An Interactive Annotated World Bibliography of Printed and Digital Works in the History of Medicine and the Life Sciences from Circa 2000 BCE to 2022 by Fielding H. Garrison (1870-1935), Leslie T. Morton (1907-2004), and Jeremy M. Norman (1945- ) Traditionally Known as “Garrison-Morton”

15950 entries, 13921 authors and 1934 subjects. Updated: November 27, 2023

ALBERTUS MAGNUS, [Albert von Bollstädt]

7 entries
  • 13544

Secreta mulierum et virorum (cum commento).

Cologne: Nicolaus Götz, circa 1475.

This work on the physiology and procreative "secrets" of women was attributed to Albertus Magnus, but is now thought to have been written by one of his disciples. It was one of the most widely printed medical works in the 15th century, of which 60 different, and sometimes augmented, printed editions are catalogued in the ISTC.
ISTC No. ia003010700

  • 276

De animalibus. Edited by Fernandus Cordubensis (Fernando de Córdoba).

Rome: Simon Nicolai Chardella, de Lucca, 1478.

Albertus was a Dominican monk and the most eminent naturalist of the 13th century; his work on animals contained a good deal of personal observation. He was the first to comment on virtually all of the writings of Aristotle, thus making them accessible to wider academic debate. The study of Aristotle also brought him to study and comment on the teachings of Muslim academics, notably Avicenna and Averroes. It has been said that most modern knowledge of Aristotle was preserved and presented by Albertus. The influence of his writings, many of which were theological, is attested by the fact that there were 300 printed editions of different works by him published in the 15th century. The edition of 1478 is the earliest cited by the ISTC (No. ia00223000). 

Subjects: Medieval Zoology, NATURAL HISTORY, ZOOLOGY
  • 6949

Philosophia pauperum, sive Isagoge in libros Aristotelis physicorum, de coelo et mundo, de generatione et corruptione, meteororum et de anima.

Brescia: Baptista Farfengus, 1490.

This edition, chronologically the fourth printed, of Albertus's commentaries on various works of Aristotle, contains the first printed illustration of the brain, showing in profile the three-cell theory of brain function in a schematic way that was based very loosely on Galen, but initially formalized in the late 4th century by the Christian theologian, Nemesius, Bishop of Emesa. "In his book, De Natura Hominis (On the Nature of Man), Nemesius postulated that all faculties of the immaterial soul are located entirely in the ventricles, with each of them being responsible for a specific quality based on Aristotle’s classification of these functions. Essentially Nemesius attributed sensation and the unification of images (common sense) to the refinement of psychic pneuma (animal spirits) in our lateral ventricles (together the first ventricle), cognition to our third ventricle (the second ventricle), and memory to our fourth ventricle (the third ventricle). This exceptionally complex topic was greatly elaborated over the centuries, and crudely illustrated in certain manuscripts before the version printed in 1490. The relevant manuscript and early printed versions are thoroughly illustrated by Clarke & Dewhurst (1996)" (communication from Larry W. Swanson). ISTC no. ia00296000.

Subjects: ANATOMY › Neuroanatomy, NEUROSCIENCE › Neuropsychology › Memory
  • 1792

Alberti Magni ex ordine praedicatorum de vegetabilibus libri VII: Historiae naturalis pars XVIII. Editionem criticam ab Ernesto Meyero coeptam: Absolvit Carolus Jessen.

Berlin: G. Reimer, 1867.

One of the best works on natural history produced during the Middle Ages, and, like most of Albertus's works, influential throughout the medieval period, though it does not appear to have been published in print until 1867. It was written about 1250, and is based on Albertus's own accurate botanical observations, also containing some therapeutic material. See Karen Reeds, "Alberto e la philosophia naturale della vita della plante," IN: Weisheipl (ed.) Albertus Magnus and the Sciences (1994) 367-380. Digital facsimile from the Biodiversity Heritage Library at this link.

  • 8562

De animalibus libri xxvi. Nach der Cölner Urschrift, herausgegeben von Hermann Stadler. 2 vols. (Beiträge zur Geschichte der Philosophie des Mittelalters 15-16).

Münster: Verlag der Aschendorffschen Verlagsbuchhandlung, 19161920.

Subjects: Medieval Zoology
  • 8563

Albertus Magnus, On animals: A medieval summa zoologica. Translated and annotated by Kenneth F. Kitchell, Jr. and Irven Michael Resnick. 2 vols.

Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999.

Subjects: Medieval Zoology
  • 8572

Alberti Magni e-corpus.

Waterloo, Ontario: Dept. of Philosophy, St. Jerome, 2008.

"Albertus Magnus (ca. 1200 – 1280) is one of the most important medieval philosophers and theologians, and one of the very few to have been recognized as an auctoritas in his lifetime. Despite this fact, his ideas remain relatively understudied. There are a number of philosophical and historical reasons for this, but problems such as scarce or incomplete modern editions, as well as the sheer number and volume of his works, play a part.

The aim of the Alberti Magni e-corpus project is to support research on Albert the Great by providing scholars the possibility : 1) to download image files of Albert’s works that can be found in editions no longer covered by copyright laws; 2) more importantly, to search 40 of those works electronically, using a Boolean search engine which gives access to a corpus of approximately 14,700 pages in print or 6.3 million words.

The free, searchable corpus should prove useful to scholars both with and without an access to the commercial online database of Aschendorff Verlag. The majority of the works included in the Alberti Magni e-corpus have not yet been edited by the Albertus-Magnus-Institut, whose critically-edited texts constitute the corpus of Aschendorff Verlag." 

Subjects: BIBLIOGRAPHY › Online Access Catalogues & Bibliographic Databases, DIGITAL RESOURCES › Digital Archives & Libraries , MEDIEVAL MEDICINE