Alchemical miscellany

Creator:
[Anonymous]
Albertus, Magnus, Saint, 1193?-1280
Khālid ibn Yazīd al-Umawī, 7th cent
Martin Roesel of Rosenthal
Wolfgang the Organist
Published/Created:
Germany (Usedom, Pomerania),
Usedom, Pomerania
Germany
1536
ca. 1520
ca. 1586
Physical Description:
ff. i + 132 + iii : paper ; 210 x 155 (180 x 140) mm.
Notes:
Watermarks: 1) unidentified eagle watermark somewhat resembling Briquet 104; 2) a crown pattern resembling Briquet 4921 and 1922; 3) the Paschal lamb resembling Briquet 61.
Script: Part I (ff. 1-29): Written in 1536 in red and black in a gothic cursive by Wolfgang the Organist. Part II (ff. 30-65): Written in a well-controlled gothic cursive without color. Part III (ff. 66-132): Written in one or possibly two scrawling gothic cursives, with red headings on ff. 109-124.
Several initials illuminated in trick have been cut from a late 15th-century MS and pasted into the present MS at ff. 2v, 4v, 5, 10r, and 16r. Marginal drawings of alchemical apparatus are cropped, as also marginalia.
Binding: Probably ca. 1586 for Martin Roesel. Red-stained limp parchment (most of the stain now lost), single central clasp and catch now missing from center of fore-edges, two slits on each fore-edge for thong or ribbon ties, also missing.
In Latin and German, partly in cipher.
Abstract:
Manuscript on paper, composed in three parts, of a large number of practical procedures, chiefly alchemical but sometimes medical, with a few standard medieval alchemical texts by Khalid ibn Yazid, Theodoric, and Albertus Magnus. Occasionally there are passages in cipher, added by Martin Roesel of Rosenthal ca. 1586, long after the principal contents were written; the cipher seems to be of a simple number-substitution type.
Topics:
Alchemy--Early works to 1800
Illumination of books and manuscripts, Medieval
Manuscripts, Medieval--Connecticut--New Haven
Medicine, Medieval
Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in Beinecke Library
Language:
German
Latin
Genre:
Annotations
Drawings
Hand coloring
Illustrations
Inhabited initials
Manuscripts
Marginalia
Format:
Mixed Material
Content Type:
Archives or Manuscripts
Rights:
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Access Restrictions:
Public
Call Number:
Mellon MS 27
Orbis Record:
9878477
Orbis Barcode:
39002104687760
Yale Collection:
Beinecke Library
Digital Collection:
General Collection, BRBL, Yale University
oid pointer:
1245798
Citation:
Witten, Laurence C. and Pachella, Richard. Alchemy and the Occult: A Catalogue of Books and Manuscripts from the Collection of Paul and Mary Mellon. Volume Three: Manuscripts, Mellon MS 27.
Alchemical Miscellany. General Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.
Extent of digitization:
Complete work digitized.
OID:
2056670
PID:
digcoll:3576248

Number of Pages: 141
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