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Buridanus, Johannes

Summula de dialectica Petri Hispani.


Analysis of Content

Part I.

A1r Buridanus, Johannes: Summula de dialectica Petri Hispani. [Edited by Thomas Bricot.] Incipit: ‘[D]ialectica est ars artium ad omnium methodorum principia viam habens . . .’ See Faral, ‘Jean Buridan: notes sur les manuscrits', 2-3. Extracts printed in Jan Pinborg, ‘The Summulae: Tractatus I “De introductionibus”  ’, in The Logic of John Buridan, ed. Jan Pinborg, Opuscula Graecolatina, 9 (Copenhagen, 1976), 82-8; N. J. Green-Pedersen, ‘The Summulae of John Buridan: Tractatus VI “De locis”  ’, ed. Pinborg, 129-38; Sten Ebbesen, ‘The Summulae: Tractatus VII “De fallaciis”  ’, ed. Pinborg, 153-8. Tractatus IV in ‘Giovanni Buridano: Tractatus de suppositionibus,' ed. Maria Elena Reina, Revista critica di storia della filosofia, 12 (1957), 175-208, 323-52. For a modern, English translation, with introduction of the whole work, see John Buridan, Summulae de Dialectica, an Annotated Translation, with a Philosophical Introduction by Gyula Klima (New Haven and London, 2001); see also Michael, Studien, 500-3; Zupko, John Buridan, 277.

C5v Bricot, Thomas: [Verse.] Incipit: ‘Aurea perspicui quem scripta iuuant Buridani par | Est eximii te meminisse Bricot'; distichs. Faral, HLF 28, 499-500.

C5v [Colophon.]

a1v [Bricot, Thomas: Advertisement.] Faral, HLF 28, 500-1.

a1v [Verse.] Incipit: ‘Diuitias sacre quisquis spectare Minerue | Et felix tantis iam cupis esse bonis'; 14 elegiac distichs.

Part II.

a2r Dorp, Johannes: [Commentary on Summula de dialectica.] Incipit: ‘[I]ste est tractatus summularum magistri Johannis Buridani qui in se continet nouem tractatus partiales . . .’ See Faral, HLF 28, 501; Michael, Studien, 542-52.


Imprint: [Lyons]: Janon Carcain [for Michel le Noir in Paris?], 15 Nov. 1487. Folio.

Remarks: Variant settings of a1-2,7-8 and a3r, a6v are noted in GW (e.g. Munich, BSB). Issued in two parts.


Collation: Part I: Text: A B8 C6; part II: commentary: a8 b8+1 c–n8 o6 p–ſ8 t10.

Types: Type: Sheppard notes that type 66 G as used here has only plain ‘P', as type 57 G [P.4 or 5, Haebler 2].

Illustrations: Eight schematic woodcuts.


ISTC: ib01296200

GW: GW 5759;

Hain: HC 4110 = H *6399;

Proctor: Pr 8588A;

Others: BSB‑Ink B‑988; CIBN B‑914; Sheppard 6635.

LCN: 14888355


Copy number: B-599(1)

Wanting gatherings A–C (Buridanus).

Binding: Contemporary blind-tooled quarter calf over wooden boards, with two metal clasps and catches on the outer edge, and two further metal clasps with the remains of the catches, one each on the upper and lower edges. Probably rebound when gatherings A–C were removed. Each cover is decorated with a repeated lattice-work stamp and five rectangles formed by quadruple fillets and divided by further quadruple fillets into triangular compartments, each decorated with a small flower-petal stamp. Spine decorated with lozenge-shaped and triangular compartments formed by quadruple fillets and decorated with the small flower-petal stamp (stamps now badly worn). Title in black ink, within a wreath, on the upper cover.

Size: 325 × 225 × 45 mm.

Size of leaf: 305 × 216 mm.

Running headings and some marginal notes in a humanist hand.

Title ‘Buridani summule' along the lower edge.

Provenance: Hieronymus Malelavallus; inscription on front endleaf: ‘Hieronymi Malelaualli [ ] et amicorum'. Purchased for 120 Francs from Anatole Claudin, 10 July, 1900, no. 98589; label pasted on the recto of the front endleaf; see also Library Bills (1900).

SHELFMARK: Inc. c. F2.1487.1.

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