Description

    "The Categorization of All Knowledge..."

    Athanasius Kircher. Ars Magna Sciendi, In XII Libros Digesta, Qua Nova & Universali Methodo Per Artificiosum Combinationum contextum de omni re proposita plurimis & prope infinitis rationibus disputari, omniumque summaria qu¾dum cognitio comparari potest. Ad Augustissimum Rom. Imperatorem Leopoldum Primum, Justum, Pium, Felicem. Amsterdam: Apud Jannem Janssonium Waesberge, & Viduam Elizei Weyerstraet, 1669. First edition. Folio. *-2*4, A-3O4, 3P6. [16], 482, [10] pages. . Volvelle plate (figure 4) supplied in fine facsimile on old paper. Extra engraved title to both volumes, volvelle on page 13 has parts in facsimile on old paper, engraved tree plate in volume two, and portrait of Emperor Leopold I on *12. Four folding tables. Full contemporary calf, rebacked with original spine preserved, corners worn. Banded spine, gilt stamped decoration, title in gilt lettering. Red speckled edges. Light to moderate browning and foxing, with occasional dampstains. Repair work to three leaves, with no loss of text. "Un des bons ouvrages..." (Caillet). From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
    Please visit HA.com/6112 for an extended description of this lot.


    More Information:

    "Ars Magna Sciendi is Kircher's elaboration and adaptation of the 'Combinatoric Art' of Ramon Lull, the thirteenth-century Majorcan philosopher. Kircher attempts nothing less than the categorization of all knowledge under the nine ideal attributes or dignities of God. These attributes, he argues, are the superstructure of the universe, the pattern for all creation. The universe, if it is to be comprehended in toto, must be organized in the mind according to the same pattern. The modus operandi of the art is, therefore, to move, like Plato's dialectic, from universals to particulars. Kircher consequently designs a system and method for teaching all disciplines in the style of the encyclopedic movement. However, like Lull's Ars demonstrativa, the emphasis of Kircher's work is not pedagogical. Kircher advocates an ambitious scientific method, a type of logic applicable to all branches of learning, a method of finding truth. Much of the book applies the 'Combinatoric Art' to a vast variety of disciplines from theology to medicine to logic, rhetoric, and debate... The Ars Magna Sciendi represents the seventeenth-century search for a universal language that would allow scientists and philosophers to describe and circumscribe all knowledge into a unified system. The Lullian Art was at the center of the search. Philosophers realized then, as they do now, that common language is inadequate for discovering and conveying truth and that a language patterned after the basic structure of the universe could be the key to the exact ordering and verification of all knowledge. For the sake of facility and objectivity, words would have to be replaced by symbols or some type of notation." (Merrill, p.56).

    Athanasius Kircher (1601-80), a learned philosopher and mathematician, entered the Society of Jesuits in 1618 and began to teach philosophy, mathematics, Hebrew and Syriac at the university of Würtzburg, followed by tenures at Avignon and finally Rome. Fascinated by origins and sources, especially with respect to linguistics, he was the first to recognize the relationship between Coptic and ancient Egyptian.

    STCN 166902. Merrill 22. Sommervogel IV, 1066. Caillet 5771. Bibliotheca Esoterica 2380. Ferguson I, 467. De Backer I, 429-30. Clendening 10,17. Brunet III, 666. Neville I,722.

    Kircher, Athanasius. Ars Magna Sciendi, In XII Libros Digesta, Qua Nova & Universali Methodo Per Artificiosum Combinationum contextum de omni re proposita plurimis & prope infinitis rationibus disputari, omniumque summaria qu¾dum cognitio comparari potest. Ad Augustissimum Rom. Imperatorem Leopoldum Primum, Justum, Pium, Felicem. Amsterdam: Apud Jannem Janssonium ˆ Waesberge, & Viduam Elizei Weyerstraet, 1669. Folio. *-2*4, A-3O4, 3P6. [16], 482, [10]pp. Full contemporary calf, rebacked with original spine laid over new, corners worn. Banded spine, gilt stamped decoration, title in gilt lettering. Red speckled edges. Light to moderate browning and foxing, with occasional dampstains. Repair work to three leaves, with no loss of text. Volvelle plate (fig. 4) supplied in fine facsimile on old paper. Extra engraved title to both volumes, volvelle on p 13 has parts in facsimile on old paper, engraved tree plate in volume two, and portrait of Emperor Leopold I on *12. 4 folding tables. First edition. "Un des bons ouvrages," - Caillet.
    "Ars magna sciendi is Kircher's elaboration and adaptation of the 'Combinatoric Art' of Ramon Lull, the thirteenth-century Majorcan philosopher. Kircher attempts nothing less than the categorization of all knowledge under the nine ideal attributes or dignities of God. These attributes, he argues, are the superstructure of the universe, the pattern for all creation. The universe, if it is to be comprehended in toto , must be organized in the mind according to the same pattern. The modus operandi of the art is, therefore, to move, like Plato's dialectic, from universals to particulars. Kircher consequently designs a system and method for teaching all disciplines in the style of the encyclopedic movement. However, like Lull's Ars demonstrativa , the emphasis of Kircher's work is not pedagogical. Kircher advocates an ambitious scientific method, a type of logic applicable to all branches of learning, a method of finding truth. Much of the book applies the 'Combinatoric Art' to a vast variety of disciplines from theology to medicine to logic, rhetoric, and debate.
    The Ars magna sciendi represents the seventeenth-century search for a universal language that would allow scientists and philosophers to describe and circumscribe all knowledge into a unified system. The Lullian Art was at the center of the search. Philosophers realized then, as they do now, that common language is inadequate for discovering and conveying truth and that a language patterned after the basic structure of the universe could be the key to the exact ordering and verification of all knowledge. For the sake of facility and objectivity, words would have to be replaced by symbols or some type of notation," - Merrill, p.56.
    Athanasius Kircher (1601-80), a learned philosopher and mathematician, entered the Society of Jesuits in 1618 and began to teach philosophy, mathematics, Hebrew and Syriac at the university of WŸrtzburg, followed by tenures at Avignon and finally Rome. Fascinated by origins and sources, especially with respect to linguistics, he was the first to recognize the relationship between Coptic and ancient Egyptian. STCN 166902. Merrill 22. Sommervogel IV, 1066. Caillet 5771. Bibliotheca Esoterica 2380. Ferguson I, 467. De Backer I, 429-30. Clendening 10.17. Brunet III, 666.Neville I,722. Philosophy. Occult. Jesuits. Memory. Lull. Medicine. Science.





    Fees, Shipping, and Handling Description: Books & Catalogs (view shipping information)

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    October, 2014
    8th Wednesday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 6
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 407

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $100,000 (minimum $14), plus 20% of any amount between $100,000 and $1,000,000, plus 12% of any amount over $1,000,000 per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2020 October 27 Domain Names Signature Auction - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    This was my first time dealing with an auction house, and I am 100% completely impressed with Heritage. There is not an aspect of this process that I have a critique for.
    Darryl S.,
    Stuart, FL
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2017 November 10 Space Exploration - Dallas
    2017 November 10 Space Exploration - Dallas
    REALIZED SO FAR $852,131