I discorsi [...] sopra i tre libri dell'anima d'Aristotele, divisi in quattro libri

Autore: VENIER, Francesco (1505-1581)

Tipografo: Andrea Arrivabene

Dati tipografici: Venezia, 1555


8vo (163x105 mm). [4], 134, [2] leaves. Collation: *4 A-Q8 R-S4. Printer's device on title page, woodcut initials. Contemporary vellum with inked title on upper and lower edge (spine recently reinforced, new endpapers). Old ownership entry by a certain Orazio Ruggeri on title page. Worm holes at the beginning and at the end of the volume slightly affecting the text, scattered staining throughout, a modest copy, tough on strong paper.

First edition, dedicated by the author to the doge of the same name, Francesco Venier, of this interesting treatise on psychology, which takes the form of a commentary on Aristotle's De anima. In the first part, the author discusses the origin of the soul, reporting on this the opinions of the ancients, its seat and faculties, the usefulness of psychology, etc. The second part is devoted to the sensory organs, imagination, and memory. The third deals with cognitive functions and the fourth and last with the human intellect.

I Discorsi were inspired by the desire to make Aristotelian psychology accessible to a wider public. In the work's preface, Venier states that his edition is not a mere translation, but aims to make Aristotle's dictation clearer, also using the texts of interpreters and commentators as support (cf. L. Carotti, Venier, Francesco, in: “Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani”, vol. 98, 2020, s.v.).

Francesco Venier held numerous offices in the Venetian Republic, was a patron of the arts and a great collector of antiquities.

Edit 16, CNCE29684; Schüling, Bibliographie der psycologischen Literatur, p. 264.


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