ARISTOTLE; FIGLIUCCI, Felice (tr.). Tradottione antica de la Rettorica d’Aristotile nuovamente ritrovata.
Padua, Giacomo Fabriano, 1548.
8vo, ff. (viii) 184, a8 A-Z8. Large vignette on t-p with the personification of the goddess Fortune (a nude female body reclining on a dolphin at sea and holding a swelled sail). Italic, a little Roman. Capital spaces with small guide-letters. A few handwritten maniculae. T-p soiled, wormholes and tracking slightly affecting the lower inside part of the front cover, foot margin of t-p and first two leaves without text loss. Pages lightly browned to margins, rare light waterstains. Ink title on spine, rubbed caps, slightly damaged. In early limp vellum with yapp edges, remains of ties.
Felice Figliucci (1518-1595) was an Italian philosopher and theologian. He was born in Siena and studied Philosophy at the University of Padua. After discovering the works of authors such as Pico and Ficino, he decided to devote a considerable part of his carrier to editing Ficino’s works, while in the service of Cardinal Ciocchi Del Monte, who later became pope Julius III.
Figliucci was a promoter of the use of vernacular as a better way to spread culture, considering it of no lesser value than Latin. Therefore, he translated many classics into vernacular as in the case of the present work. He attended the Council of Trent, after this was moved to Bologna in 1547. During this time, he had the opportunity of visiting Padua frequently and work on this translation, which was presented to his patron on the following year.
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