ARISTOTLE. 384-322 B.C.E. De animalibus [De historia animalium. De partibus animalium. De generatione animalium.] Translated by Theodore Gaza; edited by Ludovico Prodocator. Venice: Johannes de Colonia and Johannes Manthen de Gheretzem, 1476. ARISTOTLE. 384-322 B.C.E. De animalibus [De historia animalium. De partibus animalium. De generatione animalium.] Translated by Theodore Gaza; edited by Ludovico Prodocator. Venice: Johannes de Colonia and Johannes Manthen de Gheretzem, 1476.
ARISTOTLE
384-322 B.C.E. De animalibus [De historia animalium. De partibus animalium. De generatione animalium.] 1476. First edition of Aristotle's history of animals; one of two known copies on vellum. Sold for a World Record Price, $941,000 8 June 2016 Bonhams New York "This particular copy was a lost treasure"

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In late 2015, I received an email from a gentleman in the Deep South who had seen me on the Antiques Roadshow. His family had a copy of Aristotle's De Animalibus, the philosopher's great natural history treatise. Many people of course, might have a copy of this work, as it has been reprinted many times over the centuries, but this copy was of the very first 1476 Venetian printing on vellum, one of only two known yet to exist. The binding and bookplates told us it had been in several spectacular collections during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, last selling in 1891 to an American collector. It disappeared from view after that, before being gifted to the gentleman's grandmother in the mid-20th century. When she died in the early 2000s, her house and its contents were closed for nearly a decade and a half, before her descendants decided to move a new generation into the family home. They opened the house, began unpacking, and discovered the Aristotle right where they had left it, in as immaculate condition as ever. Bonhams brought this lost treasure to market in 2016, where it sold for a world record price.

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