Five vols, 16mo; with printer’s ‘viper’ device on titles and ‘prism’ device on all final leaves; closely trimmed with some shoulder notes just shaved, but a good copy, in nineteenth-century brown morocco, panelled spines ruled in blind with labels; a few joints and headcaps sympathetically restored; from the Mount Street Jesuit Church in London, with bookplates on front paste-downs.
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Divini Platonis operum a Marsilio Ficino tralatorum tomus primus [-quintus].
The only de Tournes edition of Plato’s corpus, rare. The Latin text is that of Marsilio Ficino, the first complete translation of Plato’s work into a Western language, and ‘the best translation of that author Italy can boast’ (Enc. Brit.), which the translator discussed with the best philologists of the Florentine circle, including Poliziano and Landino; first published in 1484-85, Ficino’s landmark translation became a fundamental text in the development of Renaissance Neo-Platonic philosophy; it is here printed with the revisions of the distinguished theologian friend of Melanchthon and Erasmus Simon Grynaeus.
Cartier 179. BMSTC (French), p. 353. Not in Adams.
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Introduction to semantics.
First edition. The letter inserted in this copy, dated February 26th 1947, is one leaf, penned and signed by Carnap, and addressed to R.P. Brady, a graduate student whose idea of a new introduction to Principia Mathematica Carnap finds ‘very interesting’. In response to Brady’s request, Carnap offers a reading list on mathematical logic with brief comments, adding Cramer’s Mathematical methods in statistics as a final suggestion in the field of probability and statistics.
FLORENT DE SALES [pseudonym].
Vrai systême du monde physique et moral. [s.n., s.l., but Switzerland], 1797.
Only edition, rare, of this utopia, the identity of whose author, and even of whose printer, remains unknown.