Venice: Bernardinus Stagninus de Tridino, April 10, 1486. Fifth edition. Folio (309 x 214 mm). Collates: a2-p8, q-r6, aa-mm8, [2 leaves]: 229 of 230 leaves, complete but for the initial blank. Gothic type in double columns, seventy lines plus headline, capital spaces with guide letters. Two leaves in the final signature rubricated in red. Bound in contemporary blindstamped pigskin over wooden boards with two clasps, paper spine label. Binding holding well, but soiled and with many small wormholes. Tear to leaf ee2 neatly repaired. A few leaves with light marginal dampstaining, a few pinpoint wormholes throughout, otherwise a clean and well-margined copy. A few leaves with contemporary marginal annotations. Housed in a custom clamshell case.
The third and last part of Aquinas' great theological synthesis. The work remained unfinished and was added with the 'Supplementum' by his companion and friend Reginald de Privorno. This edition is a reprint of J. Manthen's 1478 edition, the first to contain the 'Supplementum'. According to BMC, the type of the present edition appears in no others. The founder of Thomist philosophy, Aquinas used his writings, "particularly the Summa Theologicae and the Summa Contra Gentiles to synthesize reason and faith, philosophy and theology, university and monastery, and activity and contemplation. In his writings, however, faith and theology ultimately took precedence over reason and philosophy because the former were presumed to give access to the real" (Britannica). Aquinas' attempts to bring reason and faith into dialogue has shaped Catholic thinking in the long run, tapping into key questions about how humans can access truth.
BMC V, p. 364. Goff T-222. Hain *1470. Polain 3759. PMM, 30 (for the first edition). Proctor 4826. (Item #2615)