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On Aldus’ Scriptores astronomici (1499)

Filippomaria Pontani
ORCID 0000-0002-8420-9287 
Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia
f.pontani@unive.it

Elisabetta Lugato
Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, Venezia, Italia
lugato@marciana.venezia.sbn.it

DOI 10.14277/6969-165-2/ANT-13-11

Submitted 13 Jan 2017
Accepted 31 Mar 2017

Abstract

The Scriptores astronomici veteres were published by Aldus Manutius in Venice 1499. This book represents the most ambitious humanist attempt to reconstruct ancient astronomical wisdom by presenting the original texts of ancient authors. As such, the volume raises several questions. What is the rationale of Aldus’ selection? What do we know about his manuscript sources and the editorial process? What is the history of the incunable's remarkable illustrations (most notably those in Firmicus’ books 2 and 6, and in Germanicus’ Aratea)? How does this edition fit into one of the most difficult periods of Aldus’ Venetian enterprise? This paper attempts to tackle some of these issues.

Keywords
Astronomy. Manuscripts. Incunables. Classical Tradition. Editorial Technique. Aldine Press. Book Illustration. Illumination. Italian Humanism.


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Lugato Elisabetta

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Pontani Filippomaria

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On Aldus’ Scriptores astronomici (1499)

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Book Chapter

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en

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The Scriptores astronomici veteres were published by Aldus Manutius in Venice 1499. This book represents the most ambitious humanist attempt to reconstruct ancient astronomical wisdom by presenting the original texts of ancient authors. As such, the volume raises several questions. What is the rationale of Aldus’ selection? What do we know about his manuscript sources and the editorial process? What is the history of the incunable's remarkable illustrations (most notably those in Firmicus’ books 2 and 6, and in Germanicus’ Aratea)? How does this edition fit into one of the most difficult periods of Aldus’ Venetian enterprise? This paper attempts to tackle some of these issues.

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Antichistica

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Filologia e letteratura

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Edizioni Ca’ Foscari - Digital Publishing

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2017-09-01

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2017-01-13

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2017-03-31

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http://doi.org/10.14277/6969-165-2/ANT-13-11

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2610-8828

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2610-9344

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978-88-7543-440-3

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978-88-6969-165-2

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Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution alone

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http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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Astronomy

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Manuscripts

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Incunables

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Classical Tradition

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Editorial Technique

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Aldine Press

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Book Illustration

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Illumination

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Italian Humanism

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