VENETUS, PAULUS. PRIMUS LIBER INCIPIT DE COMPOSITIONE MUNDI. [PARIS: 1513]
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- Primus liber incipit de compositione mundi. Summa philosophie naturalis clarissimi philosophi Pauli veneti una cum libro de compositione mundi qui astronomie... [Paris: Thomas Kees, 14 November 1513]
18 leaves (1270 x 195 mm). Gothic letter, title with printer's device and woodcut border, woodcut diagrams and signs of the zodiac; contemporary marginal annotations in sepia ink, minor marginal soiling, minor marginal repair to two corners of final two leaves. Modern limp brown paper covers.
cf. Houzeau & Lancaster 2272; Moreau 1510/163
The De compositione mundi, which includes sections on cosmography, astronomy, meteorology, geology, tides, springs and rivers, relies heavily on Ristoro's work Composizione del mondo (written in 1282). Paulus Venetus was a Roman Catholic philosopher, theologian, realist logician, and metaphysician. His writings demonstrated a broad understanding of the scientific matters and questions of his time.