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Opusculum Raymundinum de Auditu Kabbalistico sive ad Omnes Scientias Introductorium

LULL, Ramón; LULLUS, Raimundus [or] Ramón

Published by Paris: Aegidius Gorbinus, 1578, 1578
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A Remarkable Survival of Three Books by Ramón Lull - 'Doctor Illuminatus'One of Athanasius Kircher's Greatest InfluencesLULL, 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. Bookseller Inventory # 03734

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Publisher: Paris: Aegidius Gorbinus, 1578

Publication Date: 1578

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