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Liber de venatione substantiae, accidentis et compositi [Book of the Quest for Substance, Accident and Composites]; Liber novus de anima rationalis [New Book of the Rational Soul]; Liber novus physicorum et compendiosus [The New and Brief Book of Physics]; illuminated medieval manuscript
Liber de venatione substantiae, accidentis et compositi [Book of the Quest for Substance, Accident and Composites]; Liber novus de anima rationalis [New Book of the Rational Soul]; Liber novus physicorum et compendiosus [The New and Brief Book of Physics]; illuminated medieval manuscript By Ramon Llull BOOK DESCRIPTION: ILLUMINATED MEDIEVAL MANUSCRIPT IN LATIN ON VELLUM, Northern Italy, c. 1375-1425. 205 x 140 mm. 154 folios, complete (collation, i-vii10 viii4 ix-xvi10), written in two small rounded Gothic bookhands showing cursive influence with the second scribe beginning on f. 75, red rubrics, alternating red and blue paraph marks, two- to three-line initials alternating in red and blue, all with red pen decorations, but for one red initial with blue pen decoration (f. 1v), two seven-line illuminated initials (ff. 1 and 75) in pink, edged in black, filled acanthus curls and other foliate motifs in red, pink, green, and yellow on deep blue with white tracery, on highly polished gold grounds, with curling acanthus at the corners and sides and polished gold balls with black rays or spikes, with short bar border in the same style extending from the initial on f. 75. BINDING: Bound in an early wallet binding, with the back cover continuing to form a flat fore-edge flap and extending over the front cover, of blind-tooled brown leather over pasteboard, spine with four raised bands, restored, in very good condition apart from slight cracking and wear along the outer extremities of spine and cover of the fore-edge. TEXT: This handsome manuscript contains three texts by one of the most intriguing figures of the High Middle Ages, Ramon Llull (1232-1316). Llull’s thought, expressed in a huge corpus of works, was important not only in his own day, but throughout the Renaissance and Early Modern period; his thought has held renewed fascination for today’s historians and logicians. Because of hs strong desire to convince unbelievers (in particular jews and Muslims) of the truth of Christianity, Llull’s system of thought differs from most other (indeed, probably all other) medieval philosophical writings, in so far as he constructed an abstract system that purposefully avoided relying on earlier authorities and aimed to base his system on fundamental notions accepted by people of all faiths. It is interesting to see these three works, all of which deal with different aspects of Llull’s theory of knowledge, copied together. Two of them, De venatione and Liber novus physicorum, are late works and are expressions of Llull’s concern at that time in his life to formulate his ideas in ways that would be accepted by the established community of academic theologians in Paris, by using logical and metaphysical methods of argument based on Aristotle. None of these texts are found in North American collections, and all are extremely rare on the market. PROVENANCE: Written in Northern Italy, possibly in Padua or Venice, at the end of the fourteenth century or early fifteenth century, as suggested by the evidence of the script and illuminated initials. Belonged to Nicolaus Pol (c. 1467-1532), physician to Sigismund, Archduke of Austria, and renowned collector, and passed after his death to the Biblioteca della Collegiata at San Candido, Innichen in the South Tyrol. Belonged to the enigmatic bibliophile Haven O’More. Belonged to Joost R. Ritman (b. 1941), Dutch collector; his bookplate on the inside front cover. CONDITION: Slight ink stains on a few folios, minor dirt and smudges, but overall in very fine condition. Full description and photographs available (TM 777).
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