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    An Important Early Printed Work on Alchemy

    Ramon Lull and John of Rupesciss [Jean de Roquetaillade]. Sacri Doctoris Raymundi Luli de secretis naturae sive de quinta essentia Libellus. Augsburg: [Sigmund Grimm and Marx Wirsung], 1518. First separate edition of the Lullian version of John of Rupescissa's "De Consideratione Quintae Essentiae." (First printed in Venice 1514.) Small quarto. a6, b-f4. 26 folios. 52 pages. Fine woodcut title-page border. Modern quarter vellum over boards, boards covered with early printed leaves. Some ink stains on title-page, last five leaves with some worming (minor text loss), closely trimmed with side-notes and border of title-page slightly cut into. Small repair to margin of final leaf. Still, a very good copy.
    VD 16 R157. Rogent/Duran 71. Mellon 8. Bruning 115. BM STC (German) 533. Rosenthal, Magica. 541. Palau 143; 829. Neville II, 101. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    Lull, Ramon & John of Rupescissa.[Jean de Roquetaillade]. Sacri Doctoris Raymundi Luli de secretis naturae sive de quinta essentia Libellus. Augsburg: [Sigmund Grimm & Marx Wirsung], 1518. 4to. a6, b-f4. 26ff=52pp. Modern 1/2 vellum, some ink stains on t.p., last 5 leaves with some worming (minor text loss), closely trimmed with side-notes and border of t.p. slightly cut into. Fine woodcut t.p. border

    First Separate Edition. Lullian version of John of Rupescissa's "De Consideratione Quintae Essentiae." (First printed in Venice 1514.)

    Lull (ca. 1232-1315) Spanish philosopher, alchemist, Catholic martyr. His works on occult philosophy, memory, and alchemy were basic to Renaissance magic. "As the inventor of a method which was to have an immense influence throughout Europe for centuries, Lull is an extremely important figure. Lullism is a precursor of scientific method. Lullian astral medicine developed into Pseudo-Lullian alchemy. The great figures of Renaissance Neoplatonism include Lullism in their interests, and naturally so since Lullism was the precursor of their ways of thinking. And from the point of history of religion and of religious toleration, surely we admire Lull's vision in taking advantage of the unique concentration of Christian, Moslem, and Jewish traditions..."[Francis Yates,Occult Philosophy in the Elizabethan Age,1979.]

    John of Rupescissa is the actual author of the alchemical 'Liber de secretis naturae seu de quinta essentia' traditionally ascribed to Lull. It was written in the mid-fourteenth century. Michela Pereira "Alchemical Corpus Attributed To Raymond Lull, 1989" notes "...all point in the same direction: the false attribution of every alchemical treatise concerning the fifth essence of wine and its attribution to Raymond Lull. Clearly, in alchemical and Hermetic tradition Lull's name carried more weight than Rupescissa's."

    VD 16 R157. Rogent/Duran 71. Mellon 8. Bruning 115. BM STC (German) 533. Rosenthal, Magica. 541. Palau 143; 829. Neville II, 101.



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