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Porphyrii De abstinentia ab esu animalium, libri quatuor, Ioanne Bernardo Feliciano interprete (Περὶ ἀποχῆς ἐμψύχων) FIRST SCARCE EDITION OF THE EARLIEST PUBLISHED TREATISES ON VEGETARIANISM
Venice: Ioan. Gryphium, 1547. First scarce edition of the earliest published treatises on vegetarianism Porphyrius. Porphyrii De abstinentia ab esu animalium, libri quatuor, Ioanne Bernardo Feliciano interprete (Περὶἀποχῆςἐμψύχων). Venetiis: apud Ioan. Gryphium, MCLXVII (1547).8vo, (21x15,5 cm), half vellum on hand-colored paper boards binding, handwritten titles in sepia ink at spine, ff. [6], 100. Signature a⁶A-2B⁴, Romanic types, title-page and titles in Italic, Xylographic head-letters.First Edition of the milestone of ancient vegetarianism in the Pythagorean-Neoplatonic tradition and a fundamental text in the theory of nutritionThis work, written after Porphyry's arrival in Rome in 263 AD, is presented as an open letter to Firmus Castricius (a Roman philosopher that had been a classmate of Porphyry at Plotin's school) intended to encourage Firmus to give up the consumption of animal flesh The work composed by four books supports vegetarianism stating that the consumption of meat and the sacrifice of animals are a development of cannibalism and human sacrifice.According to Porphyry, between man and animal there is full continuity (both possess reason and language) and it is false that God created animals for man; therefore, if men deny that animals are endowed with reason, it is only to satisfy their gluttony of flesh.Porphyry took as his model the philosopher Pythagoras, who, according to Vita Pitagorica, by Porphyry himself, "so abhorred killing and killers, that he not only abstained from eating living things, but even abstained approaching butchers and hunters".The … [Click Below for Full Description]
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