COMPLETE FIRST PART OF ARISTOTLE’S OPERA PRINTED IN A SERIES OF EIGHT ISSUES BY ANDREA TORRESANO
ARISTOTLE (Comm: Averroes; Ed: Nicoletus Vernia). Opera: Praedicamenta, De interpretatione, Analytica priora (Tr: Boethius). Analytica posteriora (Tr: Jacobus Veneticus). Topica, Sophistici elenchi (Tr: Boethius). Add: Porphyrius: Isagoge in Aristotelis Praedicamenta (Tr: Boethius).
Venice, Andreas Torresanus, de Asula and Bartholomaeus de Blavis, de Alexandria (in part for Johannes de Colonia), 1483.
FIRST EDITION thus. Royal Folio. 117 leaves (of 118, lacking only blank q10), a-b6 c4 d10 e6 f10 g-k6 l8 m6 n8 o-p6 q10 r8, double column, gothic letter in two sizes, 66 lines and headlines, initial blank spaces, beautiful woodcut printer’s device printed in red to final text f. (r8). Occasional early ink marginalia throughout, extensive annotations, neat and clear, on the first leaves of the Posterior Analytics (K5, K6 and L1); lightly browned and stained, a few wormholes, affecting part of one or two letters on several ff., occasional foxing or spotting, a few stains, some marginal repairs, especially to upper gutters, old wooden boards, re-backed in antique style calf, lacking clasps, upper corners of boards worn, some worming, rubbed. A fine and clean copy overall, with wide margins.
Rare. First in a series of separately issued parts of Aristotle’s Opera by the Venice-based printers Bartolomeo de Blavis and Andrea Torresano. A pupil of Nicolas Jenson, Torresano was Aldus’s son-in-law and became his collaborator from 1508 onwards. Averroes was an Andalusian Muslim polymath. Some consider him the founding father of secular thought in Western Europe, who played an essential role in contributing to the transmission and understanding of the thought of the great Greek philosopher. His thorough commentaries upon Aristotle’s works have informed the medieval scholarly traditions within the European universities and the theological elaborations of Scholasticism.
Goff A962, GKW 2337. Renouard 284:3. Stillwell, Awakening Interest in Science 736 n. Klebs 82:2. Bernoni 271:14 “importante edizione”. Not in BMC XV.