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LLULL, Ramon
Ars magna generalis et ultima.
Lyon, Simon Vincent, 1517. [PHILOSOPHY AND COMPUTATION] Small 4to. ff. (iv) 124. Gothic letter, t-p and another in red and black, double column. T-p with woodcut printer’s device (Sts Peter and Paul holding Holy Shroud, Apostles to corners) and woodcut border with grotesques, 3 half-page and 4 smaller woodcut astronomical diagrams (one with original volvelles), smaller woodcut printer’s device to last, decorated initials. Some lower margins waterstained, slight browning in places, very minor marginal foxing. A good copy in contemporary limp vellum, C15 ms. used as spine lining (a breviarium?), outer edges of covers a little chewed, C19 casemarks to fly. A good copy of the third edition of this important philosophical work, printed in the trademark elegant style of Simon Vincent’s Lyonnaise workshop. Born in the Kingdom of Majorca, Llull (or Raymond Lully or Raimundus Lullus, c.1232-c.1315) was a Franciscan tertiary, philosopher, and author of numerous works on theology, philosophy, astronomy and computation in Catalan, Latin and Arabic. ‘Ars magna’ was his scholarly masterpiece, completed in its final, simplified form in 1308. It illustrated a method (‘art’) of universal knowledge which brought together logic and metaphysics in order to determine the attributes of God. As a summary of the principles shared by all kinds of science, spanning the four elements and the cosmos, it could be applied to any question, though it was intended especially for religious debates employed to convert Muslims to Christianity. The tables and diagrams were instruments, Llull explains, ‘through … [Click Below for Full Description]
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