De mundi eternitate. Leonardus. O. F. M. fl NOGAROLUS.
De mundi eternitate.
De mundi eternitate.
SCIENTIFIC SCHOLASTICISM

De mundi eternitate.

[Vicenza], Henricus de Sancto Ursio 31 January 1486.

Small folio (258 x 189 mm.). [156]p. Gothic type, double-column, most initial spaces with printed guide letters, blank space for a figure to be completed in manuscript.

Early 19th-century tan calf, flat spine gilt with harps and vases, gilt-lettered black morocco label, yellow edges.

Only Edition of this treatise on cosmology and natural philosophy, which draws primarily on Albertus Magnus, Galen, Aristotle, Aquinas, Paul of Venice, Avicenna, Marsilius of Inghen, Alexander of Hales and Averroes. The discussion of light, optics and vision requires a diagram — to be completed in manuscript — for which the printer left a space (here still unaddressed, as in the other copies consulted). From the dedication we know that the text had been completed by late 1485. The Franciscan Apostolic Protonotary Nogarolus came from a wealthy Veronese family, edited liturgical texts and wrote on psychological and philosophical subjects. His sister was Isotta Nogarolus (1418-66), celebrated as the first female humanist.
     The printer used the same small rounded gothic type for Nogarolus’ first independent work, which had appeared two months before the present text. The Vicenza physician Ludovico Zuffato financed, and possibly edited, both texts: they were his only foray into publishing.
     We have found one other copy at public sale in the last half century: in a collected volume belonging to the Emperor Maximilian’s physician, Nicolas Pol (c. 1470-1532; Honeyman (30.X.78) lot 76).
     Internally fresh, armorial stamp of a Hungarian library (Nádasladány), May 1950 pencil acquisition note of Georges Petit de Grandvoir (1878-1956).
¶Schullian & Sommer, A Catalogue of Incunabula…in the Army Medical Library 338; BMC VII: 1045; ISTC in00262000; Goff N-262.

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