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    Sale 2291 | Lot 13
    Price Realized: $36,000With Buyer's Premium
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    • Sale 2291 Lot 13

      ARISTOTLE. [Organon.] Greek text. Woodcut strapwork divisional headpieces and initials throughout; woodcut diagram on I1r. [234] leaves. Folio, 306x205 mm, 17th-century English panelled calf, expertly rebacked, endpapers renewed; contents unobtrusively washed with faint residual soiling on title and last page, title reinforced in gutter, few cropped early marginalia in Greek. Faded stamp of Queen's College, Oxford, on verso of second leaf and recto of last leaf. (Venice: Aldus Manutius, 1 November 1495)

      Estimate $15,000 - 25,000

      first edition in the original greek of Aristotle's Organon, comprising his writings on logic (Categories, On Interpretation, Prior and Posterior Analytics, Topics, and On Sophistical Refutations), together with Porphyry's commentary on the Categories. 'The central achievement of the Italian Renaissance was the reintroduction of the literary and learned works of classical antiquity, particularly Greek, in their original languages. Aldus's edition of Aristotle--the first major Greek prose to have been printed in its original language--was the greatest symbol of this achievement. Aldus issued his Aristotle in the one-volume Organon, comprising the six treatises on logic, in late 1495, and then in four additional volumes, comprising the rest of the Aristotelian corpus, in 1497-98. This earliest, and in many ways most important, of the Aldine Greek folios heralded the achievement of the Aldine Press over many decades'--Fletcher, In Praise of Aldus Manutius, pages 41-42. Renouard, page 7(5); New UCLA 4; Hoffmann I, 271, and III, 285; Printing and the Mind of Man 38; GW 2334; BMC V, 553; Goff A959; ISTC ia00959000.

      Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $36,000