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    The First Venetian Edition of one of
    St. Thomas Aquinas' Most Important Works

    [Saint] Thomas Aquinas. Summa contra gentiles, sive De veritate Catholicae fidei. Venice: Franciscus Renner, de Heilbronn, and Nicolaus de Frankfordia, (n.d., not after 1476). First Venetian edition. Quarto and folio volume (the preliminary quire is quarto; quires 2-12 are folio; quires 13 and 15 are mixed quarto and folio; quire 14 is quarto; quires 16-22 are folio; the remainder of the book is quarto). *6, a-z10, A-E10 . 278 (of 285), lacks blank, 2-6 of index leaves and leaf 212 (all supplied in fine color facsimiles). Later vellum spine over marbled boards, title in gilt on spine, library sticker "73" at head of spine. Some soiling and minor wear to binding, hinges starting, sticker removed from front pastedown. Bookplate "Karl Zinkgraf" on inside front board. First leaf (index), soiled and with repair. Outer and inner margins damp stains, text mostly clean. Some pinhole worming, affecting a few letters, at front and back. Few old ink notes to outer margins, and hand numbered pagination at top of outer margins. Leaf 272 (hand numbered 2067) misbound between 231 and 232 (hand numbered 2030 + 2031). Still, a good copy with wide margins.
    CIBN dates the book "not after 1476"; BMC cites that the Olmütz copy is dated 1476 by the rubricator. Renner's edition was preceded by the Strassburg edition by the "Printer of the Henricus Arminensis," not after 1474 (Goff T-190) and Arnoldus Pannartz's Roman edition of 20 September 1475 (Goff T-191). Composed ca 1259-1264, in Paris, Naples, and Orvieto. Hain 1386. BMC V, 193. Goff T192. Pell 987. Oates 1658. Michelitsch 61. Mich 61. CIBN: T-164. Buffevent 498. Lefevre 477 Zehnacker 2235. Polain (B) 4762. UBE 5618. CCIR T: 38. Mendes 1257. Sheppard 3340. GW: M46570. ISTC: it001920000. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    Thomas Aquinas. Summa contra gentiles, sive De veritate Catholicae fidei. Venice: Franciscus Renner, de Heilbronn, and Nicolaus de Frankfordia, (Not after 1476). 4to. & folio. *6, a-z10, A-E10 . 278 (of 285), lacks blank, 2-6 of index leaves and leaf 212 (all supplied in fine color facsimiles). Vellum spine over marbled boards, title in gilt on spine, library sticker "73" at head of spine. Book plate "Karl Zinkgraf" to inside front board. First leaf (index), soiled and with repair. Outer and inner margins damp stains, text mostly clean. Some pinhole worming, affecting a few letters, at front and back. Few old ink notes to outer margins, and hand numbered pagination at top of outer margins. Leaf 272 (hand numbered 2067) misbound between 231 & 232 (hand numbered 2030 + 2031). Wide margins. First Venetian edition.

    St. Thomas Aquinas Philosopher, theologian, doctor of the Church (Angelicus Doctor), patron of Catholic universities, colleges, and schools. Born at Rocca Secca in the Kingdom of Naples, 1225 or 1227; died at Fossa Nuova, 7 March, 1274.

    One of the main works of the scholastic philosophers and theologians, particularly for use in an Islamic and Jewish environment.

    "In the fall of 1252, Thomas Aquinas went to Paris to study theology. After 4 four years Aquinas received permission to teach theology at the university. He lectured on the Sententiae (Sentences) of Peter Lombard and the Gospel of Matthew. In the spring of 1256, Aquinas was incepted as a master of theology, and was regent master in theology at Paris until 1259. During that time he began writing one of his major works, the Summa contra Gentiles (Summary against the Gentiles).

    The Summa contra Gentiles shows Aquinas putting forward important arguments in favor of the Christian faith. This Summary was for the benefit of missionaries working among Jews and Muslims. Aquinas left Paris for Naples in 1259, where he was head of the Dominican house of studies.

    The Summa contra Gentiles is a profoundly significant work in the history of philosophy. In many ways it acts as an encyclopedia of the learning of the day in that we can find our way into the mental life of the era in which it was written. Keep in mind that this work contains the lectures of a great Doctor at the most prestigious university in Europe in the middle of the thirteenth century. Aquinas divides the Summa contra Gentiles into four books. The first three books try to set out theological positions that can be established by philosophical reasoning alone. Book IV, an exposition of scripturally revealed doctrine, complements the first three books. The topics of these books are as follows:

    Book I: Of God as He is in Himself; This deals with the method of discussing God, whether God's existence can be proved, God's nature and other attributes.

    Book II: God the Origin of Creatures; Book II examines God as creator and the nature of creation, while paying particular attention to the nature of human beings.

    Book III: God the End of Creatures; This book considers God as the good and the end (goal) of purposive action and his providential government, especially regarding rational creatures.

    Book IV: Of God in His Revelation; Book IV deals with Christian teaching on the trinity and incarnation, the sacraments, the resurrection of the dead and their final state." (Aquinas Theology: Summa Contra Gentiles, University of Saint Thomas, Saint Paul, MN).

    The preliminary quire is quarto; quires 2-12 are folio; quires 13 and 15 are mixed quarto and folio; quire 14 is quarto; quires 16-22 are folio; the remainder of the book is quarto.

    CIBN dates the book "not after 1476"; BMC cites that the OlmŸtz copy is dated 1476 by the rubricator. Renner's edition was preceded by the Strassburg edition by the "Printer of the Henricus Arminensis," not after 1474 (Goff T-190) and Arnoldus Pannartz's Roman edition of 20 September 1475 (Goff T-191). Composed ca 1259-1264, in Paris, Naples, and Orvieto. Hain 1386. BMC V, 193. Goff T192. Pell 987. Oates 1658. Michelitsch 61. Mich 61. CIBN:T-164. Buffevent 498. Lefevre 477 Zehnacker 2235. Polain (B) 4762. UBE 5618. CCIR T:38. Mendes 1257. Sheppard 3340. GW: M46570. ISTC: it001920000.



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