Publisher, SPCK, London, 1925 (1st Edition)
Hardback, The book is bound in the original dark red cloth covered boards with gold titling on the spine, with pp. vii, +117 pages.
Condition, Used, Very-Good. The case of the book is in very good condition with some shelf wear and light soiling on the boards. The spine is slightly faded with some wear to the titling.
The contents are tight and clean with no inscription.
Ramon Lull, or Lully, (c1232-1315) was a Spanish theologian and mystic, known as ‘the enlightened doctor’, was born in Palma. In his youth he served as a soldier and led a dissolute life, but from 1266 gave himself up to ascetism and resolved on a spiritual crusade for the conversion of the Muslims. To this end he produced his ‘Ars Magma‘, In 1291 he went to Tunis to confute and convert the Muslims, but was imprisoned and banished. After visiting Naples, Rome, Majorca, Cyprus and Armenia, he again sailed for algeria, and was again banished. The Lullists combined religious mysticism with alchemy, but it has been disproved that Lully himself ever dabbled in alchemy. E. Allison Peers writes in his preface that this is the first translation into English of Ramon Lull’s ‘Art of Contemplation‘, which may be described as an attempt to guide the mystically-minded reader in the practice of mental prayer.
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