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Albertus Magnus Alberti Magni ad logicam pertinentia. De quinque vniuersalibus Liber vnus. De decem predicamentis Liber vnus. De sex principijs Liber vnus. De interpretatione Libri duo. De syllogismo simpliciter. id est. priorum analeticorum Libri duo. De demnstratione. id est. posteriorum analeticorum Libri duo. Thopicorum Libri octo. De sophisticis elenchis Libri duo (Venice: the heirs of Ottaviano Scoto, 1532) .

This folio volume, printed in double columns, presents Albert the Great's paraphrase commentaries on the logical works of Aristotle and two works that accompanied them in the medieval corpus, Porphyry's Isagoge (i.e., De quinque universalibus) and the Liber de sex principiis. A dedication (b2r: "Excellentissimo Philosopho ac Medico consummatissimo Marino Brocardo Veneto") and colophon (fol. 315vb) indicate that the texts were edited and corrected by Bernardinus Plumatius de Verona in 1506. The "heirs of Ottaviano Scoto" (catalogue nos 13, 32), the founder's brother Bernardino and his nephew Amadeo (active 1499-1532), first printed this collection of Albert's logical writings in 1506 (IA 1: 256), when Bernardinus Plumatius corrected the texts, and they reprinted the collection in this edition of 1532. The bibliographical literature mentions an earlier edition by "Ottaviano Scoto" in 1500, but such cannot be verified (GW no 677). We suspect that the reference to a 1500 edition stems from a mental or typographical error in Quétif-Échard (1/1: 172b). In any event, the Scotos took over an earlier edition of these works by Albert (perhaps the first--see GW 1: 322), printed in Venice in 1494 by Giovanni and Gregorio de' Gregori (GW no 677). The volume titles of the incunable and 1506 editions are identical, and, save three beginning words (Ista sunt opera...), the title is again the same in 1532 (see above); the incipit titles before the first commentary are identical in all three editions: "Incipit Diui Alberti Magni Logica diligentissime recognita. videlicet. Liber de predicabilibus. De predicamentis. De sex principijs/ Perihermenias. Liber Priorum Analyticorum. Liber Posteriorum Analyticorum. Liber Thopicorum/ Et liber Elenchorum" (fol. 1ra).
It appears that the Scotos' 1506 edition of Albert's logical works was the first in the sixteenth century, that no other edition was published until their reprinting in 1532 (not cited in the Index Aureliensis), and that indeed no other edition of Albert's collected logical works was published again throughout the century. Preceding Albert's commentaries in this edition (B2va-B4vb) is an anonymous Questio De contingenti possibili: "QUestio est vtrum Philosophus per contingens possibile intelligat contingens altum seu contingens generice sumptum indifferens ad contingens necessarium et non necessarium: vt Albertus imaginatus est primo priorum in expositione cap. 4.... et hoc modo satisfit dubitationi mote: et satis faciliter meo iudicio. Et hec de questione sufficiant ad presens." We have not been able to identify the author of the question, which reflects the fifteenth-century disputes among the schools, referring to interpretations of Aristotle and Boethius by Albert, Thomas Aquinas and the moderni.
The heirs of Ottaviano Scoto retained the circle and cross mark of the founder with the initials O, S, M, but surrounded it with a floriate embellishment (title page, fol. 315vb). A handwritten ex-libris on the second flyleaf recto of this copy states that in 1540 the book was used by a brother Michael'angelo(?) of Padua in the convent of the "Venetian monks"; a stamp on the title page indicates that the book was later owned by the Benedictine monastery in Montiémercy (France).

References: Ascarelli 330-31, 339; Fauser 1-24 nos 1-3, 5-9; Zappella, Le marche, fig. 297.

Catalogue No. 72
Call Number: Durand Collection AGL26082      Catalog Record

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