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    Important Work Responsible for Reviving
    Platonic Thought in the Late Fifteenth Century

    Plotinus [Plotinos]. De rebus philosophicis Libri LIII. in enneades sex distributi, a Marsilio Ficnio Florentino e Graeca lingua in Latinam versi, et ab eodem doctissmis commentarijs illsutrati. Solingen: Johannes Soter, 1540. Second edition of Ficino's famous translation (the first edition Florence, 1492). Folio. 2A8, a-kk8, ll4, A-Kk6, Ll-Mm4. [8], CCIIIp. [1] pages. Decorated initials. Contemporary German binding, half pigskin over wooden boards. Pigskin decorated with blind-tooled panels and roll stamps. Brass clasps lacking. Small wormholes sometimes affecting text, dampstaining, foxing and some browning - all heavier in the beginning of the book. Several stamps from Swiss libraries on front free endpaper and title page. Ink inscription on verso of title in Latin: dated 15 February 1789, from Maximus Sencrandus to his friend, the German physician and philologist Johann Michael Bernhold (1736-1797). Rare Solingen edition. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    Very rare Solingen imprint of this collection of 54 treatises in which he attempts to reconcile Christian doctrine with the classical philosophies and originally edited and compiled by his student Porphyry (c.270 AD), is commented by Marsillio Ficino (1433-1499) one of the most influential humanist philosophers of the early Italian Renaissance.

    Second edition of Ficino's famous translation (1st ed: Florence, 1492) of the "Enneads" by Plotinus (204-270) a major philosopher who is usually considered to be the founder of Neoplatonism. It is not only important because it made Plotinus accessible to Western World but especially because it contains a letter by Ficino addressed to his maecenas Lorenzo de Medici with valuable information on the revival of the Platonic thought in the late fifteenth century.

    Adams: P-1598, VD16: P-3572, Hoffmann III: 170, Soltesz P:664, STC German: 705.



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