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Primary sources

Works by Bruno

The two abbreviations used in this entry, BOL and BOI, are defined below. The page numbers in BOL are indicated in the margins of many later editions and translations. Roman numbers following the abbreviations indicate volume numbers; an Arabic numeral immediately after a Roman numeral and full stop indicates a separately paginated part of a volume. Hence “BOL II.3, 213” designates Bruno, Opera latine scripta, volume II, part 3, page 213.

Collections of works by Bruno
  • [BOL] Opera latine conscripta, 3 volumes in 8 pts, F. Fiorentino, F. Tocco, G. Vitelli, and others (eds.), Naples and Florence, 1879–91. (Reprinted, Stuttgart, 1961–62.)
  • Oeuvres complètes, 7 volumes, G. Aquilecchia (ed.), Italian texts; with French translations and commentaries by various authors, Paris, 1993–99. (Corrected editions, 2003–.)
  • [BOI] Opere italiane, 2 volumes, G. Aquilecchia (ed.) Italian texts; introduction by N. Ordine, with commentaries by various authors, Turin, 2002.
  • Opere magiche, S. Bassi, E. Scapparone, and N. Tirinnanzi (eds.), Latin texts with Italian translations, introduction by M. Ciliberto, Milan, 2000.
  • Opere mnemotecniche, 2 volumes, M. Matteoli, R. Sturlese, and N. Tirinnanzi (eds.), Latin texts with Italian translations, introduction by N. Tirinnanzi, Milan, 2004–09.
  • Werke, 7 volumes, T. Leinkauf (general editor), Hamburg, 2007–18; G. Aquilecchia (ed.), Italian texts; with German translations and detailed commentaries by various authors.
Individual Works by Bruno

The website La biblioteca ideale di Giordano Bruno. Le opere e le fonti (in the Other Internet Resources section below),includes lists of Bruno’s Italian and Latin works, with links to the texts.

English translations of Bruno’s works
  • 1950, On the Infinite Universe and Worlds, in Dorothea Waley Singer, Giordano Bruno. His Life and Thought, with an Annotated Translation of his Work On the Infinite Universe and Worlds, New York: H. Schuman. (Translation of De l’infinito, universo e mondi, first published at London in 1584.)
  • 1964, The Expulsion of The Triumphant Beast, translated by Arthur D. Imerti, New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. Reprint, Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 1992. (Translation of Spaccio de la bestia trionfante, first published at London in 1584.)
  • 1998, Cause, Principle and Unity: and Essays on Magic, translated by Robert de Lucca, with Essays on Magic, translated by Richard J. Blackwell, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Translations of De la causa, principio et uno, originally published at London in 1584, and of De magia and De vinculis in genere, both of which were published for the first time in BOL III.)
  • 2002, The Cabala of Pegasus, translated by Sidney L. Sondergard and Madison U. Sowell, New Haven, CT: Yale University Press. (Translation of Cabala del cavallo pegaseo, first published at London in 1585.)
  • 2013, On the Heroic Frenzies. A Translation of De gli eroici furori, Italian text edited by Eugenio Canone, English translation by Ingrid D. Rowland, Toronto: University of Toronto Press. (First published at London in 1585.)
  • 2018, The Ash Wednesday Supper, translated by Hilary Gatti, Toronto: University of Toronto Press. (Translation of La cena de la ceneri, first published at London in 1584.)

New English translations of Bruno’s Italian works are appearing in the Lorenzo Da Ponte Italian Library, a series published by the University of Toronto Press. At the time of writing (August, 2018), the series includes Rowland’s translation of On the Heroic Frenzies and Gatti’s translation of The Ash Wednesday Supper, both as listed above.

Documents relating to Bruno’s life and trial

  • Firpo, Liugi (ed.), 2000, Le procès [de Giordano Bruno], Italian and Latin texts, together with a French translation by A.–P. Segonds, Paris. (Original Italian edition, without Segond’s supplementary notes, Rome, 1993.) (Scholar)
  • Spampanato, Vincenzo, 1933, Documenti della vita di Giordano Bruno, Florence. (Scholar)

Other primary sources

  • Apian, Peter, 1524, Cosmographicus liber, Landshut: Johann Weyssenburger. (Scholar)
  • Aristotle, 1933–35, Metaphysics, Greek text with a translation by Hugh Tredennick, 2 vols, London: Heinemann. (Bruno read the Metaphysics in one or more of the available medieval or Renaissance Latin versions.) (Scholar)
  • –––, 1929–34, The Physics, tr. Philip H. Wicksteed and Francis M. Cornford, 2 vols, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press (Loeb Classical Library). (Scholar)
  • –––, 1937, Parts of Animals, tr. Arthur L. Peck, with Movement of Animals and Progression of Animals, tr. Edward S. Forster, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press (Loeb Classical Library). (Scholar)
  • Brucker, Jakob Johann, 1766–67, Historia critica philosophiae a mundi incunabulis ad nostram usque aetatem deducta, 6 volumes, 2nd edition, Leipzig: Wiedmann and Reichel. (First edition, 1742–44.) (Scholar)
  • Burckhardt, Jakob, 1990, The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy, translated by S. G. C. Middlemore, introduction by Peter Burke, notes by Peter Murray, London, Penguin Books. (Original German ed.: Die Kultur der Renaissance in Italien, Basel, Schweighauser, 1860.) (Scholar)
  • Copernicus, Nicolaus, 1978, On the Revolutions, translated, with a commentary, by Edward Rosen, London, Macmillan. (Original Latin edition: De revolutionibus orbium coelestium libri VI, Nuremberg, Johann Petreius, 1543; Bruno read either this or the 1566 edition, also published at Nuremberg.) (Scholar)
  • Erasmus, Desiderius, 2013, Free Will, in Discourse on Free Will. Desiderius Erasmus and Martin Luther, translated by Ernst F. Winter, London: Bloomsbury Academic. (Original Latin editions respectively: De Libero Arbitrio διατριβή sive Collatio, first published at Cologne in 1524; and De servo arbitrio, first published at Wittenberg in 1525.) (Scholar)
  • Ficino, Marsilio, 2001–06, Platonic theology, eds J. Hankins and W. Bowen, trans. M. J. B. Allen and J. Warden, 6 vols, Cambridge, Mass, Harvard University Press. (Scholar)
  • Franckenberg, Abraham von, 1644, Oculus sidereus, Gdansk: Georg Rheten. (Scholar)
  • Galilei, Galileo, 1957, Starry Messenger, translated by Stillman Drake, in Discoveries and Opinions of Galileo, together with translations of other works by Galileo Galilei, New York, Doubleday & co. (First edition: Sidereus Nuncius, Venice, T. Baglioni, 1610.) (Scholar)
  • Hasdale, Martin, 1610, [Letter to Galileo Galilei, dated 15 April, 1601], in Galileo Galilei, Le opere, 20 vols in 21 pts, Florence, 1929–39, vol. 10:314–315. (Scholar)
  • Hermes Trismegistus (spurious author), 1992, Pimander, in Hermetica. The Corpus Hermeticum and the Latin Asclepius, with translation, introduction and notes by Brian Copenhaver, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (The Original Greek texts were composed sometime in Egypt between the late first- and late third-century A.D.. Bruno used: Marsilio Ficino’s Latin translation of the Pimander, published for the first time at Treviso in 1471 and many times thereafter; and a Latin translation of the Asclepius made “before the early fifth but after the early fourth century [A.D.]” [Copenhaver, p. xliii].) (Scholar)
  • Iamblichus, 2004, De mysteriis, Greek text, with an English translation and notes, by Emma C. Clarke, John M. Dillon, and Jackson P. Hershbell, Leiden: Brill. (Composed sometime between 280 and 305 A.D. Bruno used Marsilio Ficino’s paraphrase, published for the first time at Venice in 1497, together with other Neoplatonic treatises, and many times thereafter). (Scholar)
  • Jacobi, Friedrich Heinrich, 1994, On the Doctrine of Spinoza in Letters to Herr Moses Mendelssohn, in Jacobi, Philosophical Writings and the Novel Allwill, translated by George di Giovanni, Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press. (Original German edition: Ueber die Lehre des Spinoza in Briefen an den Herrn Moses Mendelsohn, Breslau: G. Löwe, 1789.) (Scholar)
  • [KJV] King James Version of the Bible. (Bruno used the Vulgate and perhaps other Latin versions of the Bible.)
  • Lucretius, 1924, De rerum natura [“On the Nature of Things”], with an English translation by W. H. D. Rouse, London: Heinemann (Loeb Classical Library). (Composed in the mid-first century B.C.) (Scholar)
  • Luther, Martin, 2013, The Bondage of the Will; see Erasmus, 2013. (Scholar)
  • Mersenne, Marin, 2005, L’Impiété des déistes, ed. Dominique Descotes, Paris: H. Champion. (Original edition published at Paris in 1624.)
  • Nicholas of Cusa, 1996, The Layman on Mind, in Nicholas of Cusa on Wisdom and Knowledge, translated by Jasper Hopkins, Minneapolis: A. J. Banning Press, (Cusanus completed the original Latin version, Idiota de mente, in 1450. It was first published at Basel in 1565.) (Scholar)
  • Plato, 1929, Timaeus, together with other works by Plato, Greek texts with English translations by Robert G. Bury, London: Heinemann (Loeb Classical Library). (Bruno used Marsilio Ficino’s Latin translation, which was first published in Ficino’s translation of works by Plato, together with his, Ficino’s, commentaries, summaries and other matter related to Plato and the Platonic corpus, at Florence in 1484–85. ) (Scholar)
  • Plotinus, 1966–88, [Works], Greek text with an English translation by A. H. Armstrong, 7 vols, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press (Loeb Classical Library). (Bruno used Marsilio Ficino’s Latin translation and commentary, first published at Florence in 1492 and several times thereafter in the sixteenth century.) (Scholar)
  • Schelling, F. W. J., 1984, Bruno, or, On the Natural and the Divine Principle of Things, translated by Michael G. Vater, Albany: State University of New York Press. (Original German edition: Bruno oder über das göttliche und natürliche Prinzip der Dinge, Berlin: J. F. Unger, 1802.) (Scholar)
  • Thomas Aquinas, 1882–, Opera omnia, vol. 1–, Rome: Ex typographia polyglotta S. C. Propaganda Fide, 1882–. (Available online on the Corpus thomisticum website.) (Scholar)
  • –––, 1998, On the Principles of Nature, in J. Bobik, Aquinas on Matter and Form and the Elements. A Translation and Interpretation of the De principiis naturae and the De mixtione elementorum of St. Thomas Aquinas, Notre Dame, Ind., University of Notre Dame Press, 1998. (The original Latin text of On the Principles of Nature was composed c. 1255.) (Scholar)
  • –––, 1963, Commentary on Aristotle’s Physics, translated by Richard J. Blackwell, Richard J. Spath and W. Edmund Thirlkel, New Haven: Yale University Press; reprinted: Notre Dame, Ind.: Dumb Ox Books, 1999. (Latin original, Expositio Libri Physicorum, composed 1268–1270, in Thomas Aquinas, 1884, vol. 2.) (Scholar)
  • –––, 1929–47, Scriptum super libros Sententiarum magistri Petri Lombardi (incomplete), 4 vols, eds Pierre Mandonnet and M. Fabien Moos, Paris: P. Lethielleux. (Composed 1252–1256. No complete English translation is curently available.) (Scholar)
  • Veyssière de Lacroze, Mathurin, 1711, Entretiens sur divers sujets d’histoire, de littérature, de religion et de critique, Cologne. (Scholar)
  • Virgil, 1918–26, [Works, including the Aeneid], Latin texts, with English translations, by H. Ruston Fairclough, 2 vols, London: Heinemann (Loeb Classical Library). (Virgil died in 19 B.C.E., before completing his revision of the Aeneid.) (Scholar)

Secondary Sources

Studies cited in this entry and selected studies

Bibliographies (ordered chronologically)

  • Salvestrini, Virgilio, 1958, Bibliografia di Giordano Bruno (1582–1950), second revised edition by Luigi Firpo, Florence: Sansoni. (Scholar)
  • Severini, Maria Elena, 2002, Bibliografia di Giordano Bruno, 1951–2000, Sussidi eruditi, 58, Rome: Edizioni di storia e letteratura. (Scholar)
  • Figorilli, Maria Cristina, 2003, Per una bibliografia di Giordano Bruno, 1800–1999, Paris: Belles lettres. (Scholar)
  • Gatti, Hilary, ‘Giordano Bruno’, first instantiation 2104, regularly updated thereafter, in the Oxford Bibliographies online resource; accessible by subscription only. (Scholar)

Additional Resources

  • Canone, Eugenio, and Ernst, Germana (eds), 1995–, Bruniana & Campanelliana, Pisa, 1–. (A journal dedicated to Bruno and Campanella.) (Scholar)
  • ––– (eds), 2006–, Enciclopedia bruniana & campanelliana, 1–, Pisa, Rome: F. Serra. (Scholarly entries on concepts and persons mentioned by Bruno and Tommaso Campanella.) (Scholar)
  • Ciliberto, Michele (ed.), 2014, Giordano Bruno. Parole, concetti, immagini, 3 volumes, Pisa: Edizioni della Normale. (Contains entries, with bibliographies, on most aspects of Bruno’s thought; especially helpful for authors relating to its reception.) (Scholar)

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