark and late sixteenth-century owner’s annotation confirming the notes were by Ferrari and the volume was purchased from Cesare Rovida’s heirs; later table of contents on front fly verso; bibliographical inscriptions (inaccurate) on front pastedown. The third volume from a series of five comprising the celebrated collected edition of Aristotle published by Aldus Manutius between 1495 and 1498. The first two sets of Aldine Greek Type 1 cut by Francesco Griffo appeared in this edition. This tome comprises nineteen treatises of Aristotle, manly focused on animals, plus five commentaries by his pupil Theophrastus on fish, dizziness, tiredness, smell and sweat. Arguably, no other thinker in history has been more influential than Aristotle. His detailed and comprehensive studies in zoology, forming about a quarter of his surviving works, provided the most complete account on the animal world until the sixteenth century and, in many respects, up to the Enlightenment. This copy extraordinarily retains the original strip pasted by Aldus at foot of f. 100v (kkxv) to supply a missing line, like the copy of George III in BL and very few others. The colophon also bears the corrected variant ????? in place of ??????, as in BL Cracherode copy. Gathering *8, originally missing in many copies of the edition, was integrated here by a scrupulous later owner. It consists of a fragment from the tenth book of the History of Animals, which was added by Aldus at the very last moment, so it was not included in earlier press run. The present copy is entirely annotated, mostly by the Milanese scholar Ottaviano Ferrari (1518-1586). Ferrari read humanities at the Canobian schools in Milan and, for a short time, taught logic at the University of Pavia. He was a close friend of Giulio Poggiani, Jacopo Bonfadio and Aldus’s son, Paolo Manuzio. De disciplina Encyclio was his most appreciated work, published in 1560 by the Aldine press under Paolo’s management. It was a valuable introduction to Aristotelian philosophy. His important Greek manuscripts which he carefully collected are mostly in the Ambrosiana Library of Milan. As a proof of his respect for Aristotle’s teachings, his medallion portrait (about 1560) shows the Greek philosopher on its verso. Ferrari declared himself as a passionate student of medicine too, an interest which was certainly the reason for him to dwell so much on this mainly naturalistic book within the Aristotelian corpus. His annotations are dense and incredibly learned. He went over and over the volume, using three different inks and writing sometimes quick and large, sometimes minute and precise. Yet, the habit of recording in the margins and over the lines the internal page numbers treating of similar subjects remains consistent over the years of his intensive study. Along with etymological notes on animals’ names, Ferrari made continuous reference to major and minor works by Aristotle, their Greek and Arabic commentaries, as well as an impressive list of authorities, such as Plato, Herodotus, Plutarch, Aratus, Hippocrates and Galen, Bookseller Inventory # L1959

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Organon: ARISTOTLE

ARISTOTLE

Published by Aldus Manutius, Venice (1495)

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Item Description: Aldus Manutius, Venice, 1495. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very good. PRINCEPS EDITION OF ARISTOTLE’S LOGICAL TREATISES FIRST EDITION, folio, 234 leaves [A-K8, L-N6, a-c8, d-e6, f-q8, r-s6]. Predominantly Greek letter, a little Roman; headpieces and woodcut interlacing initials, occasionally coloured red by contemporary hand; large text diagram on f. I1r; extensive scholarly annotations and diagrams in another contemporary humanist hand, probably Italian, over the first third of the book; handwritten early running titles throughout; lightly toned, some water smudges to the upper margins of the final quires. A very good, well-margined copy in contemporary German alum tawed pigskin over thick wood boards, perhaps from the circle of Ulrich Frenckel, bookbinder active in Thuringia (Einbanddatenbak, w000242); covers elegantly tooled in blind, double line fillet, a bit soiled; the external panel filled with ‘Maria’ scrolls, stags in squares in the internal one; central frame with two crossing bands and four rhombus floral ornaments; old repair to the upper corner of the back cover and outer corners lightly worn; remains of the original central clasp. Both pastedowns from a printed sixteenth-century German commentary on the Gospels, employing Luther’s vernacular translation; purchase note in a German hand and elegant Greek inscription on the free endpaper, both dated 1534; the latter charmingly seeking help from God to approach the challenging contents of the book; early Greek monogram (Io. D. Se.) in red on s5r; another, later, on rear endpaper. This editio princeps comprises the six logical treatises of Aristotle, collectively called ‘the Instrument’ (Organon), as well as Porphyry’s introduction and commentary. The volume provides the finest example of the first two sets of Aldine Greek Type 1 (146 and 114 mm.). It forms the first part of the five-volume series of Aristotle’s works issued by Aldus between 1495 and 1498, an outstanding achievement of the Aldine press. This undertaking is a milestone in the development of Renaissance scholarship, spreading for the first time the Greek original texts in print. Thus, Aristotelian logic could be studied again in all its purity, aside from the medieval contaminations of the Arabic and Christian traditions. In his dedication to his patron and former pupil Alberto Pio, Prince of Carpi, Aldus displays his ambitious publishing programme embracing the whole corpus of classical Greek learning, from grammars and history to poetry and philosophy. ‘The great Aldine editio princeps . was the first major Greek prose text to be reintroduced in the original to the western world by the intervention of the printing press.’ Printing and the Mind of Man, p. 22, no. 38. Renouard 7:5; Ahmanson-Murphy 4; ISTC ia00959000; GW 2334; BMC V, 553. Greek. Bookseller Inventory # L1906

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De physico auditu.ab Averri cordubesi commentate: ARISTOTLE

ARISTOTLE

Published by Andrea de Asula, Venice (1483)

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Item Description: Andrea de Asula, Venice, 1483. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. THE FOUNDATION OF PHYSICS AND NATURAL PHILOSOPHY, A HANDSOME VOLUME FIRST EDITION thus. Folio, 159 ex 160 unnumbered ll. AA-TT8 UU7 (lacking final blank). Double column, gothic letter in two sizes, printed paragraph numbers, initial spaces blank. Systematic scholarly marginalia in contemporary and C16th hands, neat and legible, intermittently throughout. A few little wormholes, mostly marginal, to final gatherings, lamp oil splash to blank fore edge of a dozen ll., an exceptional, thick paper copy, clean, well-margined and unrestored, in 16th century Viennese calf over wooden boards, outer and inner compartments with multi blind ruled borders, 4 original brass bosses to corners of latter on each cover, matching central boss within, Spine with blind ornament to seven compartments, joints repaired, covers a bit wormed and scratched, remains of clasps, a tall and handsome volume beautifully proportioned and printed. Excellent early edition of Aristotle's Physics in this Latin translation with the commentary of Ibn Rushd, otherwise known as Averroes of Cordoba, and edited by Nicoletus Vernia. It comprises one of a series of Aristotelian texts that were produced by Andreas Tornesanus and Bartholomaeus de Blavis between 1 February and 25 October 1483. The translation is anonymous but William Moerke and Michael Scotus were responsible for the other medico-scientific Latin versions in the series. Aristotle's Physics is a fundamental text of Western natural philosophy. In it, or rather them, what has come down to us is probably a fairly random collection of lecture notes, rather than a text polished for publication, Aristotle established the general principles that govern all natural bodies, animate and inanimate, celestial and terrestrial, including all motion, causation, qualitative and quantitative change, creation and extinction. Physics in the Aristotelian sense covers almost all there is to know about the material world - including those forces which shape it that are not themselves material. Heidegger wrote of it "This book determines the warp and woof of the whole of Western thinking.Without Aristotle's Physics there would have been no Galileo." Ibn Rushd or Averroes came from an illustrious Cordoban family and was the greatest Muslim philosopher of the West and one of the greatest of medieval times, as well as a physician and astronomer. For his three remarkable commentaries on Aristotle (that on zoology is now absolutely lost) he became known simply as 'The Commentator' or 'Gran Comento' as Dante calls him in Inferno IV 144. English versions were still being published in the 20th century. The editor Vernia (1420 - 1499) was one of the leading Aristotelians of the C16th and himself a significant philosopher - his contemporaries called him Nicoletus philosophus celeberrimus; he was also a physician and astrologer. He taught philosophy at the University of Padua from 1465 almost to his death and was succeeded by Pomponazzi, like Nifo, one of his pupils. Titles from this series of publications appear either individually or together and in any combination, they were available for purchase that way. The bibliographical references following therefore may refer to the whole publication, or any part. Not in BMC XV. Goff A962, GKW 2337. Renouard 284:3. Stillwell, Awakening Interest in Science 736 n. Klebs 82:2. Bernoni 271:14 "importante edizione". Latin. Bookseller Inventory # L1442

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Item Description: Frankfurt am Main, Johann Wolff, 1571., 1571. 8vo. 152 unnumbered ff. Brown calf binding by Jakob Krause on four double bands with richly gilt covers, spine, and leading edges. Covers with intricately entwined bands and giltstamped cover title within ovals: "PRO|BLE|MA" (front cover) and "A|RIS|TOT|ELI|S" (back cover). Edges goffered and gilt. In protective case. Splendid work by Jakob Krause (1531-1586), Germany's foremost Renaissance bookbinder. A rare presentation copy commissioned by Elector August of Saxony, and thus a great sign of the Elector's favor, as August of Saxony was adamant that his court officials worked for him only (cf. Bibl. Palatina [1986], I 252). For an identical binding made with the same plate (145 x 92 mm with bands and tendrils [Schmidt no. P34]) and the same stamps (Schmidt E41, e. g.) cf. the presentation copy for Count Palatine Johann Casimir in the Bibliotheca Palatina. - The book, first published in 1551, is not actually a translation of Aristotle, but rather a compilation from Aristotle, Hippocrates, Avicenna, Galenus, Averroes and other philosophers, physicians, and scholastic theologists (cf. Hoffmann I, 350). The final 42 ff. contain "Ausserlesene Fragstücke, Marci Antonii Zimare [.] An den Durchleutigsten Fürsten [.] Johannem Castriotum". - Rare; no copy recorded in OCLC. Slight defects to spine and corners professionally restored, slight defect to edge of title expertly remargined (no loss to text). VD 16, P 4903. For identical bindings by Krause cf. Stamp. Pal. V 1715 (Palatina-Ausstellung 1986, E 8.4.2 and color plate 176), K. v. Rabenau, Deutsche Bucheinbände der Renaissance (Brussels 1994), no. 86 (with 2 color illustrations), and Schunke, "Vorläufiges Verzeichnis der in der sächsischen Landesbibliothek zu Dresden erhaltenen Krause-Einbände", in: Zentralblatt für Bibliothekswesen 70 (1956), p. 256. For the plate used here cf. Schmidt, Jakob Krause (Leipzig 1923), no. P34 (separate stamps and types E41 and plate 61). Bookseller Inventory # 2557

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S. Thomas Super Physica: Expositio divi Thome: AQUINAS, Thomas, Saint

Item Description: Luce Antony de Giunta, Venice, 1517. hardcover. Book Condition: very good. Scarce. OCLC lists only 5 copies, including those at Cambridge, NYU and University of Pennsylvania. An early edition of Saint Thomas Aquinas' [1225-1274] "great commentary on Aristotle's physics - the most important scholastic commentary on this seminal text of ancient science. Aquinas the philosopher is forever entwined with Aristotle, as the former came onto the scene just as the Aristotelian corpus arrived in Latin translation, and questions of the relation between faith and reason challenged the modus vivendi that had been in effect for centuries." USTC 859417 Illustrated with a fine woodcut headpiece showing St. Thomas teaching; many decorative initials and in-text diagrams throughout, and printer's device at end. [6] 147 leaves with black letter Latin text printed in double columns. Folio, later vellum-backed boards. Venitijs, Impensis domini Luce Antonij de Giunta Florentini, 1517. A tear in the title page has been carefully mended, still a very good tight copy with some contemporary ink marginalia. Bookseller Inventory # 260577

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Habentur hoc volumine haec Theodoro Gaza interprete.: ARISTOTELES [ARISTOTLE, Theodore

Item Description: Aldus Manutius, Venice, 1504. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. Folio - over 12 - 15" tall. Folio (308x212 mm). 12, [16], 273 [1] ff. Signature: [12], a-b8, a-p8, o-p6, r-u8, x8, v8, z8, &8, A-M8, N6. Woodcut Aldine device on [1]. Separate title to "Problematum Aristotelis" with Aldine device on E1r. Leaf p6r with colophon "Venetiis in Domo Aldi mense Maio M.DIII", last leaf N6r with colophon "Venetiis. mense Martio. M. D. IIII." 18th century plain vellum, spine with two red morocco labels titled in gilt (little edge chipping to one label). Title- and final leaf soiled, spotted and brown stained, otherwise bright with only light age-toning, few mainly marginal wormholes, occasional spotting. Extensive early ink marginalia in Latin (a few cropped at fore edge). An outstanding, wide-margined copy printed on strong paper. ---- BM STC Italian, 1465-1600, S. 43; Adams A 1761; Fock, p.18; Renouard 1504/2; USTC 810862; Dibner 18 and Norman 2066 (for 1st ed. of Theophrastus) - The rare first Aldine edition of Theodorus Gaza's Latin translation from Greek of Aristotle's works on animals and Theophrastus' works on plants. The original Greek manuscripts were brought from Constantinople to Italy by Giovanni Aurispa in the early 15th century and translated into Latin by Theodore Gaza around 1450. The editio princeps of the Greek came out only in 1497, but Gaza's translation, edited by Giorgio Merula, was first published in 1483. Gaza, scholar, scribe and teacher from Thessaloniki, translated many works of Greek science, literature and theology into Latin. He was renowned for the style and accuracy of his translations. Contains the 3rd Latin (1st Aldine) edition of Theophrastus' work on systematic botany which was first published in Latin translation in 1483. "An observer and collector of botanical data rather than a profound theorizer, Theophrastus was handicapped by lack of scientific language. Yet his description of the formation of the plant in the seed, the earliest account known, was the best made for 2000 years; it demonstrated excellent observation" (Dibner). This edition additionally contains Latin-Greek and Greek-Latin glossaries of technical terms found in Aristotle. The first edition is quite rare on the market. OCLC lists only 4 copies in US public libraries. Bookseller Inventory # 002037

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Aristotle.

Published by Printed for the Translator by Robert Wilks. 1807-1812 (and 1801), London (1807)

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Item Description: Printed for the Translator by Robert Wilks. 1807-1812 (and 1801), London, 1807. 1/2 morocco. Book Condition: Very good. n Mixed. Eight of the ten volumes of the complete translation of Aristotle's works from the original Greek into English. Only 50 sets were printed, and today they seldom appear for sale. There are some sets which have 11 volumes. These contain both the first edition of THE METAPHYSICS which Taylor translated in 1801 and printed in the same large quarto format and the second edition of the METAPHYSICS with significant added material revised for "The Works" in 1812. Our set offered contains the 1801 first edition, as listed below. Lacking from our set are the volumes titled "The Physics" and "The Treatises on the Heavens, etc." The eight volumes present in this set are the following:1. The Organon. 18072. The Treatises on the Soul. 18083. The History of Animals. 18094. The Treatises on the Parts and Progressive Motion of Animals, etc. 18105. The Rhetoric. 18116. The Great and Eudemian Ethics. 18117. A Dissertation on the Philosophy of Aristotle. 18128. The Metaphysics (first edition of 1801). Lg. 4to. 8 vols. Uniformly bound by "J. MacKenzie, Binder to the King" in contemporary half maroon morocco, ornately gilt, over marbled boards. A.e.g. Extremities a bit rubbed, but all are in very good condition. Boldly signed by Taylor in ink at the end of the first volume. All of the volumes with the bookplate of Frances Mary Richardson Currer (1785-1861) called the "head of all female book collectors in Europe" by T. F. Dibdin. Bookseller Inventory # 8308

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ARISTOTLE (ARISTOTELES).

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Item Description: (Venice), Aldus (In aedibus Haeredum Aldi, et Andreae Asulani Soceri, 1536). Small 8vo. Contemporary full vellum with remains of ties to boards. Some soiling, but a nice, sturdy copy. Pasted-down end-papers with annotations and calculations in ink. A bit of light brownspotting and top edge with an ink stain that touches numbering on a couple of leaves (still legible), but no lettering. Printed in Latin and Greek. Woodcut Aldus printer's device to title-page and last leaf (which also has a contemporary owner's name: Guillielmo Curgaz?). 28 + 26 + (2) ff. (2 final leaves being index, errata, colophon, and printer's device). Exceedingly rare first edition of the tremendously important publication that marks the beginning of Aristotle's influence in literature, being the first separate edition of Aristotle's "Poetics" (which had only previously been published in the collection "Rhetores Graeci" in 1508), together with the first printing of Pazzi's highly influential Latin translation and the two important prefatory letters. It is this publication that inaugurates the humanist interest in Aristotle's "Poetics" and creates the influence that this work is to have upon modern literature and poetical scholarship, ruling the field of literary theory until the time of the Romantics. This milestone publication constitutes a key event in the development of literary theory during the Renaissance. "[T]he modern influence of this famous work dates from the memorable year 1536." (Sandy's II:(133)). The present publication constitutes a work of immense importance to not only Renaissance thought and literary scholarship, but also to the entire modern development of literary theory and literary criticism. Having been rediscovered around 1500, Aristotle's "Poetics" came to play a foundational role in the history of scholarship - beginning with this edition, which for the first time bases the text upon the three newly discovered manuscripts not previously known, which has for the first time the "Poetics" on its own as (as opposed to being printed in a bigger collection of various Greek texts), as well as the Latin translation that came to be by far the most influential. "In composing this valuable and very rare edition, Pacius consulted three ancient MSS. One of which was in the Vatican. From the account of Buhle, this appears to be a very valuable work. The Latin version was published in 1538 (this is erroneous - in fact it was published together with the Greek text in 1536. Presumably Dibdin has not seen a copy of the work himself, due to the great scarcity of it): to which two very interesting epistles, by the two Pacii, are prefixed." Dibdin I:320). "Almost all that we now have of the Aristotelian Corpus was available by the close of the thirteenth century, but by the early fifteenth century the humanist search for ancient texts had turned up two important and previously little-known works bearing the philosopher's name - the "Mechanics" and the "Poetics". Both these short treatises were copied in 1457 for Cardinal Bessarion in an important Greek manuscript that was to help shape the printed tradition of Aristotle's non-logical works. No work of Aristotle's is more unlike the "Mechanics" than the "Poetics", which entered Europe's consciousness at about the same time and with even more dramatic effect. Lorenzo Valla (possibly), Angelo Poliziano, and Ermolao Barbaro knew the "Poetics" before Giorgio Valla made his defective Latin translation in 1498, superseded in 1536 by the version of Alessandro Pazzi. Once accessible, its impact was extraordinary. Even in its partial state, the "Poetics" was the most comprehensive work on literary theory and criticism surviving from the classical period, and it soon came to dominate literary discussion. Since the "poetics" bears the stamp of Aristotle's authority, it is unsurprising that modern critics regard its reappearance as a key event in the development of literary theory during the Renaissance and no wo. Bookseller Inventory # 50398

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ARISTOTLE]

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Item Description: Grimm & Wirsung 1518;1519;1520, Augsburg, 1518. Three books in one. Folio [i], 111 leaves; 125, [1] leaves; 79 [1] leaves. Printed throughout in Roman letter of various sizes and mostly in double columns. First title page in red and black; heraldic woodcuts on second and third titles, devices, initials and text diagrams throughout. Final leaf, with large woodcut of Saint Catherine on colophon, is in facsimile on contemporary paper. Old vellum, new endpapers; occasional stains and a few wormholes. This edition of Aristotle’s scientific and philosophical writings was brought together by Johann Eck (1486-1543) and here first printed in Augsburg by Grimm and Wirsung. This is also the first time the beautiful heraldic woodcuts were used. Research suggests that the artist could be Hans Burgkmair who worked in Augsburg at the time the book was printed. Another source indicates the woodcuts could be by the "Petrarca-Master" or that Books 2 and 3 were done by Hans Weiditz. Bookseller Inventory # 14721

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Item Description: Paris, Chez Ambroise Drouart, 1600. Folio. Bound in one contemporary full limp vellum binding with a bit of spotting and soiling. Contemporary owner's name torn out of top margin of first title-page. Faint damp stain to two first leaves and a light dampstain to last ab. 40 leaves of the Plato, getting heavier on the last five index-leaves. A bit of occasional minor light brownspotting. All in all a very attractive copy, with good margins. Roman and Italic letter, and some Greek. Title-pages printed in red and black and with large woodcut printer's devices. Woodcut head- and tail-pieces and numerous beautiful woodcut initials. (24), 499, (41, -tables) pp. + (8), 420, (10, -table) pp. Extremely scarce first editions of the important first complete French translations of the Politics of Aristotle and the Republic of Plato. We have not been able to locate any earlier printings of the two works in any bibliographies, nor have we been able to find any in the library databases, but it seems that Bibliothèque nationale du France owns a copy of at least the Aristotle with a title-page stating 1599, also Paris by Drouart. We thus assume that this is the same printing, but with a variant title-page. Both of these monumental works are translated by Louis Le Roy (or Leroy), the great classical scholar, and have his learned an important commentaries, including additions and amendments by Louis Morel, who published the work with Drouart. For many many years this first complete translation in to French was considered by far the best and it exercised a tremendous influence on 17th century French thought. Louis Le Roy (ab.1510-1577) was a famous French humanist scholar and professor of Greek at the Collège Royal in 1572. He used his own magnificent translations of Plato and Aristotle in his voluminous political and historical writings; his masterwork "De la vicissitude ou variété des choses en l'univers", 1576, is considered a pioneering work on cyclical change in cultural history. He had previously published parts of his translation of both Aristotle's Politics and Plato's Republic, before his death, but only smaller sections. In the dedication in Aristotle, dated 1576, Le Roy states his intention of completing his translation of Plato's Republic and, provided that his health holds, to add a commentary that would help the understanding of the text. When he died, he left a number of finished works behind that had never been printed, among them his monumental full translations of Aristotle's Politics and Plato's Republic, which the scholarly printer Frederic Morel completed. It took more that 20 years, however, to bring the printing of them to fruition. The Republic is augmented with a translation of Plato's Phaedon.Aristotle: BM STC Fr. C16, p.28; Brunet: I, 469; Cranz-Schmitt. Plato: BM STC Fr. C16, p. 354; Brunet: IV, 702; Adams: P1467. Bookseller Inventory # 44762

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Item Description: Morgiis, Guillelmus Laimarius, 1584. Small folio. 18th century half vellum, somewhat soiled and worn. Corners and edges bumped and worn. Handwritten title to spine. Fore-edge with 2-line title in neat (contemporary?) hand and with the "Societas Jesu" (i.e. the Jesuit Society) symbol in white to the otherwise red fore-edge. Internally a very ni8ce copy, with the occasional browning and spotting. A faint damp stain to top marging of some leaves. A small hole to top of title-page, far from affecting print. Last leaves with neat strenthening of blank upper corners, far from affecting text. Old (presumably 18th century) owner's name to title page: "Ioan. Bey A. Vest." Front free end-papers heavily annotated (presumably by this same owner, in Latin, Greek, and German. The annotations include and elaborate handwritten index, information about the edition, and references to the Greek sentences. Verso of last leaf and back end-papers also with notes. A few underlinings here and there. Woodcut ornamental title-border, woodcut vignettes, woodcut initials, numerous woodcut illustrations and diagrams in the text. Greek-Latin parallel-text. (8), 831, (1) pp. The very rare first edition of Julius Pace's seminal "Organon"-edition, which was the standard-edition of the logical texts of Aristotle throughout more than a century, running through at least 11 editions before 1624. Pace's version of the text, in Greek-Latin parallels, and with Pace's inspired commentaries and interpretations, profoundly influenced Renaissance thought, determining the course of the Organon-interpretation throughout this period and inspiring much original philosophical thought. Pace's interpretation of Aristotle's logical works - arguably the most influential collection of works in the history of Western thought - not only changed the face of Renaissance thought, it has remained the authoritative reading of Aristotle's "Organon" to this day and is still considered the most important and authoritative reading of the texts. As Ross puts it in the Preface to his translation of the logical works (the standard Oxford-edition): "My chief authority in matters of interpretation has been Pacius". ("The Works of Aristotle Translated into English Under the Editorship of W.D. Ross. Volume I". Oxford University Press). To this day, a proper study of Aristotle's "Organon" - and Porphyrios' "Isagoge" - is still unthinkable without references to Pace, his rendering of the text, and his interpretations of it. The famous "Porphyrian Tree" or "arbor porphyriana", which has gone down in history as a standard presentation of the basis of Aristotle's thought, was presented by Porphyrios in his "Isagoge", which since Antiquity has accompanied Aristotle's "Ornanon" as an introduction thereof. The standard presentation of this tree is that of Pace in the present edition, on p. 9. It is that rendering of it, with occasional slight alterations, which has remained standard ever since 1584. That which we ever since Antiquity have called the "Organon" comprises the logical works of Aristotle: 1. Categories, 2. On Interpretation, 3. Prior Analytics, 4. Posterior Analytics, 5. Topics, 6. On Sophistical Refutations - which ever since late Antiquity/early Middle Ages have been accompanied by Porphyrios' (233/34-ca.310) "Isagoge", his introduction to Aristotle's "Categories". During the Renaissance, all editions of Aristotle's "Organon" also comprised Porphyrios' "Isagoge", which was seen as necessary for the understanding of Aristotle's logic. Aristotle's logic has played a seminal role in the history of Western thought. No other collection of writings has had an impact on the history of philosophy that comes close to the "Organon", an impact that remains pivotal to this day. "Aristotle's logic, especially his theory of the syllogism, has had an unparalleled influence on the history of Western thought." (SEP).From Antiquity, the earlier middle ages had inherited Boethius' translation of the two first. Bookseller Inventory # 50934

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Item Description: Venetiis, 1505. 14 + 64 leaves. 4to, later old quarter vellum over marbled baords. Some old ink annotations and a neat repair to one corner of the first leaf; neat old marginal annotations in Latin to the Aristotle. Some inoffensive, scattered marginal stains; contents very attractive. Bookseller Inventory # 65845

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ARISTOTLE (ARISTOTELES).

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Item Description: London, T. Payne, 1776. 4to. Very nice, contemporary full calf binding with five raised bands and gilt leather title-label to richly gilt spine. All edges of boards gilt. Front hinge weak. Leather at front hinge cracked, so cords are showing. An exceptionally nice and clean copy with only a tiny bit of occasional soiling or brownspotting. Very good, wide margins. Old owner's entry to title-page: "E.Sw." (2), XVIII, 428, (14, -Index) pp. The rare first translation into English from the original Greek of Aristotle's seminal "Politics", a key document in the history of Western political thought, which also greatly influenced late 18th and 19th century political thought in the English speaking world. "The Politics is one of Aristotle's most important works, having had an inestimable influence on political thought up until the present day." (From the synopsis and review of the Clarendon edition of Aristotle's Politics). Before the present edition, the text of Aristotle's "Politics" was only known in English in the translation from the French (!) by Regious, which appeared in 1597 and which was not very popular nor influential. It was not until Ellis decided to translate the work that the English speaking world was actually presented with a proper translation, done from the original Greek, of this seminal document of political thought. According to Lowndes, the version of the text is "faithful and perspicious", and it was reprinted as soon as 1778. It is likely, for instance, that it is the present version of the text that the likes of Bentham and Mill have studied.Aristotle's "Politics" is not only a monument of the Greek city state and an invaluable document portraying the world of Antiquity, it also constitutes the first reflexion of the conditions under which philosophy is possible within politics and thus the work that founded political thought. The influence that this work has had on later political thought is difficult to exaggerate, and the fact that the work became available in a translation into English directly from the original Greek has been of the utmost importance to the development of political thought in England and America. "my recommendation (of the politics an not foremost another of aristotle's works) is owing to the subject it treats of: it must certainly excite every one's curiosity, to know how mankind originally conducted themselves in so very important a business as that of living together, and to trace the first origin of society from its primitive rudeness, through the various forms it has pursued, to the perfection, nay, and the depravation also, which at some periods it has arrived at: nor is this study less useful for the informing us of the nature of our own species, and pointing out the different excesses both of vice and virtue which it may arrive at. I do not recommend this work as containing a history of the various governments which have in different periods really existed in the world, but, as a valuable curiosity. as containing examples which may be copied with advantage in every age by every government, and reasoning which is founded on eternal truths. But with all the imperfections of this translation, and many the author fears will be found in it, he shall not regret his having presumed to offer it to the Public, although he should incur some censure on himself, if it occasions those who would never have perused the original, to acquire at least some knowledge of so valuable an ancient; and he should be still happier, if this attempt should induce any scholar of acknowledged abilities to pursue the plan and give the public more of this Author's valuable works in the English language (Preface, pp. XII - XVIII).Lowndes, I:p.68. Bookseller Inventory # 42315

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Decem librorum Moralium Aristotelis, tres conversiones. Prima: ARISTOTLE

Item Description: Henri Estienne, Paris, 1505. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very good. ESTIENNE'S ETHICS OF ARISTOTLE Folio. ff. (210). a-p8 q6; a10; a-d8, e4; A-D8, E6. Lettre Batard, some Greek. Title printed in red within beautiful decorative woodcut border in black incorporating the arms of the University of Paris, capital spaces with guide letters, small woodcut diagrams and tables, "Sum Rimoldi van Nyevelaer fuisco discensis medici. Non est mortale quod opto. A° 1605" manuscript on title "Nunc Carmelilarum Thenensium. Ex liberali dono R. D Joˆis Hemelarii, Canonici Antwerpiensis Anno 1635. 18 Septemb. orate pro eo" beneath, contemporary marginal annotations, title page dusty, occasional light dust soiling in upper margin in places, old repair to extreme lower outer corner of title and next eight leaves, light water stains in margins in a few places. A very good copy, on thick, crisp paper with good margins, some lower margins untrimmed, in modern calf antique, all edges red. Extremely rare edition of the of Ethics of Aristole published for the University of Paris, printed here for the first time by Henry Estienne, from the unfindable incunable edition of Jean Higman and Wolfgang Hopyl, 1497. The work is divided into four parts, including three different Latin translations of the Nicomachean Ethics, the third translation (attributed to Grosseteste) is sometimes attributed wrongly to Henricus Krosbein, the other two are by Leonardo Aretino and Joannes Arguropoulos with Lefèvre d'Etaples' and Giorgio Valla’s commentary. The work also includes a short poem by Baptista Mantuanus. Panzer states that Henri Estienne might have been involved with the printing of the 1497 version of this text as he is thought to have begun his illustrious career at Hopyl’s press. This is one of the first major works published separately by Henri Estienne (there is as yet no indication of his name on the title) and as such is one of the foundation stones of French scholarly printing and marks the beginning of Aristotelian humanism in France; the Estienne family would continue this tradition for the next 160 odd years. Henri Estienne worked chiefly in collaboration with three scholars, Charles Boville, Josse Clictou and most particularly Jacques Lefèvre d'Étaples all of whom were associated with the University of Paris. Lefevre d’Etaples commentary was the most influential and important of the time in France and firmly established Aristotelian Humanism at the heart of the French curriculum. Henri Estienne’s press is not as reputed as his son’s for the beauty of their typography, though his works are finely printed, but he made major advances in the quality and accuracy of his printing. This work is rare, Worldcat gives six locations only and no copy has appeared at auction according to Abpc. The Johannis Hemelarii, who donated this book to the Carmelites of Thenenses, was the author of "Imperatorum Romanorum numismata aurea, arte in aes incisa" published at Antwerp in 1627. He corresponded regularly with Hugo Grotius who referred to him in his correspondence as ‘doctissme’, or ‘eruditissime’. We have been unable to find the Van Nyevelaer who was the earlier owner of this work. His motto, taken from Ovid’s story of Phaethon, was also used by Jonathan Swift in conjunction with his manuscript ex-libris. A very good copy of this important, rare and beautifully printed work. Not in BM STC Fr. C16. I. A. 107.725. Renouard p. 3 no. 4. Cranz-Schmitt, p. 5. Not in Brunet or Dibdin. Latin, Greek. Bookseller Inventory # L972a

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Colofón:] Los ocho libros de la Politica;: Aristoteles (384-322 a.C.)

Aristoteles (384-322 a.C.) [Aristotle]

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Item Description: Impressos enla noble ciudad de çaragoça, por industria y despensa de Gorge coci Aleman: a. rri. del mayo del año de mil y quinientos y nueue, 1509. Encuadernación de tapa dura. Book Condition: Muy bien. 1ª Edición. [i.e. 21-5-1509].- // [Para pedidos desde fuera de España, por favor, consulte las condiciones de venta y envío, tipo B. / For orders to be delivered outside Spain, please, let you see our sale and shipping terms, type B. / Pour les commandes à livrer hors d'Espagne, s'il vous plait, voyez les conditions de vente et de livraison, type B].- // Folio, (287x217mm.); 72 f.; sign.: A-M6.- Ejemplar falto de M6 con el colofón.- // Encuadernación s. XVIII en pasta española. Una punta y un canto rozados. Papel oscurecido en diferentes grados, como todos los ejemplares, por la acidez de las tintas empleadas por Coci.- // Proc.: Sin datos.- // Primera traducción al castellano de la 'Política' de Aristóteles. ". Pues esto considerado y mas que agora Miser Jorge Coci teutonico maestro de la stampa empremía diez libros de la Ethica de Aristotil traduzidos en romance por el muy ilustre don Carlos principe etc. Y porque para el cumplimiento de la philospohia moral faltaba la politica y economica, acorde traduzirlas". Como esto lo escribió en su prólogo el desconocido traductor al romance de "Los ocho libros de la Politica" de Aristoteles desde su versión latina de Leonardo Bruni (1369-1444) -Leonardo Aretino-, hay que suponer que, después de que Coci hubiese comenzado a imprimir la Etica traducida por el príncipe de Viana, debió hablar con este todavía desconocido traductor y convencerse de que merecía la pena completar con este segundo texto la obra que estaba imprimiendo. Esta decisión tardía tuvo dos consecuencias sobre el volumen, compuesto en realidad de dos impresos. La primera, que Coci tuvo que modificar la portada y el colofón de la Ética para dar cabida a la Política. De este modo, la obra pasó a titularse 'La philosofia moral del Aristotel: es a saber Ethicas, Polithicas y Economicas: En Romançe". Y el colofón de la Ética dejó de indicar impresor fecha y ciudad para, en su lugar, anunciar que a continuación venía la Política. Así obtienen explicación, también, tanto que el prólogo del impresor dispuesto en el verso de la portada solo hable de la Ética, sin mencionar la Política, como la anomalía del colofón del conjunto, presente en el recto de la última hoja de la Política, que tampoco alude al titulo común y, al contrario, solo menciona la Política, pero no la Ética. El ejemplar que ofrecemos del segundo de los textos, que está falto del folio final, M6, impreso solo en el recto, fue encuadernado independientemente en el siglo XVIII carente ya de ese folio. Más exactamente, este ejemplar se corresponde con el primer estado de impresión de la Política, que se diferencia del segundo en dos cambios del primer folio, A1. En el recto, el encabezamiento del prólogo, tras la palabra "Primero", solo reza "Prologo del trasladador", mientras que en el segundo estado aparece un más completo "Prologo del trasladador en la Politica del Aristotil". En el verso, aparece el enunciado "Libro" que, sin embargo está ausente de parte de los ejemplares del segundo estado. Este primer estado que ofrecemos parece ser el más raro, ya que 11 de los 13 ejemplares que hemos consultado son del segundo estado(1). Unicamente se corresponden con el nuestro uno de los tres existentes en la biblioteca de Catalunya, Res 3-4º, y el de la Biblioteca pública del estado en Toledo.- // (1) Tres de la Biblioteca de Catalunya y los de las bibliotecas nacionales de España y de Austria, los de las Universidades de Deusto y de Zaragoza, la Biblioteca histórica de Madrid, la Estatal de Baviera, la Lambert Mata de Girona, la BPE de Toledo, y las de la Diputación de Zaragoza y la Colegiata de S. Isidoro de Leon.- // Refs.: Gallardo, 1590; Graesse, I, p.217; Martín Abad, Post-incunables, 117; Norton, 629; Palau, 16676; Salvá, 3837; Sánchez, 29. Bookseller Inventory # C-0861

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A Treatise on Government [Politics]: Aristotle

Aristotle

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Item Description: Printed for T. Payne and T. Cadell, London, 1776. Full-Leather. Book Condition: Near Fine. No Jacket. First Thus. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Aristotle. A Treatise on Government. Translated from the Greek by William Ellis. London: Printed for T. Payne and T. Cadell, 1776. Quarto, period style full calf gilt. First edition of the first English translation from the Greek of Aristotle's important work on politics and government. "The father of modern democracy" (PMM 38). Preceded by an English translation from the French published 1598. A beautiful copy. Scarce. Bookseller Inventory # 000157

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Operum Aristotelis Stagiritae Philosophorum Omnium Longe Principis,: Aristoteles; Aristotles; Isaac

Aristoteles; Aristotles; Isaac Casaubon

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Item Description: Lugduni : Apud Iacobum Bubonium [Lyon], 1590. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Good. First Edition. 2 Volumes bound in One. Folio; 39 x 25 cm. Handsomely bound in modern period-style brown calf. 5 raised bands. Gilt lettering to red leather spine label. Fine binding and cover. New endpapers. Collated: [10] 755 pp. + [2] 595 pp. [32]. Conservation to title page margin. Library stamp to verso of title page. Staining to title page. Internally an attractive copy, mostly clean and unmarked, with a scattered, faint spots. Text in 2 columns, Greek and Latin side by side. Small marginal dampstain to final 40 pages of index. Refs: Adams A1736. Brunet I 459. Dibdin I 315. Issac Casaubon was one of the preeminent French scholars of his day. "Casaubon?s residence in England was an incalculable stimulus to the industry and research of the new "Anglican" school that was rising over the heads of the puritan groups." (The Cambridge History of English and American Literature; Volume VII. Cavalier and Puritan. P. 10-13) His wide scholarship and commentaries on classical studies was highly valued Casaubon's Operum Aristotelis Stagiritae (1590) was the first Greek and Latin edition of the entire works (opera omnia) of Aristotle. Casaubon's edition was reprinted four times, and his text would be the standard until the late 18th century. Causabon was heavily influenced by Petrus Ramus, who attempted to reform educational and scholastic learning of the 16th and 17th century. Greek: Aristotelous Tou Stageiritou Ta sozomena. Bookseller Inventory # 1503090001

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ARISTOTLE.

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Item Description: Florence: [Lorenzo Torrentino], 1550., 1550. 4to. pp. 547, [11]. title within elaborate architectural woodcut border. several diagrams in the text. historiated initials. A fine copy in 19th century vellum, overlapping fore-edges (covers slightly bowed). First Edition of the celebrated Italian Translation, with commentary, by Bernardo Segni [d. 1558]. "On ne trouve pas facilement cette traduction; elle a du mérite, au moins pour le style, puisqu'elle est citée dans le Vocabulaire de la Crusca." (Brunet) The work is dedicated, as most of Segni's vernacular translations, to Cosimo de' Medici. BM STC Italian p. 46. Brunet I 467. Cranz 108.176. Gamba 87. Graesse I 218. Moss I p. 181. Riley 111. Not in Adams. Bookseller Inventory # elala395

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Aristotle's compleat master piece : in three: Attributed to Aristotle;

Item Description: London : Printed and sold by the booksellers, 1788. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Very Good. 32nd edition. A banned book on human reproduction. Falsely attributed to Aristotle. Presumed to be authored by Dr. William Salmon, 1644-1713. viii, 9-144 p. : illustrations. ; 15 cm. Rebound in later calf. Minor wear to cover. An attractive copy. "The Dirty Book of the Early Modern Period. It was sold furtively by country peddlers and in general stores and taverns; regular booksellers seldom advertised it, though they usually had it under the counter" - Library Company. First published in 1684 and banned in England until 1961, Aristotle's Masterpiece was the first English sex book that served as a popular guide to human reproduction and pregnancy. In the 18th century, "this small book became the best-selling guide to pregnancy and childbirth . going into more editions than all other popular works on the topic combined." Fissell, Mary. "Hairy Women and Naked Truths: Gender and the Politics of Knowledge in "Aristotle's Masterpiece"". The William and Mary Quarterly 60.1 (2003): 43-74. Double frontispiece portrait of a hairy woman followed by a black child. This illustration served "as a warning of the effigies of the Maid all hairy, and an infant that was born black, by the Imagination of the Parents." This engraving also appeared in early editions and was the author's warning to those who engaged in sinful sex. Other Titles: Aristotle's Master-Piece Completed; Treasure of health, or, The family physician. Family physician. Aristotle's Masterpiece. Aristotle's master piece. Aristotle's compleat masterpiece. Aristotle's complete master piece. Aristotle's complete masterpiece. Side note: Colin Schultz wrote a lovely little article about this book for the January 7, 2013 issue of the Smithsonian magazine. Included is a copy of his article for your enjoyment. Bookseller Inventory # 1603060002

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L'Ethica. Tradotta in lingua vulgare Fiorentina, et: ARISTOTLE.

ARISTOTLE.

Published by Florence: Lorenzo Torrentino, 1550 (1550)

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Item Description: Florence: Lorenzo Torrentino, 1550, 1550. Quarto (215 x 140 mm). Contemporary limp vellum, manuscript title inked to spine. Contemporary Italian ownership inscription, inked annotation and underlining to pp. 301 & 311. Vellum lightly marked, shallow chip to fore edge of front cover, sigs. t, M and Ff lightly foxed, pale tide-mark to lower outer corner of a few gatherings and very occasionally to head of gutter. An excellent copy. Wood-engraved vignette title page incorporating the Medici arms, 12 allegorical initial figures, frequent line diagrams to the text. First Segni edition, the first "full vernacular interpretation of Aristotle['s Ethics], including both translation and chapter-by-chapter commentary" (Lines, "Rethinking Renaissance Aristotelianism", in Renaissance Quarterly, 66.3 (Fall 2013), p. 838). "Practically unstudied, Segni's work represents an important moment in the evolution of vernacular Aristotelianism (and philosophy more generally) in the Renaissance" (idem, p. 824). Segni (1504-1558) was a Florentine humanist best known for his Istorie fiorentine and the Vita de Niccolo Capponi. He entered the service of Cosimo II de Medici, the Duke of Florence, in 1535, and was sent on a number of diplomatic postings in Europe. In his introduction Segni exalts the Tuscan language and underlines the need for vernacular editions of Greek and Latin texts; he quotes frequently from Dante throughout his commentary. He also draws extensively on the earlier commentary tradition, including the works of Byzantine scholar Eustratius (c.1050-1121), English scholastic philosopher Walter Burley (c.1275-1344/45) and the fifteenth-century Florentine, Donato Acciaiuoli (1429-1478). Written at the height of the Counter-Reformation, during the Council of Trent, another notable feature of Segni's interpretation is the frequent reference to Catholic doctrine, at the implied expense of Lutheran teachings. The first vernacular edition of the Nicomachean Ethics was a French translation by Nicolas Oresme, printed in 1488. Bookseller Inventory # 112120

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Aristotle] Montecatini, Antonio (Montecatinus, Antonius; 1537-99) & Bovio, Hieronymo. (& Jacques Auguste De Thou [1553-1617]/ J. A. Thuanus' Armorial binding).

Published by Ferrariae Ex typis Haeredum Francisci Rubei. 1576. In binding with Arms of J. A. De Thou. (1576)

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Item Description: Ferrariae Ex typis Haeredum Francisci Rubei. 1576. In binding with Arms of J. A. De Thou., 1576. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. (Continens partitiones, resolutiones q's, exemplum earum, quas in omnia eiusdem Aristotelis opera Auctor meditabatur. Adiunctis quibusdam Scholijs, quaestionibus, & in digressiones Averrois digressionibus. Omnia a Hieronymo Bovio Ferrarien. collecta & edita. Ad Sereniss. Principem Alfonsum II. Ferrariae Ducem.). Folio; 12 3/4 x 8 1/4"; page size: 31.6 x 20.2 mm. 475pp. including charts (.de Mente humana): pp.7-14. Ecclesiastical approval, Register. Fine woodcut printer's device of pine tree with motto: "Sua cuique dies" on verso p. 475. Heraldic titlepage woodcut & fine woodcut heading & initials. Old calf with simple single & double line rules framing a 3 1/2 x 2 1/2" gilt heraldic stamp on front & back covers featuring an oval of tied bays surrounding a shield with angel-head crest & 3 bees & chevron within the shield & name: IAC. AVGVUST. THVANVS. Spine in 7 compartments with 6 monograms formed of the letters I A D T. See J. Pearson Catalogue "Two Hundred Books.World's Greatest Book Collectors" p. 20 #27 for De Thou's & his wife's armorial bookbinding. Age related defects are present to the binding, with some leather partially worn off of the spine and corners. The covers show some wear and abrasions. Heraldic gilt medallions are quite clear but gilt titling & monograms on spine are faded. The binding is unrestored. No copy of the Montecatini De Anima was reported by libraries in US in the pre-1956 NUC or Supplement & is in itself quite a rare book. Text edges show light age tanning, but generally the text block is clean & sound. In ink in upper right of front paste down: Vestibule 1ere T. B 49 (this location mark has transfered to facing endpaper). In pencil on same front endpaper a former owner has added this thought from T. F. Dibdin: "Volumes from the Library of Grolier and De Thou - names dear to Book-Collectors: as an indifferent copy has hardly ever yet been found which was once deposited on the shelves of Either Dibdin, Tour Ed II. II. 51." and a former owner's name also in pencil: "J. P. Gram 1918, Nov." Few items from the library of this great scholar come to sale today. Weight: 3 1/2 lbs. (Latin text). Resources relating to this subject (not necessarily mentioning this item): "Books From the Library of Jacques Auguste De Thou" by L. J. Lloyd in Book Handbook No. 1, London: The Book Centre, 1947, pp.1-17. "Aristotle: texts and commentaries to 1700 in the University of Pennsylvania Library. A catalogue by Lyman W. Riley" UPP, (1961). Bookseller Inventory # ABE-65894415

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Aristotle

Published by Oxford University Press

ISBN 10: 0198751060 ISBN 13: 9780198751069

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Item Description: Oxford University Press. Book Condition: Good. 0198751060. Bookseller Inventory # Z0198751060Z3

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Aristotle.

Published by Venice: appresso Bartholomeo detto l'Imperadore, & Francesco suo Genero, 1551. (1551)

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Item Description: Venice: appresso Bartholomeo detto l'Imperadore, & Francesco suo Genero, 1551., 1551. Octavo. 343 pages, [5] leaves. Second edition. Title within ornate woodcut border. a8-z8, A8-V8, X4. In a nineteenth-century half red morocco binding over marbled boards. Illustrated with a few woodcut diagrams in the text. Adams A1837; Cranz, Aristotle 108.220; Riley, Aristotle 112. From the library of Jacobo Manzoni, with his bookplate. Fine. Bookseller Inventory # 1378

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ARISTOTLE

Published by Venice, B. Zanetti 1536. (1536)

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Item Description: Venice, B. Zanetti 1536., 1536. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Sm.-8vo. (282) lvs. Repeated printer's device in woodcut. Contemporary vellum (browned, soiled, edges rubbed, spine renewed [18th century], title on spine. Early edition in the original Greek; very rare. During late Greco-Roman times it was usual to combine the logical writings of Aristotle ("Categoriae", "De interpretatione", the two analytic writings as well as the works concerning dialectical conclusions ["Topica"] and deception ["Sophistici elenchi"]) together under one heading "Organon" ( = "Tool"); this term was derived from Aristotle's ideas that Logic was an aid to science, but not a discipline in its own right. ".during the later period of antiquity and the middle ages . one studied Aristotelian Logic in what had become a standard arrangement " (DNP 1, Sp. 1138). Newer free end-papers. First gatherings damp-stained or water-marked, otherwise slightly browned throughout and minor spotting. A good copy. IA 107.954 (coll. incompl.); Hoffmann I, 277; Schweiger I, 53; PCCBI 6.5547 (2 copies, coll. incompl.); NUC 20 / 663. Bookseller Inventory # 556

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ARISTOTLE.

Published by Florence: the Giuntas, 1560 (1560)

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Item Description: Florence: the Giuntas, 1560, 1560. Small quarto (238 x 175 mm), ff. 69, [5] appendix. Early 19th-century English brown morocco by Charles Lewis, with the leather ticket of his shop to the front pastedown, spines with small gilt devices between low double bands ruled in gilt and black, sides with two panels formed with a single gilt fillet with a black rule either side, the front panel lettered in gilt at head and foot, large leaf-spray tools at corners, vellum endpapers. Some surface stripping to leather on front cover, headcap gone, paper restoration to upper margin of third leaf not affecting text, some slight marks internally, overall excellent; an untrimmed copy, preserving the original margin width of the harmonious page layout. Woodcut vignette on title, 7-line historiated opening initial, decorative woodcut initials in Greek characters, woodcut head pieces. Text in Greek with second part of title and preliminary material in Latin; final [10] pages in Latin and Greek. Second Giunta printing of the Nicomachean Ethics, in the edition of the Florentine humanist Piero Vettori (Petrus Victorius; 1499–1585), first printed in 1547. Vettori's was the earliest philological treatment of the Nicomachean Ethics. His scholia, printed as an appendix, were based on his careful collation of manuscripts, retranslation of older Latin versions back into Greek, and text-critical use of the original Greek commentators. His procedure was strongly influential on other sixteenth-century scholars. The binding has the small leather ticket of Charles Lewis (1786–1836), who was "unquestionably London's leading binder, patronized by all the great collectors of the day" (ODNB): William Beckford called him "the true Angel of binding." With the book label of the English lawyer and painter Edwin Wilkins Field (1804–1871), who presumably commissioned the binding. The binding may therefore not have been executed by Lewis himself; according to Ramsden, from about 1830 Francis Bedford, then Lewis's foreman, was gaining control and, after Lewis's death, Bedford managed the shop for Lewis's widow, Maria, until 1841. The firm continued under her ownership at 35 Duke Street, St James's, until 1854. Adams A1805. Bookseller Inventory # 113433

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ARISTOTLE.

Published by Henrici Stepani, Paris (1511)

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Item Description: Henrici Stepani, Paris, 1511. SECOND ESTIENNE EDITION. 1 blank leaf + TP + [xiii]-[xxii] + [1]-172 [only right-hand pages numbered] + 1 blank leaf, Folio (8" x 11"). Second Estienne Edition (Schrieber 10).The Second, Revised Estienne Edition of Aristotle's Politics - 1511An early edition in Latin of Aristotle's Politics and Oeconomics published by Henri Estienne I. This is the second, revised edition, of a volume Estienne first published in 1506. Eighteenth-Century full calf binding with embossed bordered edges on both covers. Rebacked with the original spine professionally laid down with six raised bands and seven compartments with gilt devices, gilt title and gilt "1511". Overall, moderate wear to the boards with clean text except for just a few occasional (and very faded) marginalia k notes. A pretty copy of a 500-year-old book. ADDITIONAL PHOTOS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. Bookseller Inventory # 754

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ARISTOTLE] Autoritates Arestotelis(!)

Published by (Cologne, Quentel) 1503. (1503)

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Item Description: (Cologne, Quentel) 1503., 1503. 8 . (52) lvs. (of 53: without 1st leaf with title, woodcut and the beginning of the preface).19th century wrappers (spine and edges pale). Very rare. A collection of quotations of classical authors (mostly Aristotle); those collections have been printed often between 140 and 1510 by different printing offices, our is the second by Quentel. Provenance : Auction J. Baer (Frankfurt am Main) in 1932 since then in privat possession. 19th century fly-leaves. Slightly browned throughout (the margins more heavily); internally a well preserved copy. Cranz/Schmitt 107.711 (2 copies only); VD 16, A 4030 (5 complete copies); Adams A 1961 (writes 54 lvs.: + 1 blank one at the end). Bookseller Inventory # 820

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