The Works Of Aristotle, The Famous Philosopher.
Printed for Miller, Law and Cater, and sold by all other Booksellers.
12mo. 4.25x 6 inches. 314 pp. Bound in original mottled calf; Spine in compartments with gilt bands with contrasting maroon morocco title label, gilt. Extremities a little worn, front hinge starting to crack, some browning of fly leaves and occasional foxing; otherwise a very good copy. A title, with a traditional attribution to Aristotle, but not in fact by him, first published in translation in 1595, although ESTC records no copies earlier than the twenty fifth edition of c.1710. Antonius Zimaras, author of the Problems section, was active in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries and part of his work is written in the form of a catechism. In essence the Pseudo-Aristotle is a medical manual with a particular emphasis on sexual matters ('Of carnal copulation') and child birth, and hence useful for midwives. Certainly it must have filled a need, being published in numerous editions for several hundred years. The version of this publisher is stated by Library Hub to have first appeared in 1779 under the imprint of John Smith, the succeeding editions having a varying content of some five or six different sections. This source also attributes authorship to William Salmon (1644-1713).
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