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Dialoghi Di Amore, Composti Per Leone Medico

Dialoghi Di Amore, Composti Per Leone Medico by ABRAVANEL, Judah Leon (1545)

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Author: ABRAVANEL, Judah Leon
Title: Dialoghi Di Amore, Composti Per Leone Medico
Year: 1545
Publisher: Aldus Manutius
Place: Venice, Italy
Dust Jacket: No
Signed: No
Price: £1350
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The second Aldine edition of these three influential dialogues on love, heavily dependent on cabalistic philosophy.

Eighteenth century pigskin binding, external straps, head and tail of spine and a morocco label, with turned-in flaps to edges of boards. Old continental heraldic bookplate on front pastedown, partly torn. Soiling to title page but otherwise a very good copy that collates complete: [ff]2 ff262. A couple of old ink annotations to margins; final upper outer triangular corner (1x1cm)of colophon leaf torn off.

In these dialogues the author tried to reconcile Aristotle and the Neoplatonists and achieving considerable success in doing so. Cervantes points to the book’s influence: ‘Do you have to talk about love as long as you know four words of the Italian language, you will find in León Hebreo to fill the mark.’ - Don Quixote. Some marginal handwritten annotations from the 16th century. Adams A61
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