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Avenzohar | Liber teisir, Venice, 1496, limp vellum, and other works

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Avenzohar, Averroes, Marco Antonio Zimara, Niccolò Boneto

Three works published by Ottaviano Scoto in one volume, comprising:

Avenzohar. Liber Teisir, sive Rectificatio medicationis et regiminis. Averroes: Colliget [edited by Hieronymus Surianus]. Venice: Bonetus Locatellus, for Octavianus Scotus, 31 May 1496, 108 leaves, a-d8 e-f6 g-o8, double column, 66 lines plus headline, gothic type, woodcut printer's device below colophon, a few small wormholes in gutter

Zimara, Marcantonio. Theoremata seu memorabilium propositionum limitationes noviter impressa. Venice: (heirs of Ottaviano Scoto, 20 April) 1531, woodcut printer's device on title-page and beneath colophon, woodcut initials, with final blank leaf, stained

Boneto, Niccolò. Habes Nicholai Bonetti... quattuor volumina: Metaphysicam videlicet naturalem phylosophiam praedicamenta ecnon theologiam naturalem... [edited by Lorenzo Venier]. Venice: Boneto Locatelli for the heirs of Ottaviano Scoto, 1505, woodcut initials, woodcut printer's device beneath colophon, light staining

3 works in one volume, folio (316 x 217mm.), contemporary limp vellum, some deckle edges, binding stained and defective, lacking ties

The second edition of Avenzohar's Kitab al-Teisir, a treatise on the alleviation of disease, also containing Averroes' al-Kulliyyat, his major medical work based on Galen and (to a lesser extent) Hippocrates. Avenzohar (Ibn Zuhr) and Averroes (Ibn Rushd) were friends and contemporaries in twelfth-century Muslim Spain; these two works of theirs "were meant to constitute a comprehensive medical textbook" (DSB XII, p.7b). Both treatises were written in Arabic, translated into Hebrew and then into Latin in the thirteenth century, and first printed together in 1490/91 (Colliget first appeared on its own in 1482). The text was prepared by the Camaldolese monk Girolamo Suriano (died 1522).

Marcantonio Zimara (c. 1460-1532) studied medicine in Padua, which was the centre of the study of Averroes in Italy; this work is one of several in which he attempted to reconcile Aristotle with Averroes. It was first printed in 1523 and regularly reprinted in the sixteenth century, proving influential on contemporary scholars such as Benedetto Varchi.

Boneto was a fourteenth-century Franciscan theologian and bishop of Malta; his Aristotelian textbook on systematic philosophy, Metaphysica, was first published in Barcelona in 1493 (without any commentary). The preface for this edition by Tiberio Bazalerio mentions that Giovanni Pico della Mirandola held Boneto in great esteem. Averroes is mentioned in the title as one of the texts used by Venier for his commentary.


ISTC ia01409000 & Edit16 33335 & 6951