Description[Featured Lot] Liceti, Fortunio. Allegoria Peripetatica De Generatione Amicitia et Privatione In Aristotellicum Aenigma Elia Lelia Crispis. Padua: Gaspar Crivellarius, 1630. 4to. [a]4,b4,A-2X4. ,321,pp. Contemporary calf, rebacked, duplicate sale stamp from the British Library sale of 1787 on verso of t.p., edges red with title in mss. on front edge,browning to edges of endpapers caused by leather turn-ins, a few edge repairs, else a very clean crisp copy. Large allegorical device on t.p.repeated on b4v. Text woodcuts, 1 full-page. First Edition. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
Krown & Spellman retail: $850
Liceti (1577-1657) was an Italian physician and scholar. He taught at Padua and Pisa and was involved in numerous disputes. He wrote on a variety of subjects--astronomy. mysticism, numismatics, gynecology, monsters, light, phosphorescence and gems.
"...there is an epitaph cut on a block of white and red marble, which exists in Bologna. As it is a complete enigma, it has exercised the wits of many persons for three hundred years to find out its meaning and application," Ferguson I,6. In the "Theatrum Chemicum" it is seen as alchemical and related to the philosopher's stone. [See Ferguson I,6 for a discussion.]"Licetus reads the whole philosophy of Aristotle into the monument. He mentions the report that it was 'sculptured in stone, formerly set in a high position on the walls of St Peter's,'...He thinks the inscription contains the summation of a serious philosophical theory about the origin of mundane things, a theory that was 'scientifico-moralis' or 'etico-physica.''
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