Venice: [Johannes Herbort, de Seligenstadt] for Johannes de Colonia, Nicolaus Jenson et Socii, 8th July 1481. Folio (pages 307 x 202 mm). 310 leaves including first blank. Collation: a-z10, A-H10. Two columns, gothic type, 56 lines per page, headlines. a1 blank (and present). First page of text rubricated with blue and red floriated design on a gold base, and large manuscript initial; also with manuscript armorial design at base in same colours with green and gold embellishment at the border (a2). Printer's device in red (H2), table (H3), register (H10). Else unrubricated. 19th century gilt stamped half calf with decorative paper over boards. Very minor worming to first few leaves. Some soiling and spotting to the first few leaves. Leaves a1 and a10 remargined at gutter. Some early marginalia, table annotated, minor damp staining to head of table, brown spotting and soiling to table. Early ownership signatures on first page of text. Otherwise, a remarkably clean and tall copy with lovely hand-coloring on the first leaf, heightened in gold.
An Italian of the Dominican order, Thomas Aquinas rose to fame as the father of the Thomistic school of theology. "Combining traditional principles of theology with modern philosophic thought, St. Thomas Aquinas' treatises touched upon the questions and struggles of medieval intellectuals, church authorities, and everyday people alike...A prolific writer, St. Thomas Aquinas penned close to 60 known works. His philosophical and theological writings spanned a wide spectrum of topics, including commentaries on the Bible and discussions of Aristotle's writings on natural philosophy" (Biography). At base, all of Aquinas' work sought to bring the religious and the rational into alignment, showing that the existence of God was not only a matter of faith but proveable through logic. The present volume "dates from St. Thomas' first teaching years in Paris where...as a new teacher he was expected to prepare lectures based on the Sentences of Peter Lombard" (Aquinas Institute). It represents some of Aquinas' earliest thinking, and can be considered the groundwork for later developments in his worldview.
Goff T-171. (Item #2414)