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[8 volumes of various works by Aristotle & Cicero's Letters bound in vellum ms fragments] Frankfurt, Wechel heirs, 1596-1600

ARISTOTLE  (1596-1600)

£6000.00 

Naturalis auscultationis libri viii. Iul. pacius a Beriga... latina interpretatione auxit, & commentariis analyticis illustrauit, 1596. [24], 992pp. - note of cost of binding 

Organon... 1598, [32], 951[1]pp

Artis rhetoricae libri tres ab Antonio Riccobono latine conversi. Eiusdem Rhetoricae paraphrasis, etc. 1588. 2 parts [4], 288; 354, [2]pp

Ethicorum ad Nicomachum libri decem, ab Antonio Riccobono latine conversi (Commentarii), 1596. 818, [2]pp, last leaf with device on verso - note of cost of binding

De anima libri tres, graece et latine, Iul. Pacio a Beriga interprete. Accesserunt eiusdem Pacii in eosdem libros commentarius analyticus, 1596. 441, [3(blank)]p.  

CICERO, Marcus Tullius. Epistolae ad Atticum, ad Brutum, et ad Q. fratrem. Editio ad manutianam et brutinam conformata, 1599. 548p. - MANUTIUS, Paulus. In epistolas M.Tullii Ciceronis, quae familiares vocantur, Paulli [sic] Manutii commentarius... Addita est alter eiusdem commentarius in epistolas ad M. Brutum & Quinctum fratrem, 1600. 2 volumes, [8], [949, [3], [953]-1558, [178]p., last leaf with device on verso; 204, [20p., last leaf with device on verso] together 3 volumes

8 volumes. 8vo  163 x 103mm.) similarly bound in vellum over pasteboard, yapp edges, the vellum taken from a noted Antiphonal ('Rorate caeli desuper' and other texts), the first volume only having all edges gilt and gauffered

 

A fascinating fragment of a private library of an Austrian civil servant with precise notes of purchase in Tübingen and Prague from 1598-1609.

The Aristotle volumes were acquired as follows: De naturali auscultatione 30 October 1598 at Tübingen - Organon 9 January 1599 at Tübingen; Nicomachean Ethics 1 March 1599 Tübingen - Rhetorica 14 January 1606 at Prague-  De anima 14 January 1607 at Prague. The latest acquired volume is the text of Cicero's Letters  acquired in Prague 29 April 1609, the two volumes of Manutius' commentary having been bought there on 21 April 1608. 'Quaedam tempora eripiuntur nobis, quaedam subducuntur, quaedam effluunt. turpissima tamen est iactura, quae per negligentiam fit' (Ep. Ad Luc. 1, 1) and 'Maximum vivendi impedimentum est expectatio, quae ex crastino pendet' (De brevitate vitae 9).

Provenance: Johann Leonhard Fleiner of Esslingen (1575/8-1636/7)  with his notes of date of purchase 1598-1609 in Tübingen and Prague. He was the son of Dionysios Fleiner and Anna Schertlin. Educated at Tübingen where he matriulated 5. Mai 1593, he received his bachelor's degree 11.9.1594. A Jurist, he became Secretarius and Registrator in the imperial 'Hofmarschallamt' (Office of the Superior Marshall)  in Vienna and was in the service of Leonhard VII (d. 1645), Carl Graf Harrach of Rohrau, and left his library to that branch of the Harrach family. The Rohrau pressmarks are to be found on all these volumes, both written directly onto the spine and on small paper labels (e.g. No. 5/112 Rohrau). The Harrach family had immense collections, notably of paintings, now in Vienna. Rohrau was the birthplace of the composer Haydn, whose mother was cook to the Harrachs.

The volumes have the modern utilitarian stamp of Hermann Funke. This may be Hermann Funke (1938-2015), classical scholar and politician, author of the pamphlet Aristoteles: Schicksal einer Überlieferung: vom Manuskript zur Editio princeps, Frankfurt am Main: Kaiser, 1997. 

Stock Code: 220984