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Ficinus, Marsilius
DELLA CHRISTIANA RELIGIONE. PISA: LORENZO AND ANGELO DI FIRENZE, 2 JUNE 1484
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Ficinus, Marsilius
DELLA CHRISTIANA RELIGIONE. PISA: LORENZO AND ANGELO DI FIRENZE, 2 JUNE 1484
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Ficinus, Marsilius
DELLA CHRISTIANA RELIGIONE. PISA: LORENZO AND ANGELO DI FIRENZE, 2 JUNE 1484
Chancery folio (262 x 196mm.), 114 leaves, *2 a-i l-o8 p6 q2, 31 lines, roman type, 2- to 9-line initial spaces, modern crushed red morocco by Gozzi of Modena, gilt edges, matching board slipcase, a few marginal paper repairs
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Provenance

Francesco Arrighi, inscription at foot of a5

Literature

Goff F151; HR 7074; BMC vii 1095; Bod-inc F-047; GW 9879

Catalogue Note

THE SECOND BOOK PRINTED IN PISA. This is the only book known to have been printed by Lorenzo and Angelo di Firenze, using typographical material of Florentine origin. Angelo is not heard of again, but Lorenzo may well have continued his printing career in Pescia.

This text is important as Ficino's statement of humanist theology, minimising the gap between Christianity and pagan philosophy (Ficino himself was both philosopher and priest). It was very influential in the development of Neoplatonic thinking, and Ficino notably avoided referring to scholastic theologians and the Church Fathers.

The text is reprinted from the first edition (Florence, [1474-1475]), with an additional letter at the end from Ficino to a "most faithful friend" regarding pagan philosophers. It has been surmised that Lorenzo de' Medici may have been the patron behind both the establishment of the press and of the printing of this edition. The colophon details that this edition has been "conpilate e agiunte pel sopradeto famosissimo philosopo platonicho MARSILIO ficino fiorentino".

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