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    Polydore Vergil on Discovery (I Tatti Renaissance Library) (Hardback)(English / Latin) By (author) Polydore Vergil, Edited by Brian P. Copenhaver, Translated by Brian P. Copenhaver

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    DescriptionThe Italian humanist Polydore Vergil (1470-1555) was born in Urbino but spent most of his life in early Tudor England. His most popular work, "On Discovery" ("De inventoribus rerum", 1499), was the first comprehensive account of discoveries and inventions written since antiquity. Thirty Latin editions of this work were published in Polydore's lifetime, and by the 18th century more than a hundred editions had appeared in eight languages, including Russian. "On Discovery" became a key reference for anyone who wanted to know about "firsts" in theology, philosophy, science, technology, literature, language, law, material culture, and other fields. Polydore took his information from dozens of Greek, Roman, biblical, and Patristic authorities. His main point was to show that many Greek and Roman claims for discovery were false and that ancient Jews or other Asian peoples had priority. This is an English translation of a critical edition based on the Latin texts published in Polydore Vergil's lifetime.


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    Title
    Polydore Vergil on Discovery
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Polydore Vergil, Edited by Brian P. Copenhaver, Translated by Brian P. Copenhaver
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 704
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 209 mm
    Thickness: 42 mm
    Weight: 848 g
    Language
    English
    Latin
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780674007895
    ISBN 10: 0674007891
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: PHI
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    DC21: 509
    Abridged Dewey: 930
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    LC classification: PA8585.V4 A25 2002
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    Edition
    Bilingual edition
    Edition statement
    Bilingual
    Illustrations note
    Ill.
    Publisher
    HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    30 June 2002
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge, Mass
    Author Information
    Brian P. Copenhaver is Professor of History and Philosophy and Provost at UCLA. He is the coauthor of Renaissance Philosophy and editor and translator of Hermetica.
    Review quote
    Brian Copenhaver's edition and translation of the first three books of the "De inventoribus rerum" (1499) of the humanist Polydore Vergil is especially useful because of its copious annotations...Copenhaver's translation helps in reminding us that most Renaissance writers were bricoleurs rather than scholars, and compendia like that of Polydore Vergil most certainly had a greater currency in Renaissance culture than less readable works such as Perotti's "Cornucopiae" or Guillaume Budi's "De asse et partibus".--W. Scott Blanchard"Renaissance Quarterly" (07/01/2005)