PLATO. 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° (301 x 215mm). Collation: sp4 a-o8 p-q10 r-z8 A-D8 E-F10 G-Z8 Aa-FF8 GG-HH10 (sp1r title with verses by Naldus Nandius in praise of the work, sp1v Ficino's address to Lorenzo de' Medici, spr life of Plato, spv address to the reader, tabula, a1r text and commentary, HH8v colophon, register, HH9r index to Ficino's Platonica theologia, HH10v blank). 448 leaves, E9 misbound after E2, CC4.5 in duplicate. 62 lines and headline, double column, foliation. Initial spaces with guide-letter, some spaces for Greek. Type: 2:83R, 8:74G, 9:130G, 80(74)Greek. (Some light spotting, tiny wormholes at lower corner of final few quires, washed.) Old vellum with yapp edges (stained), speckled edges, a remboitage, modern brown morocco-backed box. Provenance: contemporary neat marginal annotations (washed).
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.