1551 1ed ALDINE Aristotle Meteorology Weather Comets + Byzantine Olympiodorus

OLYMPIODORUS, Alexandrinus

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“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”

― Aristotle

 

‘Meteorology’ is one of Aristotle’s most famous and important treatises. While the majority of his works stem from philosophy, this one is strictly from a scientific viewpoint – a view in which Aristotle sought to collect and describe all of the major weather patterns and properties including water evaporation, earthquakes, tornadoes, lightning and thunder, and wind and fire. This work is thought to be one of the earliest on hydrology as well as an early work on the earth being a sphere!

 

In the 5th-century, Byzantine astrologer Olympiodorus the Younger wrote a commentary on Aristotle’s ‘Meteorology’. In his commentary and notes, he mentions a comet that he observed in the year 565. This commentary is notable because it is the only ancient commentary on meteorology that has survived in its entirety. It is curious though, that Olympiodorus’s commentary is often paired with that of Johannes Philoponus, a 5th-century Christian philosopher and Aristotle commentator.

 

This 1551 first Aldine edition of Olympiodorus’s commentary is extremely valuable

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1551 1ed ALDINE Aristotle Meteorology Weather Comets + Byzantine Olympiodorus

 

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”

― Aristotle

 

‘Meteorology’ is one of Aristotle’s most famous and important treatises. While the majority of his works stem from philosophy, this one is strictly from a scientific viewpoint – a view in which Aristotle sought to collect and describe all of the major weather patterns and properties including water evaporation, earthquakes, tornadoes, lightning and thunder, and wind and fire. This work is thought to be one of the earliest on hydrology as well as an early work on the earth being a sphere!

 

In the 5th-century, Byzantine astrologer Olympiodorus the Younger wrote a commentary on Aristotle’s ‘Meteorology’. In his commentary and notes, he mentions a comet that he observed in the year 565. This commentary is notable because it is the only ancient commentary on meteorology that has survived in its entirety. It is curious though, that Olympiodorus’s commentary is often paired with that of Johannes Philoponus, a 5th-century Christian philosopher and Aristotle commentator.

 

This 1551 first Aldine edition of Olympiodorus’s commentary is extremely valuable

Item number: #6391

Price: $1500

OLYMPIODORUS, Alexandrinus

Olympiodori philosophi Alexandrini In Meteora Aristotelis commentarii. Ioannis Grammatici Philoponi Scholia in primum Meteorum Aristotelis.

Venetiis : Apud Aldi filios : Expensis uero nobilis uiri Domini Federici de Turrisanis eorum auunculi., M.D LI. [1551] First Edition.

 

Details:

  • Collation: Complete with all pages

o   [4], 139 leaves

  • References: USTC 845366; Edit16 47146;
  • Language: Latin
  • Binding: Vellum; tight & secure
  • Size: ~12.25in X 8.25in (31cm x 21cm)
  • Extremely rare with auction records and price comparisons at over $2600

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Categories

Classical Greco-Roman

Philosophy

Medicine & Science

Authors

OLYMPIODORUS, Alexandrinus

Printing Date

16th Century

Language

Latin

Binding

Vellum

Book Condition

Excellent

Collation

Complete