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ALEXANDER OF APHRODISIAS - INCUNABLE. - [A PUBLICATION THAT CHANGED THE FACE OF RENAISSANCE PHILOSOPHY]
Enarratio de anima ex aristotelis institutione. interprete Hieronymo donato Patritio Veneto. [Alexander of Aphrodisia's commentary on Aristotle's De Anima, translated by Girolamo Donato].
(Brixiae (Brescia), Bernardinus de Misintis, 1495, [on colophon]). 4to. Contemporary full vellum w. some wear, handwritten title on spine. First leaf a bit darkened, first 6 leaves w. neat repair to upper right coerner, far from affecting teaxt, last few leaves w. some brown spots, otherwise only occasional and not heavy brownspotting. Some near cont. marginal annotations, some shaved. Last end-papers renewed. Pasted down front end-paper w. long inscription in Italian, quoting from Giovio about Pomponazzi and his use of Aphrodisias' text (ab. 1800). A neat and solid copy. Large woodcut opening initial, capital spaces throughout. 91 leaves (of 92, -lacking first blank).. The exceedingly scarce very first edition of Alexander of Aphrodisias' hugely influential commentary on Aristotle's De Anima; the enormously important first printing of Girolamo Donato's (1457-1511) translation from the Greek, which came to influence almost all original philosophy of the Renaissance with its hugely controversial exposition of the impossibility of the immortality of the individual soul, interpreted from Aristotle's De Anima -On the Soul- one of the most influential and commented on philosophical works of all times. If one question is to be pointed out as the main philosophical one of the Renaissance, it is that of the soul's relation to reason or intelligence. This was the question of his (Pomponazzi's) time. Anima and Intellectus were then the watchwords of the schools: their relation, or the nature of anima intellective, was the point round which discussion moved and on which was invoked th … [Click Below for Full Description]
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