Ethicae dissertationes […] — Leyden 1649600 €
Ethicae dissertationes, quibus perfecta & solida philosophie moralis idea modo accuratissimo exhibetur. — Leyden, Io. Maire, 1649.
First edition. 8vo (150 x 97 mm). (5) leaves, 1059 pp., (8) leaves. Light waterstaining to lower blank margin of the first 3 or four quires.Contemporary brown calf, triple gilt filet on both covers, five raised spine bands, spine gilt, gilt title in second compartment.
A de Thou binding with the arms of Jacques Auguste de Thou (1553 – 1617) as Bachelor. As G. D. Hobson (Les reliures à la fanfare …, London 1940, p. 79) notes, the arms block is found also on bindings made for the de Thou library after its founder’s death in 1617. The Bibliotheca Thuana was not destroyed by auction after 1617, but kept together and directed by de Thou’s friends Pierre and Jacques Dupuy until 1645, and thenceforth by his son Jacques-Auguste (1609-1677), who augmented the library twice as much. The tools „would have been in the possession of de Thou himself, rather than of some particular binder.“ (Needham, … Bookbindings, p. 296). All of the three different types of de Thou’s arms were still in use after 1617. For the arms block see Quaritch, A catalogue of English and Foreign bindings, 1921, plate XLV, no. 1B.
Condition of binding: Joints splitted, head & foot of spine damaged, cornes scuffed.
¶ „Burnet, or Burnath, professor at Montauban. His systems of ethics, or Moral Philosophy, was published after his death in 1649 … Being designed for the instructions of collegians, most of the copies have perished, and the book is of great rarity.It is one of the clearest and best systems ever arranged, and written in a pure concise easy style, no where tinctured with pedantry or fanaticsm …“ (Edinburgh Magazine … 1819, vol. 84).
The printer, Joannis Maire – known as the publisher of the first edition of Descartes’ Discour – has dedicated the book to Jacques Gaillard, professor at Montauban and pupil of Burnat, who died in 1629. Gaillaird inherited the manuscript and gave it to Maire. On the protestant academy of Montauban see M. Nicolas, Histoire de l’ancienne académie protestante de Montauban (1598-1659 et de Puylaurens (1660-1685), Montauban 1885, with a chapter on Burnat, pp. 249ff.