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PLATO (427?-347 B.C.). Opera. Translated from Greek into Latin by Marsilio Ficino. - FICINO, Marsilio (1433-99). Platonica theologia de immortalitate animorum. Venice: Bernardinus de Choris, de Cremona, and Simon de Luere, for Andreas Torresanus, 13 August 1491.
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PLATO (427?-347 B.C.). Opera. Translated from Greek into Latin by Marsilio Ficino. - FICINO, Marsilio (1433-99). Platonica theologia de immortalitate animorum. Venice: Bernardinus de Choris, de Cremona, and Simon de Luere, for Andreas Torresanus, 13 August 1491.

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PLATO (427?-347 B.C.). Opera. Translated from Greek into Latin by Marsilio Ficino. - FICINO, Marsilio (1433-99). Platonica theologia de immortalitate animorum. Venice: Bernardinus de Choris, de Cremona, and Simon de Luere, for Andreas Torresanus, 13 August 1491.

Super-chancery 2° (311 x 212mm). Collation: \kp\Ka4 a-o8 p-q10 r-z8 A-D8 E-F10 G-Z8 Aa-FF8 GG-HH10 (\kp\Ka1r title with verses by Naldus Nandius in praise of the work, \kp\Ka1v Ficino's address to Lorenzo de' Medici, \kp\K2r life of Plato, \kp\K4v address to the reader, tabula, a1r text and commentary, HH8v colophon, register, HH9r index to Ficino's Platonica theologia, HH10v blank). 448 leaves. 62 lines and headline, double column, foliation. 3- to 10-line initial spaces with guide-letter, some spaces for Greek. Type: 2:83R, 8:74G, 9:130G, 80(74)Greek. Initial on \Kp\ka1v and a1r in blue with red/brown decoration and extensions, other initials alternating in red or blue, red capital strokes. (Pressed and lightly washed, some very light browning.) Modern half russet morocco. Provenance: Louvain, Augustinian Canons Regular, St. Martin's monastery (contemporary inscription on first leaf and I1).

SECOND EDITION of the works of Plato. This edition also contains the second edition of Ficino's chief philosophical work, the Platonica theologia. Ficino began work on his translation of the Platonic corpus at the request of Cosimo de' Medici in 1463. He completed it in 1468, and it circulated in manuscript until it was printed, along with Ficino's commentary on the text, in 1484. Two years earlier, in 1482, Ficino had published the Platonica theologia, in which he set out to prove the harmony between Christian theology and Platonism. This edition thus brings together the most important Renaissance interpretation of Platonism with the fundamental texts. The importance Ficino attached to the Platonic works even extended to the printing process, and Ficino was pleased with the typographical correctness of the present edition. In contrast, the 1482 edition of his Platonic Theology contained 7 pages of corrigenda. BMC V, 465 (IB. 23432); IGI 7861; Polain(B) 3190; Goff P-772.
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