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Ms. Codex 1670 - Flambeau des vrais rosecroix ou des sages
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Flambeau des vrais rosecroix ou des sages [manuscript].
London, 1798.
Physical description:
178 leaves : paper ; 195 x 159 (150 x 120) mm. x bound to 202 x 165 mm.
Collection of alchemical recipes and instructions for the purification, distillation, and transmutation of metals and ores such as gold, silver, cinnabar, lead, antimony, and mercury. Also includes a few recipes for elixirs and oils as well as instructions on how to construct different types of furnaces for alchemical uses, with accompanying illustrations throughout.
Ms. codex.
Title from caption title (f. 1r).
Foliation: Paper, 178; [ii], 1-62, 62-120, 120, 122, 122-149, [xxv]; contemporary foliation in ink, upper center recto.
Layout: Written in 24-26 long lines; ruled in lead.
Script: Written in a cursive script by what appears to be a single hand.
Decoration: Seventeen watercolor illustrations of alchemical apparatus (for example, f. 59v); headings and underlining in red ink throughout.
Binding: Contemporary parchment. Paper is stained, weak, and deteriorating along the gutter due to moisture damage, particularly the inside of the upper hinge and the first two leaves. Second quire is almost completely detached due to broken sewing.
Origin: Written in London in 1798 (f. i recto).
Cite as:
UPenn Ms. Codex 1670.
Manuscript location:
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts University of Pennsylvania Ms. Codex 1670
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