Reference MS.29
Title Alchemy 17th cent.
Imprint Middle 17th century
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Physical description 1 volume
60 ff. + 4 bl. leaves folio. 271/2 x 21 cm. Modern boards.
Note Wellcome Library; GB.
Summary Anonymous work containing 57 leaves of remarkable coloured pendrawings symbolizing the processes of making the Stone, and of alchemical apparatus, etc. Ff. 44-49 contain illustrations of apparatus, and fol. 60 two emblazoned coats of arms, of which the lower one may be that of Charles Bulteau [1627--1710], a French political writer and book-collector. On fol. 12 is a poem of 17 lines in Italian, beginning 'Ogn'un s'agiuti come puo e sa / attender la natura con due ali': and ending 'Salua le sponglie e nulla ne gettare / se liquor diuerso uuoi cauere'. The work begins 'Tesaurum mundi, hic est // Ecce surgens Philosophus germanieque doctrine filius ...': various passages in the text appear to be based on Arabic sources.
Language In Latin.
Provenance A pencil entry on a fly-leaf is 'Sloare [? Sloane] Coll. 2056', but it is not the MS. under that number in Ayscough's Catalogue, p. 567.
Note Purchased 1925. 43832
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Indexes Database description transcribed from S.A.J. Moorat, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts on Medicine and Science in the Wellcome Historical Medical Library (London: Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, 1962-1973).
Topic-LCSH Poetry
Genre/Technique Archives.
Record no. MS.29