17 November 2004
PSELLUS, Michael (1018-1078). In Physicen Aristotelis Commentarii. Translated from Greek by Giovanni Battista Camozzi (1515-1581). Venice: Federigo Torresano, 1554.
2° (296 x 204mm). Woodcut Aldine dolphin-and-anchor device on title, woodcut ornamental initials. With final blank. (Light paperflaw in one leaf, a few sheets lightly dampstained.) French 17th-century red morocco gilt, green and red sprinkled edges (very lightly rubbed at extremities). Provenance: JEAN-BAPTISTE COLBERT (1619-1683; title inscription) -- The Reverend Henry Drury of Harrow (1778-1841; collation note on flyleaf dated 1818) -- Powis (flyleaf inscription) -- Harrison D. Horblit (bookplate) -- Patrick Robinson, bibliophile (1927-1999); by descent to the present owner.
FIRST AND ONLY COMPLETE EDITION of the oldest and perhaps most important byzantine work on Aristotle. A commentary on Aristotle's Physics written by the Neoplatonist Michael Psellus, it was a building block for the study of Aristotle as natural philosopher. cf. L. Benakis in Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie, 43, 1961, pp. 215-38. Adams P-2198; Renouard Alde, 159:6.
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