VIO, Tommaso de.


VIO, Tommaso de. Questiones rare.

Cologne, [Quentell], 1515


FIRST EDITION. 4to. 4 unnumbered ll., A4. Large Gothic letter. Decorated initial. A few small scattered wormholes touching a couple of letters. A very good copy in modern pasteboards.

A remarkably well-preserved copy of this scarce and unusual theological florilegium. Tommaso de Vio (or Cardinal Caetano or Cajetanus, 1469-1534) was a Dominican theologian. He held important offices as archbishop and diplomat of the Papal states at the Diet of Augusta in 1518, where he argued against Martin Luther and the tenets of the Reformation. In 1534, he officially delivered the Pope’s refusal to acknowledge the divorce between Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon. A follower of Thomas Aquinas, Vio wrote biblical exegesis and philosophical commentaries on Aristotle and Porphyrius. ‘Questiones’ is a collection of six brief essays, all dated 1513-15, examining specific ‘cases of conscience’ concerning the application of canon law to situations of daily life, with special attention to religious vocations and adultery. Four are personal replies to ‘questiones’ raised by the Dominican theologians Cherubino of Florence, Conradus Roellin, Matthias from Salamanca and Vincenzo of San Gimignano. The Quentell press from Cologne, mentioned in the colophon was responsible for the publication of parts of Tyndale’s Bible in the 1520s.

Only Columbia copy recorded in the US.ZV19182. Not in BM STC Ger., Brunet or Graesse.
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