Research, Texts, and Editions
Texts and Editions
When Bernhard Geyer began to produce a critical edition of Albert the Great’s complete works in 1951, two earlier editions were available to scholars. The first, edited by Pierre Jammy, had appeared in Lyon in 1651. The second, published in Paris in the last decade of the nineteenth century and edited by Auguste and Emil Borgnet, was based largely on the previous work of Jammy. Geyer and the Dominican editors at the Albertus-Magnus-Institut (http://www.albertus-magnus-institut.de/) proposed a critical edition to correct various textual errors in the Jammy and Borgnet editions; to eliminate from these editions numerous treatises that have since been proven inauthentic; and to include works that Jammy and Borgnet had omitted but which can be properly attributed to Albert. When Geyer’s Cologne edition (as it is now known) began to appear, it sought to publish first those of Albert’s works that were not found in earlier editions—e.g., De Bono or Super Isaiam.
Next, it began to bring out works for which autograph manuscripts were available to the editors. These were followed by the publication of treatises for which there would seem to be a keener interest among modern scholars. Last, the Cologne edition intended to bring out works for which there may be somewhat less interest (e.g., De vegetabilibus) to achieve the goal of a true opera omnia. More than sixty years from its inception, the Cologne edition has published 29 of a projected 41 volumes. Scholars have certainly benefitted from the appearance of the Cologne edition volumes, which have not only maintained a high level of scholarship but have, in most cases, also appeared with an extensive apparatus and with indices. Nevertheless, both Jammy and Borgnet editions will remain important library holdings. Thanks to the work of Bruno Tremblay, much of the Borgnet edition is available online in a searchable format; See http://albertusmagnus.uwaterloo.ca/. This site also enables one to download some post-Borgnet independent editions (e.g., De vegetabilibus, De animalibus, Quaestio do quiditate et esse, and others).
The Colon. Ed. is available from the publisher, Aschendorff Verlag. In addition to bound volumes, Aschendorff has also made the edition available in an electronic version. See http://www.albertus-magnus-institut.de/EditioDigitalis_Flyer.pdf.
Bibliographical research on Albertus Magnus has been facilitated by the publication of several recent guides:
Albert the Great: A Selectively Annotated Bibliography (1900-2000). Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, 269. Tempe, AZ: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2004. xxii + 396. ISBN: 0-86698-312-0. Intended as a comprehensive, partially annotated bibliography, this volume concentrates on publications between 1900-2000.
This bibliography has been updated by Bruno Tremblay, as “Modern Scholarship (1900-2000) on Albertus Magnus: A Complement,” Bochumer philosophisches Jahrbuch für Antike und Mittelalter 11/1 (2006): 159 – 194.
Additional updates can be found in Jörgen Vijgen, “Albertus Magnus: A Selective Bibliography,” (last updated 30 November, 2012) at http://www.thomisme.org/images/AlbertusMagnusBibliographia.pdf