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Hermes Trismegistus
Liber de Potestate et Sapientia Dei [= Book Concerning the Everlasting Power and Wisdom of God]; Per Marsilium Ficinum Traductus ad Cosmo Medice [= Translated by Marsilio Ficino for Cosmo Medice]
Paris: Wolfgang Hopyl, 1494. Later edition. Hardcover. Very Good. 4to. Unpaginated, collation is a-d8, e6. 36 leaves of text. Roman Gothic type. Later vellum boards (ca. 1675). Last few leaves are trimmed (interrupting the printed marginalia). First published in 1471 in Treviso, this edition was printed a little over twenty years later in Paris. The translator, Marsilio Ficino, was "largely responsible for the revival of Plato and Platonism during the Renaissance" (IEP, "Marsilio Ficino (1433-1499)"). It is debated among scholars just how influenced Ficino was by the Hermetic tradition, but nevertheless Ficino interrupted his translation of Plato's dialogues to translate the Corpus Hermeticum into Latin. Ficino's first notable work was his commentary on Lucretius' De Rerum Natura, the first one that was published since Antiquity. Ficino's complete translation of Plato's extant works into Latin was the first translation of the dialogues into a language other than Greek. Ficino's translation of the Corpus Hermeticum was completed in 1464, but not published until 1471. His translation of Plato's dialogues would be published in 1484. Ficino is also notable for inventing the phrase "Platonic Love" (IEP, "Marsilio Ficino (1433-1499)"). According to Wouter J. Hanegraaff, Professor at the University of Amsterdam, the pressure to publish the Corpus Hermeticum came from a misconception that Hermes Trismegistus lived long before Plato and was thus a source for his philosophy and wisdom. This was perpetuated by Byzantine philosopher George Gemistos (also known as Plethon), who passed … [Click Below for Full Description]
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