2 Boethius, ..comments by Thomas of Aquino/ Virtual Book Fair 10

Description: The importance of this book can hardly be exaggerated

De consolatione philosophie duplici commentario videlicet sancti Thome & Jodoci badii ascensii cum utriusque tabula. Item eiusdem de disciplina scholarium cum explanatione et quintilianum de officio discipulorum diligenter annotata.

Rouen, for Joannis Mace, Rennes, 1519. 2 parts in 1 vol. 4to Modern vellum, with red morocco title-label on spine. Large woodcut devices of Jean Macé on the two titles, and on verso of the last leaf; first title printed in red and black. Several fine woodcut initials. (156); (32) lvs.

Beautifully produced edition, printed at Rouen for Jean Macé at Rennes, of this famous book by Boethius, with the comments by Thomas of Aquino and Josse Badius Ascensius skillfully arranged in smaller type around Boethius's text. Added with separate title is the famous pseudo-Boethius's text on school discipline together with Quintilianus's text on the duty of pupils, also in edited by Josse Badius Ascensius, and also with Badius's comments in small print around the main text.
Anicius Manlius Torquatus Severinus Boethius (ca. 475-ca. 525), celebrated philosopher and pedagogue, Roman consul, and councillor of King Theodoric of the Ostrogoths, wrote his De consolatione philosophiae in prison at the end of his life when he had fallen into disgrace. In this very influential work he tried to establish a bridge between classical philosophy and christian scholastic thought. The importance of the book can hardly be exaggerated. All through the Middle Ages the book found a large number of commentators and imitators, inspired philosophy as well as literature, and was considered most suitable for use at schools. It inspired great authors like Jean de Meung, Chaucer and Dante. The added treatises were basic sources for the ideas on the organisation of education and the duties of students, and especially in the Renaissance on all questions of education.

Fine copy of a rare edition.- (Few small wormholes in first lvs.; a few unobtrusive stains; occasionally very sl. browned).
Renouard, Badius Ascensius, II, p. 211-212, nr. 22; not in Adams, or in STC French; not in NUC.
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