Treatises on alchemy. Edit

Summary

Identifier
Adv.MS.20.8.1

Dates

  • 14th century. (Creation)

Extents

  • 0.00 linear metres (Whole)
    49 folios.

Subjects

Notes

  • Physical Description

    0.00 linear metres49 folios.130.00 x 170.00 millimetres

  • Dimensions

    130.00 x 170.00 millimetres

  • Scope and Contents

    The contents of the manuscript are as follows:

    (i) Conpositum de Conpositis abstractis a philosophis.’ See ‘Catalogue of Latin and vernacular alchemical manuscripts’, number 290, which ascribes the work to `magistri Parisii`. For a summary of the contents and discussion of possible authorship, see ‘History of magic and experimental science’ (London, 1923-1958), volume iii, page 133-135. A colophon gives the place and date of compilation of the treatise as Paris, May, 1331, and adds `Hec scripta Anno eodem revoluto.` (Folio 6.)

    (ii) `Nota nobilissimam medicinam ad omnem egritudinem cuiuslibet generis expellandam`, in praise of a panacea. ‘Catalogue of Latin and vernacular alchemical manuscripts’, number 1097. (Folio 40 verso.)

    (iii) Alchemical verses, printed in ‘Catalogue of Latin and vernacular alchemical manuscripts’, number 523. (Folio 42.)

    (iv) Miscellaneous notes on Arab philosophers and alchemical matters. ‘Catalogue of Latin and vernacular alchemical manuscripts’, number 523. (Folio 42 verso.)

    Large initials and tituli in red. Written in littera textualis Gothica formata. Folios 2-5 and the last five folios are blank except for ruling.

    On folio 1 is the name `Jacq. Wurringen. Pharmacien` in a 17th-century hand.

  • Arrangement

    Collation: 1⁴, 2-5¹⁰, 6⁶ (-1). 19 lines.

  • Bibliography

    Singer, Dorothea Waley. ‘Catalogue of Latin and vernacular alchemical manuscripts’ (Brussells, 1928-1931).

    Thorndike, Lynn. ‘History of magic and experimental science’ (London, 1923-1958).

  • Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

    Vellum. Vellum covers.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Presented, 1925, by the Faculty of Advocates to the nation on the foundation of the National Library of Scotland.

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