my christmas wishlist

it’s never too early to get organized for christmas, right?! if you’re wondering what to get me this year, here’s my wishlist. well, it’s more like a wish-item, ’cause there’s only one thing on the list (h/t to kristen for pointing this out to me — thanks, kristen! (^_^) )…

raymond of penyafort‘s Quia Tractare Intendimus with TABLES OF CONSANGUINITY AND AFFINITY!! (^_^) an illuminated manuscript on vellum in latin created by raymond while he was scribing away in mid-13th century paris:

raymond of penyafort

the manuscript will be up on the auction block at christie’s tomorrow (july 15th), and it’s estimated to go at between $46,500 and $77,500, so it’s a steal really! (>.<)

raymond sounds like he was my kinda guy, btw:

“Having reached his 60th year, Raymond retired to a reclusive life in Barcelona.

“Within the year, however, Raymond was appointed to the position of Archbishop of Tarragona, the capital of the Kingdom of Aragon, over his strenuous objections. He did not appreciate the honor bestowed on him and ended up getting sick and resigning within two years.

“Raymond returned to Barcelona in 1236. Not long able to remain in seclusion, however, he was elected the Master of the Order of Preachers by the General Chapter of 1238. He immediately set out on foot to visit all the houses of friars and nuns of the Order. Even in the midst of this, he was able to draft a new set of Constitutions of the Order, in which he included a resignation clause for the Master. When it was adopted by the next General Chapter of 1240, he immediately took advantage of that option.”

heh! =P

seriously. if you’ve got a spare 46-77K lying around and feel like purchasing raymond’s manuscript, please donate it to an appropriate library/archive!

even more seriously, if you’ve got any spare cash lying around at all (check under the sofa cushions!), give it to greg cochran. (^_^)
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p.s. – i have to go off and do some hospitaly/medical testy things. back in a few days! (^_^) behave yourselves!

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7 Comments

  1. Oh gosh. I’m working today and I’ll miss it. Who know? It could go for half that. If I’d known earlier I could have taken the day off and going back further been reincarnated as a rich guy. So sad. It looks fabulous.

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  2. good medicine

    “he was able to draft a new set of Constitutions of the Order, in which he included a resignation clause for the Master. When it was adopted by the next General Chapter of 1240, he immediately took advantage of that option.”

    I can picture his face writing it.

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  3. All living beings have their own ”christ”, their ”god”. The primordial religion of all species can be called ”speciesistic ego-alienation”. Human religions are all anthropocentric. Science is a effort to see, understand, work and produce starting by ego-neutral pattern perceptions.

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  4. Maybe this manuscript will be converted into a facsimile edition. In that case, your Christmas wishlist item will become a reality, because it’s truly accessible when comparing to the real thing.

    Although I have to say, what it was going for, was a steal!

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