ARISTOTE.

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ARISTOTE.

Libri octo physicorum. S.l.n.d. Colophon]: Krakow, Joannis Haller, 1519. In-4, fawn calf cold-stamped on ais, sets of fillets and a large roulette wheel forming a frame on the plates, the centre of the first plate decorated with a plate, that of the second with a repeated vegetal motif in sowing, remnants of clasps, spine with three ribs, title in ink on the upper edge (contemporary binding).
Extremely rare edition printed in Krakow by Jan Haller, a typographer from Nuremberg and one of the very first printers established in the Polish city. It is the Latin translation by Jean Argyropoulos († circa 1487) of Aristotle's eight books of physics: the translation by this Byzantine humanist, professor in Padua and Constantinople, first appeared in Rome in 1481.
Pretty printing in Roman characters, except for the first five lines of the title, which are in Gothic characters, with a set of initials in the manner of rubricateurs of the previous century and of the time.
The following is a continuation of the same: In libros Physicorum, De coelo & mundo, De gene. & corr., Meteororum, De anima. S.l.n.d. Strasbourg, Ulrich Morhard, September 1520.
Very rare Strasbourg edition of the translation and commentaries of Albertus Magnus (Albert of Orlamünde, not Albert the Great?), printed by Morhrard for the great Viennese bookseller Lucas Alantsee, whose name is cited in the colophon as Ductu Lucae Alantseae.
Printed in Roman characters, it is adorned on the title with a beautiful woodcut frame dated 1519.
A precious copy bringing together two very rare editions of Aristotle, abundantly annotated with fine writing of the period and preserved in its beautiful embossed binding dated 1547.
The embossed binding, probably from a Central European workshop, is decorated on the first cover with a plaque depicting the Resurrection, dated 1528, and a border decorated with small portraits (including the Sybil) dated 1540. The second plate is framed by two portrait casters, one identical to the one used on the upper plate, the other, also dated 1540, decorated with portraits of Apollo and the Muses.
The copy bears the manuscript ex-libris of Piotrz de Goniadz (Petrus Gonesius), a Polish Calvinist reformer who died in the 1570s and 80s, and that of a man named Petri Arcadii (Peter Arcadius). Purchase mark on the title of the second work: Quatuor Grossis Anno 1542.
Repairs to the back, bits and caps, damaged corners with missing parts. Posterior handwritten title piece. Wormhole on the whole volume, some freckles.
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