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Vives, Joannes Ludovicus [sold]

Opuscula varia. — Leuven 1519

Opuscula varia. — Louvanii in Aedibus Theodorici Martini Alustensis [Leuven, Thierry Martens, 1519].

First edition

4to (190 x 140 mm). [a] b-z A-N4: (144) leaves. 17th or 18th half-vellum, rubbed, corners bumped. Provenance: A few contemporary marginal annotations.

Not in Estelrich; Adam & Vanautgaerden, Thierry Martens, no. 198; Nijhoff-Kronenberg 2172; González, Vives Edicions princeps. Valencia 1992, no. 7 (Madrid copy). USTC and WorldCat list 14 copies.

¶ The Opuscula are theological, literary, and philosophical works written in 1518 and 1519 and published here for the first time – except two of the theological works first published in Paris 1514, though printed here in modified versions. 

About In Pseudodialecticos, one of the works published in the Opuscula, Thomas More wrote to Erasmus: „Although I enjoyed all of his [Vives‘] writing, nevertheless his treatise In Pseudodialecticos gives me an especial pleasure. Not only because of Vives‘ skill in making a mockerey of such absurd fallacies and in confuting the sophists with devastating reasoning, but particularly because he deals with those questions in exactly the same fashion I had in mind to do myself long before I ever read the book of Vives …“ (from Noreña, Vives, 1978, p. 78)

De initiis, sectis & laudibus philosophiae is one of the first modern sketches of a critical history of philosophy. The Fabula de Homine is inspired by Pico’s De hominis dignitate; Anima Senis is an introduction to Cicero’s De senectute.

census: Opuscula 1519* : 14 copies

Antwerpen City L.

Antwerpen Erfgoedbibl.

Augsburg UL

Beaune Bibl. municipale

Bruxelles KB

Cambrige UL

Dublin Marsh’s L.

Edinburgh UL

London BL

Madrid BN


Munich BSB

NY Publ. Libr.

Oxford Bodleian

*WorldCat lists a Cologne 1511 and a Strasbourg 1521 edition. Both editions were published around 1530 or later.