Commentaries on ARISTOTLE. Philosophical miscellany (De Caelo et De Mundo; De Generatione et Corruptione)
Mid 17th century?
4to (18 x 13 cm). 229 ff. [3 blanks]; modern pencil numbering on top right corner up to f. 96. Manuscript on paper; brown ink; one hand throughout, mixed cursive and secretary hand (?). In Latin. Undated. Minor foxing throughout; some water staining on left margin and top right corner, never affecting the text. Slight fading of the ink at time not affecting readability. Hole on bottom right corner of f. 16 not affecting the text; small wormholes on first and last flyleaf and on last two blanks. Contemporary vellum binding slight staining; corners slightly bumped. Overall, a fine manuscript.
This manuscript contains commentaries in Latin on some works by Aristotle on Natural Philosophy, chiefly On the Heavens (De Caelo et De Mundo) and On Generation and Corruption (De Generatione et Corruptione).
On the Heavens is Aristotle’s most important cosmological treatise that deals with astronomical theory and details his ideas on the concrete workings of the terrestrial world.
On Generation and Corruption is a philosophical and biological work that focuses on the cause of things, especially whether things come into being through causes, through some prime material, or whether matter is generated through “alteration”.