INCUNABLE, EDITIO PRINCEPS:
"On y trouve, pour la prem. fois les LLVII QUAESTIONUM NATURALIUM et LLVI SUASOR et CONTROVERISAE".
Gaesse; 6; 347
One of the great works that have influenced universal culture to this day. One of the first rational attempts to explain the world of physics and to free man from fear and superstition around the causes of natural phenomena.
"His Quaestiones Naturales, are a collection of phisical, astronomical, geographical, geological and metereological questions explained from the Atomistic point of view".
Sarton; p. 312
These are the topics covered:
Book 1: Fires - Mirrors
Book 2: Lightning
Book 3: Earthly water (complete)
Book 4: the Nile - Snow, rain, hail
Book 5: Winds
Book 6: Earthquakes
Book 7: Comets.
Folio, firm coeval hardback: original plates of the antique 15th-century binding, spine made of more recent parchment. Pp. 3 unnumbered sheets; 147 unnumbered sheets; 65 numbered sheets.
A very good copy, crisp and with wide margins.
On the half title page there are three interesting coeval stamps in sepia ink and a decoration on the title, also in sepia ink.
Probably written by the same person, there are dense notes with the same ink on the first 4 sheets. A sentence in pen on the last blank page: 1763. Interesting sepia ink stamp at the register.
Gaesse; 6; 347: "On y trouve, pour la prem. fois les LL.VII QUAESTIONUM NATURALIUM et LL.VI SUASOR et CONTROVERISAE.
Hain; 14593. IGI, 8869. BMC; V; 464. Sarton; p. 312: "... his Quaestiones Naturales (cc. 88-110), are a collection of phisical, astronomical, geographical, geological and metereological questions explained from the Atomistic point of view. They contain hardly anything which is really original, but exerted a great infuence troughout the Middle Age".
SENECA LUCIUS ANNAEUS - Seneca Moralis (De Moribus; De quatuor virtutibus; De remedis fortuitorum; De clementis; De beneficis; De ira; ... Quaestiones naturales; Epistolae; Declamationes; Suasoriae; Controversiae; S. HIERONYMUS Prologus super epistolis Pauli ad Senecamet Senecae ad Paulum. (In fine c. LXIII v.:) Venezia, Bern. De Cori et Simone da Lovere, 1490, v octobris.
De beneficiis, De clementia and Naturales quaestiones are three treatises. The first two are of an ethical-political nature and refer to the time of Seneca's engagement alongside Nero.
Lucius Anneus Seneca or Seneca the Younger (Corduba, 4 BC – Rome, 65), was a Roman philosopher, playwright and politician, exponent of eclectic stoicism of the imperial age.
Condemned to death by Caligula, but pardoned, condemned to exile by Claudius who then recalled him to Rome, he became tutor of the future emperor Nero, on behalf of his mother Giulia Agrippina. When Nero and Agrippina came into conflict, Seneca approved the latter's execution as a lesser evil.
Seneca, perhaps involved in a conspiracy against him (despite having retired to private life), fell victim to repression, and was forced to commit suicide by the emperor.
His death is very famous, represented in dozens of paintings from all eras: he cut his veins and also resorted to a drink based on hemlock, the poison used by Socrates. Then he dived into a tub of boiling water to promote blood loss.
- Number of Books
- Incunabula & early printing, Philosophy, Science (general)
- Author/ Illustrator
- Book Title
- Publication year oldest item
- 1st Edition
- Original language
- Venezia, Bern. De Cori et Simone da Lovere, 1490
- Binding/ Material
- Number of pages
- 313×223 mm