De vita libri tres (De triplici vita). [Basel: Johann Amerbach, not after 1498]
4to (203 x 150mm.), 100 leaves, a-l8 m-n6, 35 lines plus headline, roman type, 3- to 6-line initial spaces, numerous early annotations (some in red ink in an attractive hand), old half calf over wooden boards in imitation of a contemporary binding, uncut, quire a misbound, some wormholes in text and binding, calf rubbed
This is one of several fifteenth-century editions, following the first of 1489. Ficino's spiritual work comprises three sections, on healthy living, on long life, and on obtaining a life in accord with the heavens, the last of which drew negative attention from the Church authorities for containing heretical themes.
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