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C. Valerius Catullus Veronensis;
Patavii: Josephus Cominus, 1737. The Best Edition of Catullus Yet Published" The Rare Veronese Gold Medal Winner CATULLUS, C. Valerius. VOLPI, Gian Antonio (editor). C. Valerius Catullus Veronensis et in eum Jo: Antonii Vulpii Eloquentiae Professoris in Gymnasio Patavino Novus Commentarius Locupletissimus. Patavii [Padua]: Josephus Cominus, 1737. First separate Volpi edition, originally issued collectively with Albius Tibullus E.R. and Sex. Aurelius Propertius (1710), here with material not found in that earlier edition. Quarto (10 5/8 x 7 1/2 in; 270 x 189 mm). xl, 608, [1, errata], [1, colophon], [2, blank] pp. Title page engraving. Head- tailpieces. Historiated initial. Includes Vopi's essay, De Metris Catulli, commentary, bibliographical references and index. Contemporary full vellum. Calf spine label. All edges dappled in red and yellow. Stab-stitch holes manifest. Text block crisp and clean. A remarkable copy of a scarce book, here in its fine original eighteenth century vellum binding with decorated edges. No copies have come to auction within the last thirty-six years. "'This is in every respect,' says Dr. Harwood, 'the best edition of Catullus yet published; the text is exhibited in a more correct manner, and the notes of Vulpius are very valuable.' According to Ernesti and Harles, the notes of Vulpius are not so much in emendation of the text, as in illustration of the poet by selecting parallel passages from ancient and modern writers" (Dibdin I, p. 245). "Gian Antonio Volpi, born at Padua in 1686, studied in his native town and became a good Latin and Greek scholar. In 1717 he and his brother Gaetano Volpi established a printing press in their house for the purpose of bring out correct editions of classic authors, and they engaged for their assistant the printer Giuseppi Comino. This press - known by the name Volpi-Cominiana, produced among others a valuable edition of Catullus with copious notes. The edition was much commended by scholars, and the city of Verona struck a gold medal, which was presented to Volpi" (Long, George. The Supplement to the Penny Cyclopedia of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge, p. 699. For many years professor of philosophy and rhetoric at University of Padua, Volpi went blind in his old age and died in 1766. .
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Keywords: VOLPI, Gian Antonio (editor) Classical Literature

L. Annaeus Florus [Works]
Lugd. Batav. Leiden: apud Elzevirios, 1638. First Elzevier Edition [SHAKESPEARE SOURCE]. FLORUS, [Lucius] Publius Annaeus. L. Annaeus Florus [Works], CL. Salmasius, addidit Lucium Ampelium. & cod. M.S. nunquam antehac editum. Lugd. Batav. [Leiden]: apud Elzevirios, 1638. First Elzevier edition, second issue, with pp. 200 and 336 misnumbered as 220 and 536 respectively. Twelvemo (4 15/15 x 2 3/4 in; 126 x 70 mm). [8], 536 [i.e. 336], [16, index] pp. Engraved illustrated title-page, headpieces, tailpieces, initials. Contemporary vellum. Yapp edges. Manuscript title to spine. Bookplate of Henry Scott Boys, late Bengal Civil Service, Allahabad. Neat ownership signatures to endpapers and title-page. Quarter inch wormhole to [ii-vii, 2]. Occasional early and neat underlinings. Small loss to spine head/upper board at joint. Otherwise an excellent copy in its original seventeenth century vellum binding. Scarce in the marketplace; no copies have come to auction within the last thirty-six years. "At the better grammar schools of the time the relevant authors studied were Ovid, Cicero, Caesar, Sallust and Livy. At Eton the boys in the fifth form read Valerius Maximus and Lucius Florus. There is no reason to suppose that Shakespeare knew all these, but if he went to Stratford Grammar School he would not only be able to read but to imitate the style of several of them.. if he wished to consult any of the major Roman historians in Latin he could do so profitably and without great difficulty" (Bullough, Narrative and Dramatic Sources of Shakespeare). Florus was not translated into English until 1619. "Florus' abridgement of Roman history, well-known to English schoolboys in Latin form, refers to Coriolanus briefly in his Book I, and gives a version of the fable of the Body's Members" (Gillespie, Shakespeare's Books, p. 171). Goldsmid II, p. 47. Willems 467. Copinger 1738. .
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Keywords: FLORUS, [Lucius] Publius Annaeus Classical History Classical Literature Early Books Fine Printing

 KIRCHER, ATHANASIUS, Diatribe de Prodigiosi Crucibus
Diatribe de Prodigiosi Crucibus
Roma: Vitale Mascardi, 1661. First Edition of One of the Rarest of Athanasius Kircher's Books "Post-Vesuvius Crosses" KIRCHER, Athanasius. Diatribe de prodigiosi Crucibus: quae tam supra vestes hominum, quam res alias, non pridem post vltimum incendium Vesuuij Montis Neapoli Comparuerunt. Roma: Vitale Mascardi, 1661. First edition. Small octavo (6 1/2 x 4 1/16 inches; 164 x 103 mm). [viii], 103, [1, blank] pp. one fold-out plate. Roman and italic type. Woodcut initials, head- tailpieces. Nineteenth century full vellum, spine lettered in manuscript. Slight burn mark affecting 1/4 x 1/2 inch of top blank margin of last three leaves of text and rear endleaves (not affecting any text). Later endpapers with original marbled endpapers bound in. An excellent copy of a very rare book. Housed in a fleece-lined half black morocco clamshell case. "During 1661 a further work was published by Kircher which brought a refreshingly rational approach to a problem worrying the people of Naples. Mysterious crosses had been appearing on clothing and all manner of fabrics. In this Diatribe de prodigiosis crucibus Kircher proved that the suspected indication of heavenly wrath was little more than the presence in the air around Vesuvius-dominated Naples of minute specks of volcanic ash, settling on the texture of woven cloth." (John Fletcher. A study of the life and works of Athanasius Kircher, p. 51). One of the rarest of all works in first edition by Kircher and near impossible to find in the marketplace, Diatribe de Prodigiosis Crucibus "attempts to explain the uncanny appearance of crosses on clothing and other objects immediately after an eruption of Vesuvius in 1660. He begins by discussing the history of similar appearances and the nature of miracles in general. God, he says, works by natural means, and miracles can therefore be explained rationally..Nevertheless, he argues, the crosses are a portent from God warning the people to repent. This approach is an excellent illustration of Kircher's position between the two worlds of the seventeenth century, the scientific and the orthodox" (Merrill). Kircher: Merrill 16. Brunet III, 67. Graesse IV, 21. Sommervogel IV, 1059.18. Clendening 9.12. .
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 KIRCHER, ATHANASIUS, Magnes Sive de Arte Magnetica Opus Tripartitum
Magnes Sive de Arte Magnetica Opus Tripartitum
Cologne: Iodocum Kalcoven, 1643. Magnets and the Magnetic Art Second Enlarged and Corrected Edition KIRCHER, Athanasius. Magnes sive de arte magnetica opus tripartitum quo praeterquam quod universa magnetis natura, eiusque in omnibus. Artibus & Scientiis usus, nova Methodo explicetur, è viribus quoque & prodigiosis effectibus Magneticarum, aliarumq; abditarum Naturae motionum in Elementis, Lapidibus, Plantis & Animalibus elucescentium, multa hucusque incognita Naturae arcana per Physica, Medica, Chymica, & Mathematica omnis generis experimenta recluduntur. Editio Secunda post Romanum multò correctior. Cologne: Iodocum Kalcoven, 1643. Second edition, corrected and enlarged by Kircher shortly after the first edition of 1641 was published. Octavo (7 7/8 x 6 inches; 200 x 152 mm.). [28], 797, [1], [38] pp. Complete with the additional engraved title-page, engraved vignette on title. Thirty-two engraved plates (including full page woodcuts on pp. 196, 197, & 198) and numerous engraved and woodcut text illustrations, including music. Contemporary yapp-edged vellum, spine lettered in manuscript. All edges stained red, later endleaves. Small expert repair (one inch square) to blank area on title-page due to removal of ownership stamp and not affecting any text on verso. Three very small marginal paper-flaws, some leaves lightly toned, a few leaves with light, mainly marginal water-stain, otherwise a complete, fine and clean copy. This edition was rewritten and expanded from the first edition in quarto. Kircher's definitive work on magnetism and electromagnetism (a term coined by Kircher in this work), which he conceived as a universal force of nature. Kircher carefully compiled measurements of magnetic declination from several places around the world, as reported by Jesuit scholars, and particularly by his disciple Martin Martine, who in a letter suggested the possibility of determining longitudes by the declination of a magnetic needle. Recognizing the importance of this method, Kircher brought it to the attention of the scientific world. An extensive chapter discusses the magnetic properties of the planets. Kircher's Magnes is filled with curiosities, both profound and frivolous. The work does not deal solely with what modern physicists call magnetism. Kircher discusses, for example, the magnetism of the earth and heavenly bodies; the tides; the attraction and repulsion in animals and plants; and the magnetic attraction of music and love. He also explains the practical applications of magnetism in medicine, hydraulics, and even in the construction of scientific instruments and toys. In the epilogue Kircher moves from the practical to the metaphysical - and Aristolelian - when he discusses the nature and position of God: "the central magnet of the universe." Practically all of Kircher's works begin with an illustrated title-page. Sometimes these were changed even for later issues of the same work, as for this second and greatly enlarged edition of his Magnes. Sommervogel IV 1048.6; Merrill 5. Jesuit Science in the Age of Galileo, Linda Hall Library, 1986, n. 43. .
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 KIRCHER, ATHANASIUS, Magneticum Naturae Regnum
Magneticum Naturae Regnum
Amstelodami: Johannis Janssonii à Waesberge & Elizei Weyerstraet, 1667. Kircher's Last Work on Magnetism in Nature KIRCHER, Athanasius. Magneticum Naturae Regnum sive Disceptacio Physiologica de Triplici in Natura rerum Magnete, juxta triplicem ejusdem Naturae gradem digesto Inamimato Animato Sensitivo.. Amstelodami: Johannis Janssonii à Waesberge & Elizei Weyerstraet, 1667. First twelvemo edition, issued in the same year as the Rome first quarto edition, and not to be confused with the undated twelvemo edition [ca. 1669] from Johannis Janssonii. Twelvemo (5 1/4 x 2 3/4 in; 133 x 72 mm). [18], 201, [7] pp. [ *10, A12 - I6,K2]. Extra-engraved title page. Initials. Tailpieces. Contemporary full vellum with clasps. Sprinkled edges. Faded ink title to spine. With the dated 1668 bookplate of Francis, Provost of St. Cross at Augsburg (Franciscus D.G. PR Sanctae Crucis Auguste A 1668). An astonishingly clean and excellent copy. Of the utmost scarcity in the marketplace, with only two copies of this edition (and only two of the Rome edition) coming to auction within the last thirty-five years, one of which was wormed and browned in a modern binding. "The Magneticum naturae regnum contains Kircher's final words on the principle of magnetism in nature. Much of the work repeats what was said earlier in his much more extensive Magnes sive de arte magneticum. Kircher discusses the role of magnetism in man (attraction and repulsion, friendship and hatred, likes and dislikes, sympathy and antipathy), in inanimate nature..in animate or vegetative nature.. and sensitive nature.. He asserts that the principle of attraction and repulsion can explain the most obscure phenomena of physics and that there is no secret in nature that cannot be penetrated and understood by astute observation - an attitude characteristic of his time" (Merrill). Merrill 21. Caillet 5781. Brunet III, 667. Graesse IV, 21. De Backer - Sommervogel IV, 1065.25. .
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Musaeum Kircherianum
Roma: Georgius Plachi, 1709. The Rare Catalogue of the Great Kircher Museum [KIRCHER, Athanasius]. BONANNI, Filippo. Musaeum Kircherianum, sive Musaeum a P. Athanasio Kirchero In Collegio Romano Societatis Jesu jam pridem incoeptum Nuper restitutum, auctum, descriptum, & Iconibus illustratum.. Roma: Typis Georgii Plachi Caelaturam Prositentis, & Characterum Fusoriam propè S. Marcum, 1709. First edition of Bonanni's catalogue of the Kircher Museum in Rome. Folio (14 5/8 x 9 3/4 inches; 372 x 247 mm.). [xii], 1-39, [40, blank], [21 leaves of illustration numbered 40-60], 61-79, [80, blank], [4 leaves of illustration numbered 60-63], 84-115, [12 leaves of illustration numbered 116-127], 128-146, [147, blank], [14 leaves of illustration numbered 147-160], 161-183, [184, blank], [15 leaves of illustration numbered 184-197.2], 198-224, [225, blank], [2 leaves of illustration numbered 248-226], 225-247, [248, blank], [18 leaves of illustration numbered 284-300], 264-283, [21 leaves of illustration numbered 284-300], 302-312, [313, blank], [4 leaves of illustration numbered 313-316], 316-319, [2 leaves of illustration numbered 320-321], 322-361, [28 leaves of illustration numbered 362-387, 391], 392-411, [1 leaf of illustration numbered 412], 412-522, [1, blank], [48 leaves of illustration numbered a-bbb], [7, index], [1, blank] pp. Plate numbers 299 & 364 are double-page folding. A4-H2, I4-N4, O6, P4-T4, U6, X4-Z4, Aa4, Bb6, Cc6, Dd4-Gg4, Hh6, Ii4-Zz4, Aaa6. Text printed in two columns. Engraved portrait frontispiece of Prince Ruspoli, and 190 engraved plates, two of which are double-page. Leaf Hh2 (pp. 352/353 with small, neatly repaired lower marginal tear. Some light occasional browning to a few leaves, otherwise fine and clean. Contemporary vellum, manuscript title on spine, all edges sprinkled red. Slight cracking to upper and lower portions of spine. Engraved portrait of Athanasius Kircher on front paste-down, rectangular bookplate of Bibliotheca Kircheriana on front paste-down. Albert Vialis was an early twentieth century French translator and avid collector of Kircher material. Most copies that have appeared at auction have lacked plates or other imperfections. Just four copies have appeared at auction over the past fifty years, with only two of those purportedly complete. Our copy has 190 engraved plates which is 28 more than any other copy cited. In 1698, Jesuit Filippo Bonanni (1638-1723) was appointed curator of the internationally known cabinet of curiosities, the Musaeum Kircherianum, gathered by Athanasius Kircher and lodged in the Jesuit Collegio Romano. The museum was created in the middle of the seventeenth century. Because Kircher was interested in everything the museum included objects of every kind from many emerging disciplines: antiquities, archaeology, ethnography, natural history, etc. and also included a number of mathematical, scientific, and physical instruments. The Museum does not exist any more as such, its collections having been disbursed among the other Roman museums. It is possible, however, to reconstruct it in one's imagination, because of the elaborate description of it by Buonanni, who published this detailed, if not exhaustive, catalogue of the amazing collection of his Jesuit colleague, which, in addition to the items above, clocks, artwork, coins, mummies, a "mermaid's tail," an extraordinary collection of shoes, the first cuneiform document known in Europe, and a large collection of seashells. The catalog is divided into twelve sections (Classes) concerning the various categories of objects. These range from antiques to the natural sciences, physics and mathematics, in order to illustrate what Nature "his sinus inexausto effluxu produxit" (Proemium). The antiquities occupy the first five sections and are collected in ethnographic criteria. The critical assumptions cards to each category focus on the use and characteristics of individual types of objects. Cicognara 3372. Caillet 5784. Honeyman 550. Brunet I,1086. Nissen ZBI 2198. .
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 KIRCHER, ATHANASIUS, Principis Christiani Archetypon Politicum
Principis Christiani Archetypon Politicum
Amstelodami: apud Joannem Janssonium à Waesberge, 1672. An Impressive Display of Kircher's Virtuosity as a Linguist" KIRCHER, Athanasius. Principis Christiani Archetypon Politicum sive Sapientia Regnatrix; quam Regiis instructam documentis ex antiquo..Amstelodami: apud Joannem Janssonium à Waesberge, 1672. First edition. Quarto (10 1/4 x 7 3/4 in; 261 x 200 mm). Portrait frontispiece, [18], 235, [1, colophon] pp. including 14 engraved illustrations in the text and folding table "Genealogia Domus Joanniae" between pp. 108/109. Leaf S4 (pp. 143/144) supplied in facsimile. Text moderately to heavily foxed. Bound in full vellum from an old hymnal decorated in red and black, green silk ties. A good working copy of a very scarce book.. "Kircher's handbook of the virtues proper to a prince; it is also an encomium of Honoratus Joannius, who, according to Kircher embodied those virtues. "..The Archetypon politicum is interesting not so much for its content - the history is unreliable - as for its noble and lucid style. Appended to the work are various poems in praise of Honoratus, composed in Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Spanish, Italian, French, German, Arabic, Aramaic, Samaritan, and Coptic - an impressive display of Kircher's virtuosity as a linguist" (Merrill). Merrill 24. Brunet iii, 668. De Backer i, 430.24. Graesse IV, 22. Sommervogel IV, 1068.30. .
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 LULL, RAMÓN; LULLUS, RAIMUNDUS [OR] RAMÓN, Opusculum Raymundinum de Auditu Kabbalistico Sive Ad Omnes Scientias Introductorium
Opusculum Raymundinum de Auditu Kabbalistico Sive Ad Omnes Scientias Introductorium
Paris: Aegidius Gorbinus, 1578. A Remarkable Survival of Three Books by Ramón Lull - 'Doctor Illuminatus' One of Athanasius Kircher's Greatest Influences LULL, Ramón. Opusculum Raymundinum de auditu Kabbalistico sive ad omnes Scientias introductorium. Incipit libellus de Kabbalistico auditu in via Raymundi Lullii. Paris: Apud Aegidium Gorbinum.. 1578. Twelvemo (4 3/8 x 3 1/8 inches; 111 x 80 mm.). 82 [i.e. 80] leaves (A8-K8). Woodcut printer's device on title (Renouard no. 376). Folding table and two woodcuts in the text, and five plates with woodcut diagrams including one with a volvelle with two moving parts. Title-page with the German Jesuit library stamps of "Domus Bonnensis" and "Bibl.script". A fine copy of a rare and important work which includes among its five plates a volvelle mounted with its two movable parts still present. Third Edition, the previous two appeared in 1518 and 1538 in Venice, all of which are very rare. "How successful was the thesis of 'De auditu kabbalistico' in the 16th and 17th centuries, could be shown by the impressive reception of this treatise, which ranges from about Giordano Bruno, Claude Duret, Johann Heinrich Alsted and Athanasius Kircher up to Leibniz" (G. Kurz [ed], Meditation und Erinnerung in der Frühen Neuzeit, p 115; trans.). This text has found an important place in the body of Kabbalistic texts with its attribution to Ramón Lull (1232-1316). However there is evidence that this is the work of a Renaissance physician and Kabbalist scholar when one goes back to the original 1518 edition. Pietro Mainardi, born about 1456, obtained his doctorate at the University of Ferrara in 1490 and went on to teach medicine there until 1527. He was definitely a great scholar of Lull and while composing this work he drew heavily from Lull's Ars Brevis and inserted kabbalistic references and added, very effectively, some of his own. However he did not sign the work. He apparently wished to remain anonymous as the author so his name appears only in the colophon of the 1518 edition as the editor and publisher. Thus in later editions, with different publishers and colophons the work became Opusculum Raymundinum. The work definitely has very scholarly content and a form so similar as to be considered a work of Lull and would from then on be ascribed to him. Its great success is attested by several documents and printed texts in which quotations from the present work (De auditu) would mingle with the Kabbalistic text collections of Lull. In addition, this is the first book that deepens and broadens the ars combinatorial method invented by Lull through which, by using diagrams, figures, or words, you can connect, in a sort of mechanical logic, information in each field to get closer to universal knowledge as well as to be able to memorize it. Many later scientists and philosophers (Bruno, Agrippa, Kircher, Alsted, Leibniz and his followers) or writers (Roussel, Raymond Queneau, Perec, Calvino, Eco ) were interested in the theories expressed here. Palau 143.864; Duveen 370; Caillet 6846; E. Rogent & E. Duràn, Bibl. de les impressions lul-lianes, (Barcelona, 1927), no 120; C. Ottaviano, Lull's L'ars compendiosa, (1930) p. 97, no. 17 (under "E Écrits apocryphes."). [together with] LULL, Ramón. Ars Brevis Illuminati Doctoris Magistri Raymundi Lull. Quae est ad omnes scientias pauco & brevi tempore assequendas introductorium & brevis via, una cum figuris illi materiae deservientibus, necnon & illius scientiae approbatione. In cuius castigatione attendat lector quam castigatissimè Magister Bernardus de lavinhera artis illius fidissimus interpres insudatit.. Paris: Apud Aegydium Gorbinum.. 1578. Twelvemo (4 3/8 x 3 1/8 inches; 111 x 80 mm.). 48 leaves (A8-F8). Woodcut printer's device on title (Renouard no. 376). woodcut diagrams on A5 recto, B1 recto, folding woodcut diagram between A6 and A7, B2 verso with a volvelle with two moving parts, folding table between B7 and B8. A fine copy of a rare and important work with the plate with the volvelle mounted with its two movable parts still present. Rare compendium edition of the Ars Magna - and therefore defined Brevis - of the Catalan philosopher and theologian Ramón Lull, who lived in the thirteenth century and was the author of numerous works of scientific argument, mystical-philosophical and even literary. The work of Lull ranks for many critics of the foundations of modern science and was studied and deepened by thinkers such as Nicola Cusano, Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, Giordano Bruno, Kircher, Cartesio, Descartes and Leibniz. "This work, written at Pisa in 1308, was the most widely read and widely distributed version of the Art. It corresponded to a desire, peculiar to the second of the Art's phases, to simplify the principles of the Art. The Ars Brevis starts by stating that it was written so as to facilitate access to the 'Great Art', specifically the Ars generalis ultima (1305-1308)". "The Ars brevis operates in accordance with a remodelled version of logic that Llull dealt with in the Logica nova (1303): the 'compartments' containing two or three concepts correspond, therefore, to propositions and syllogisms. The Art shows one how to 'find' all possible propositions and syllogisms from the terms given in the Alphabet and how to verify their truth or falsity. The Tree of Science (1295-1296), on the other hand, reveals how the structure of principles and relations in the Ars brevis is linked with the whole of the intelligible world. The Ars brevis contains thirteen highly dense parts. The first part presents the Alphabet; the second, the Figures; the third, the definitions of the Principles; the fourth, the Rules; the fifth, the Table; the sixth, the Evacuation of the Third Figure; the seventh, the Multiplication of the Fourth Figure; the eighth, the 'mixing' ('mixtio') or combining of the Principles and the Rules; the ninth, the nine Subjects; the tenth, the application [of the Art]; the eleventh, the questions; the twelfth, familiarisation [with the Art]; the thirteenth, 'the way to teach this Art'". (See Anthony Bonner. Selected Works of Ramón Llull, volume 1, pp. 569-646). "..The next twist in the path came from perhaps the strangest character in the history of Lullism, the German Jesuit Athanasius Kircher (1602-1680), scientist, mathematician, cryptographer, and student of Egyptian hieroglyphics. With the idea of perfecting Llull's Art, he published in Amsterdam in 1669 his vast Ars magna sciendi. This work begins in reforming the alphabet of the Art, inventing little symbols (a heart for Concordantia, a donkey for Animalia, etc) and continues with what Martin Gardner calls a fascinating mixture of Science and nonsense." (Anthony Bonner. Doctor Illuminatus. A Ramon Llull Reader, p. 68). Palau, 14370-14384; Duveen, p. 370. [together with] LULL, Ramón. Articuli Fidei Sacrosanctae ac Salutiferae legis Christianae cum corundem perpulchra introductione. Quos (caeteras leges omnes improbando) Illuminatus doctor Raymundus Lullius rationibus necessariis demonstrativè probat. Paris: Apud Aegydium Gorbinum.. 1578. Twelvemo (4 3/8 x 3 1/8 inches; 111 x 80 mm.). 66 [i.e. 64] leaves (A8-H8, I2). Woodcut printer's device on title (Renouard no. 376). Articles of Christian faith, Holy law and healing affairs with a fine introduction. "Deus in Virtue tua sperantes, & de tua gratia confidentes, intendimus probare articules fidei per necessarias rationes." The three books bound together as a sammelband. Twelvemo. Contemporary full yapp-edged vellum, manuscript title on spine, unidentified armorial bookplate on front paste-down. A remarkable survival in almost pristine condition. Housed in a fleece-lined, full brown scored calf clamshell case. "The German Jesuit Athanasius Kircher (1601-1680), scientist, mathematician, cryptographer, and student of Egyptian hieroglyphics, was also a confirmed Lullist. He published in Amsterdam in 1669 a huge tome of nearly 500 pages titled Ars magna sciendi sive combinatoria. It abounds with Lullian figures and circles bearing ingenious pictographic symbols" (Gardner, Martin. Logic Machines and Diagrams). Ramón Lull, Poet, Philosopher, Alchemist, Catalan Mystic - also known as Doctor Illuminatus.. "The definitive Ars Magna, Lull's greatest contribution to science - his attempt to unify all knowledge into a single system. Lull invented an 'art of finding truth' which inspired Leibniz's dream of a universal algebra four centuries later. The most distinctive characteristic of [his] Art is clearly its combinatory nature, which led to both the use of complex semimechanical techniques that sometimes required figures with separately revolving concentric wheels - 'volvelles', in bibliographical parlance - and to the symbolic notation of its alphabet. These features justify its classification among the forerunners of both modern symbolic logic and computer science, with its systematically exhaustive consideration of all possible combinations of the material under examination, reduced to a symbolic coding. The Art's function as a means of unifying all knowledge into a single system remained viable throughout the Renaissance and well into the seventeenth century" (DSB). .
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Keywords: LULLUS, Raimundus [or] Ramón Early Books Philosophy Religion Science and Technology

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