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    Plutarch, pseudo. [Guillaume Budé, ed.]. De Placitis Philosophorum Naturalibus Libri Quinq. Rome: 1510.

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    Plutarch, pseudo. [Guillaume Budé, editor and translator]. De Placitis Philosophorum Naturalibus Libri Quinq. Rome: Jacob Mazochius [Giacomo Mazzocchi], 1510.

    First edition thus. Quarto. Title page in woodcut architectural border. "The Placitis Philosophorum ascribed to Plutarch is one of our main sources for the study of ancient philosophy." [Sarton]. Very good. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

    [a] 4, b-l4.  [4], xl leaves = 80 pages. Later half morocco over marbled paper covered boards with gilt title on spine and old shelf sticker. Boards rubbed at extremities, small holograph bookseller's pencil numbers and notes on end papers, previous typed description mounted on front free endpaper, old stamp of a Capuchin library of Naples on title page (rubbed and faded) and on a4v, small holes and trails from biopredation with minimal affect to few letters, foxing, occasional minor soiling or stains; nonetheless in very good condition.


    A translation of the spurious Peri ton areskonton philosophois phusikon dogmaton by Guillaume Budé.


    "The Placitis philosophorum ascribed to Plutarch is one of our main sources (though itself second hand) for the study of ancient philosophy." [Sarton]


    Regarded since the seventeenth century as pseudepigraphic because of its verbal similarities to other doxographical treatises, De placitis philosophorum sets forth, in Books I-III, the opinions of Greek natural philosophers on the questions of the makeup of the cosmos and on the operation of various celestial phenomena. Books IV-V treat of questions relating to the function of the human soul and to the nature of human reproduction and physiology. While obviously selective in its content and generally superficial in its treatment, the treatise nevertheless preserves much interesting material on topics widely debated in ancient philosophical circles.


    EDIT 16 (on-line) cnc 30300  (1 copy only). Hoffmann III,201. Durling/NLM3698.1. RLIN adds 3 copies in US [Folger, Harvard, Bancroft].

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