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Summule fratris Dominici Soto Segobiensis ordinis predicatorum artium magistri (Burgos: Juan de Junta, 1529) .

The printer of this volume, Juan de Junta, is another member of the Giunta family and its printing empire. About the time that his cousin, Jacopo, went to Lyon to establish the family business there (see catalogue n° 71), Juan went to Spain (ca. 1520). He published his first book in Burgos in 1526, and was active there and in Salamanca until 1558.

The writings of Domingo de Soto (†1560; catalogue n° 50, n° 52) illustrate the continuity of medieval intellectual traditions within the Dominican Order. Besides writing commentaries on medieval theological works (the four books of Peter Lombard's Sentences and the three parts of Thomas Aquinas's first two books of the Summa theologiae), he wrote commentaries on Aristotle's Organon, Physics, and De anima, and on Porphyry's Isagoge "ad modum parisiense." More exceptionally, Domingo's Summule present a complete treatment of the distinctive terminist logic of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. Among many other topics, the work includes tracts or Opuscula de suppositione, de consequentiis, de exponibilibus, de insolubilibus, and de obligationibus. Although he expounds the "three ways" of William of Ockham, John Duns Scotus and Thomas Aquinas, this Dominican shows a preference for the via nominalista.

This is the first edition of the work; sixteen more editions were printed during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The edition includes several complex diagrams (fols. 62v, 64v, 120v), including an excellent Arbor terminorum (fol. 15v), which comprehends in its branches and off-shoots all of the parts of linguistic philosophy. The book is rather rare; apparently, this is the only copy in the United States.

References: Beltrán de Heredia 526; IA 3/3: 52; Nicolás López Martínez, "Fuentes impresas de Lógica hispano-portuguesa del siglo XVI," in RHCEE 1: 438-40, 462 no 231; William Pettas, A Sixteenth-Century Spanish Bookstore: The Inventory of Juan de Junta (Philadelphia: Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, 1995). A 1554 edition of the Summule has been reprinted (Hildesheim: G. Olms, 1980).

Catalogue No. 70
Call Number: Rare Books DURAND AGM 3374      Catalog Record

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