Alberto Magno - De Creaturis - 1651

Alberto Magno - De Creaturis - 1651
Philosophy - Quantity: 1 - Limited edition - Book

Large folio from the famous De Creaturis, based on Aristotle’s scientific text: ‘The aim of the natural sciences is not simply to accept the statements of others, but to investigate the causes at work in nature’.
In this treatise, he states the principle that anticipates scientific positivism: ‘Experimentum solum certificat in talibus (The experiment is the only safe guide in such investigations).

2 tomes bound in one, the nineteenth of his Opera Omnia. Beautiful and large full leather binding. Embossed plates: concentric frames with floral decorations. Spine with 5 ribs, with gold titles and golden fleurons in the raised bands

Deeply prepared as he was in theology, he stated: ‘In studying nature, we must not investigate how God the Creator can use His creatures to perform miracles and manifest His power; rather, we must investigate how Nature with its immanent causes can exist’.

‘Are there many worlds or is there only one world? This is one of the noblest and most visionary questions, in the study of Nature’.
Albertus Magnus.

Albertus Magnus was known for his contributions to philosophy and natural sciences such as mathematics, astronomy and metaphysics. His work collects the totality of European knowledge of the thirteenth century, in particular in the combination of Aristotelian knowledge with Christian doctrine.

This 1651 Lyon edition was edited by Pierre Jammy, the best-known scholar and exegete of Albertus Magnus.

Large full leather binding with cold-pressed embossed plates and spine with 5 ribs, with gold titles and golden fleurons in the raised bands. Embossed plates: concentric frames with floral decorations. Crisp interior with clear pages and bright inks. Two-tone red and black title page, ownership stamp, restored on the back, animated editorial mark with motto: ‘Alium Haec Concordia Monstrat Amorem’.
Complete with all pages Pp. [12], 235, 356, [29].

Albertus Magnus of Bollstädt, Doctor Universalis, also known as Albert the Great or Albert of Cologne (Lauingen, 1206– Cologne, 1280), German writer and philosopher.
He is considered the greatest German philosopher of the Middle Ages, both for his great erudition and for his commitment to keeping the philosophical and theological sphere distinct.
Among the disciplines of which he has been a great scholar are logic, physics, astronomy, biology, mineralogy, chemistry, as well as philosophical disciplines.
He allowed the West, as Severino Boezio and Giacomo da Venezia also did, to penetrate Aristotle's texts. He was also the teacher of Thomas Aquinas. The Catholic Church venerates him as the patron saint of scientists and doctor of the Church.

Full title:
Beati Alberto Magni, ratisbonensis episcopi, ordinis praedicatorum, summa de creaturis, divisa in duas partes, quarum primae est de quatuor coauis, secunda de homine, recognita per r.a.p.f. Petrum Iammy, sacrae theologiae doctorem, conuentus gratianapolitani, eiusdem ordinis, nunc primum in lucem prodit. Operum tomus decimus-nonus.
Lugduni : sumptibus Claudi Prost. Petri & Claudii Rigaud, frat. Hieronymi Delagarde. Ioann.Ant.Hvguetan, 1651
(Reference: TOOE027473. - Marca tipogr. sul front. - Rom., cors. - Iniz., final., fregi e testate silogr. - Part of: Beati Alberti Magni...Opera quae hactenus haberi potuerunt, sub r.miss pp.ff. Thomae Turco, Nicolao Rodulphio, Ioan. Baptistae de lucem edita. Studio & labore r.a.p.f. Petri Iammy...Lugduni: sumptibus Claudii Prost. Petri & Claudii Rigaud. Hieronymi Delagarde. Ioan. Ant. Hvguetan. - Segn.: a6, 2A-Z6, Aaa-Ddd6, Eee-Fff4, Ggg6

Lot details
Number of Books
Author/ Illustrator
Alberto Magno
Book Title
De Creaturis
Publication year oldest item
Original language
Sumptibus Claudi Prost, Petri & Claudii Rigaud frat, Hieronymi Delagarde, Ioan Ant. Huguetan, 1651
Binding/ Material
Limited edition
Number of pages
392×253 mm
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