The manuscript F-129 in the Biblioteca Diocesana of Palma de Mallorca consists of a collection of books written by the Catalan lay missionary, philosopher, mystic, poet and novelist Ramón Llull (1232/3-1316), an intellectual and religious figure renowned for his apologetic writings and his teaching of languages.
A prolific and debated writer, Llull’s goal was to organize human knowledge into mathematic diagrams in order to write the work that would have converted Muslims and Jews.
This manuscript is an important witness of Llull’s thought because it includes the texts of the Tree of Philosophy of Love, the Song of Ramon, and The Book of the Gentile and the Three Wise Men, all written in Catalan.
Thus, the manuscript unifies the mystical novel of the tree of philosophy of love with the apologetic work in which unbelievers struggle to find the truth and finally embrace faith.
Portraits of Ramón Llull and the Philosophy of Love
The manuscript in Palma de Mallorca was made in the fourteenth century, with the addition of a fragmentary text (fol. 51r) on the Council (IV.48), composed by the same author, and datable in the fifteenth century.
The manuscript is rich of diagrams that explain the contents of the text. A miniature of the Tree of the Philosophy of Love opens the manuscript and represents Ramón Llull accompanied by the personification of the philosophy of love at the feet of a tree.
We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "Ramon Llull's Tree of the Philosophy of Love": Arbre de Filosofia de Amor de Ramon Llull facsimile edition, published by Millennium Liber, 2014