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Scaliger, Iulius Caesar. Iulii Caesaris Scaligeri ... Poetices libri septem. 1. Historicus, 2. Hyle, 3. Idea, 4. Parasceue, 5. Criticus, 6. Hypercriticus, 7. Epinomis, ... - Editio tertia. [Ginevra], apud Petrum Santandreanum, 1586.

8vo (180x110 mm), contemporary limp vellum, handwritten title at three raised bands spine, pp [24], 945, [ i.e. 949], [67].
Xylographic headletters and decorations. Musical notation along the text.

Uncommon Swiss edition of Scaligero's Poetices, published posthumously.

His Poetices (Lyons, 1561; Leyden, 1581) appeared after his death. With many paradoxes, with many criticisms which are below contempt, and many indecent displays of personal animosity, "especially in his reference to Etienne Dolet, over whose death he gloated with brutal malignity", it yet contains acute criticism based on the Poetics of Aristotle, an influential treatise in the history of literary criticism. Like many of his generation Scaliger prized Virgil above Homer. His praise of the tragedies of Seneca over those of the Greeks influenced both Shakespeare and Pierre Corneille.

Julius Caesar Scaliger (1484-1558), or Giulio Cesare della Scala, was an Italian scholar and physician who spent a major part of his career in France. He employed the techniques and discoveries of Renaissance humanism to defend Aristotelianism against the new learning. In spite of his arrogant and contentious disposition, his contemporary reputation was high, judging him so distinguished by his learning and talents that, according to Jacques August de Thou, none of the ancients could be placed above him, and the age in which he lived could not show his equal.

Provenance: Nobiliar ring stamp (not identified) at title-page.

References: IT\ICCU\BVEE\009839. OCLC, 319920720.


A neat repair in the blank corner of the title-page; otherwise a good copy

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[Poetry] Scaligero, Poetices, 1586

Estimate €400 - €500Nov 27, 2018