Commentaria. Joannes Philoponus.
Commentaria.
Commentaria.
Commentaria.
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Commentaria.

Venice: Heironymous Scotus, 1550-1551. Quarto. 75ff. Woodcut device on title page and last leaf, several geometrical text figures, two ten-line and two five-line initial capitals. A book of commentary by the sixth-century Greek philosopher Philoponus, who also went by the name John the Grammarian for his scholarship on language. Although the spread of his works was limited by his posthumous condemnation by the church, Philoponus's rejections of Aristotelian physics and his concept of inertia, which was decidedly ahead of his time, place him among the forefathers of modern science. This copy of Commentaria features a colorful binding of Italian block-printed decorated paper by Remondini, likely from the eighteenth century, and an unusual pastepaper spine. Front and back covers each bear two repeated illustrations of architectural landmarks within oval frames, and these are surrounded by floral designs. One of the illustrations shows the famous bridge at Bassano designed by the great sixteenth-century Italian architect Palladio; the other is likely a depiction of La Rotonda in Vicenza, also designed by Palladio. Both of these landmarks are located in Vicenza Province, where Remondini opened a paper factory in 1755, and it is probable that the other bridge and the aqueduct pictured are also local to that area. Slight wear to lower extremity and upper corners, worm holes to bottom interior margins affecting about two-thirds of the leaves to varying degrees, else fine and bright. Bookplate. Item #20999

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