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Omnia opera [in Greek].


Published by Venice, Aldus Manutius and Andreas Torresanus, September 1513, 1513
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2 parts in one vol, folio (292 x 192 mm), ff 488 [including the two blanks, 2/4 and ii4] paginated [xxxii] 502 [2, blank]; 439 [1], Greek type [with some Roman, i.e. on Greek and Latin title, Aldus' dedication to Pope Leo X, Latin table of contents, Greek and Latin colophon], initial spaces with printed guide letters, Aldine device on title and colophon; some marginal waterstaining on corners of first ten and last 20 leaves, not affecting text, otherwise a remarkably clean copy, bound in red morocco for King Charles II by Samuel Mearne, sides with gilt filleted panels with crowned royal cypher at corners, gilt panels on spine with same cyphers, 'C.[arolus] II. R.[ex]' at foot of spine, gilt edges, old repair to head and tail of spine, joints a bit rubbed, in a red-morocco-backed box.Editio princeps of Plato's Dialogues and of the other works contained, a magnificent copy bound for King Charles II by the Royal binder Samuel Mearne. Plato's dialogues and other writings are the foundation texts of Western philosophy and science and central to the intellectual development of the West. As Alfred North Whitehead remarked, all of Western philosophy can be regarded as 'a series of footnotes to Plato'.Besides the texts of Plato, the edition includes Timaeus Locrus, a Hellenistic paraphrase of the Timaeus, and Diogenes Laertius's Vita Platonis (in Greek) from Plutarch's Lives and sentences of the Philosophers.This work was edited by Marcus Musurus (ca 1470-1517), working closely with Aldus. Musurus apparently utilised manuscripts belonging to Cardinal Bessarion, along with others. Aldus dedicated this work to Pope Leo X.Charles II, upon his restoration to the throne in 1660, appointed Samuel Mearne (1624-83) Bookbinder to the King. Samuel, along with his son Charles, bound over 700 volumes for the Old Royal Library (later incorporated into the British Museum Library).Provenance: Charles II, King of England (1630-1685); British Museum, with eighteenth-century stamp 'Museum Britannicum', and 1804 duplicate stamp on title; early 1800s engraved Lowndes bookplate; tipped in note regarding the Aldine Plato sold at the Sunderland sale in 1882 for £31 but probably not referring to this copy; bookplates of Henry Arthur Bright (1830-1884) and his son Allan Heywood Bright (1862-1941)Adams P1436; Ahmanson-Murphy 97; Norman 1714; Renouard 1513.1 (62.4). Bookseller Inventory # 3879

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Title: Omnia opera [in Greek].

Publisher: Venice, Aldus Manutius and Andreas Torresanus, September 1513

Publication Date: 1513

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