New volume in the Leonine Edition

The long awaited volume in the Leonine Edition, containing the sermons of St. Thomas and prepared by the late Fr. Louis-Jacques Bataillon OP, will be presented during a two-day conference at Le Saulchoir in Paris on 5-6 december 2013. The website of the Revue des Sciences philosophiques et théologiques has the program.

The publisher of the Leonine Edition, Cerf, now has a 50% discount on the previous printed volumes of the Leonine Edition.

Major Sale on Leonine Edition of the Summa and the Contra Gentiles

Critical Reprints, whom we have posted about before, is having a Black Friday sale. They are offering 30% off their hardbound reprints of the Leonine edition of the Summa Theologiae and the Summa Contra Gentiles. This also includes their very popular reprint of the single volume edition of the Contra Gentiles. The sale is on today through Tuesday, Nov. 27.

Go here for more information on the sale.

By the way, I can say that I am very happy with my copy of vol. 14 of the Leonine edition (Prima Pars, qq. 1-49) that I have from them. Tom Osborne has also expressed his satisfaction with the single volume version of the Contra Gentiles from Critical Reprints.

If you don’t have your own copy of these volumes of the Leonine edition and you don’t like reading it off a computer screen, then you should check them out at Critical Reprints.

New reprints of St. Thomas


I just received the new reprint of the Summa Contra Gentiles, Editio Leonina Manualis, from  I was looking for a copy of the SCG that I could easily fit into a briefcase or backpack, where I could read through it at odd moments.  For the ST, when travelling, I prefer the BAC edition, because the Marietti is heavier.  Although this reprinted SCG edition feels a lot more like the Marietti ones, it still is portable.  I was worried about the legibility and quality.  The binding is a lot like dissertation bindings.  The print quality is like a very good scan.  I have read the first 30 pages without a problem.  Sometimes the horizontals are slightly curved, especially in towards the binding.  The Table of Contents is very light.  It is simply a reproduction of the original printing.  It is pleasant to read and serves my purposes, especially since I can’t get used to reading directly from .pdfs or computer screens, and my German-Latin bilingual SCG is too heavy for planes, waiting rooms, etc.

More volumes of the Leonine edition available in pdfs reported earlier on the possibility of downloading the first volumes of the Leonine edition. But thanks to the Bibliothèque Nationale de France more volumes are now available: vols. 22, 23, 26, 28, 40, 41, 42, 43, 45, 47.

This means that the volumes containing the disputed questions ‘De veritate’ and ‘De malo’, his scriptural commentaries on Job and Isaiah, his commentaries on Aristotle’s Ethica and De Anima and many other works can now be consulted online, including the critical apparatus and the most valuable and comprehensive introductions by father Dondaine, Gauthier and others!

Here is the link!

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Jörgen Vijgen

DR. JÖRGEN VIJGEN holds academic appointments in Medieval and Thomistic Philosophy at several institutions in the Netherlands. His dissertation, “The status of Eucharistic accidents ‘sine subiecto’: An Historical Trajectory up to Thomas Aquinas and selected reactions,” was written under the direction of Fr. Walter Senner, O.P. at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) in Rome, Italy and published in 2013 by Akademie Verlag (now De Gruyter) in Berlin, Germany.

Leonine Edition of the Summa Theologiae and Contra Gentiles Now Available as Reprints

A new micro-publishing project called Critical Reprints has made vols. 4-16 of the Leonine critical edition of the works of St. Thomas available once more. These volumes include the text of the Summa Theologiae (vols. 4-12), the Contra Gentiles (vols. 13-15), and the indices to both Summae (vol. 16). The volumes can be purchased individually online at the reprint service

Critical Reprints is running a 10% off sale on the Leonine volumes during the Easter season, which I assume means that you can get the discount through Pentecost, which falls on May 27 this year. So, if you are interested, now would seem a good time to make your purchase.

You can find out more about the Leonine volumes and Critical Reprints itself at the project’s website. Here is the Critical Reprints’ “mission statement”:

Critical Reprints is a new endeavor, which aims to make out-of-print editions of scholarly works available at an affordable price. For decades, scholars of philosophy and theology, particularly those concerned with the Middle Ages, have had to search for a library or pay large sums in order to get scholarly editions of the works they study. By reprinting these works through, Critical Reprints aims to alleviate that burden, by making the works widely and inexpensively available.

Critical Reprints differs from other book printing services, because it does not simply feed online books into a printer. Each book is individually prepared for republication; there will not be any blank or missing pages (as sometimes happens with automatic reprints from Google Books, for example), and every effort is made to ensure consistent quality throughout each of the books reprinted.

The goal of Critical Reprints is to be of real service to the scholarly community. If there is something you want to see reprinted, let us know at

Sounds like a noble undertaking. We wish Critical Reprints the best and look forward to seeing what other treasures of the past they place in our hands in the future.