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Ms. Codex 111 - [Alchemical miscellany]
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Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts Collection: Ms. Codex 111 - [Alchemical miscellany]
[Alchemical miscellany] [manuscript].
[England, between 1582 and 1630]
Physical description:
96 leaves : paper ; 346 x 223 mm. bound to 351 x 226 mm.
Collection of 34 alchemical treatises, verses and recipes. More than a quarter of them are by George Ripley; other authors represented are Ramón Llull, Guido de Montanor, Geber, Pearce the Black Monk, Johan Isaäc Hollandus, Arnaldus de Villanova, and Constantine the African.
Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloger (Zacour-Hirsch).
Collation: Paper, 96; 1¹⁰, 2¹⁴, 3¹⁰, 4¹⁶, 5¹⁰, 6¹⁴, 7¹⁰, 8¹⁰(+2); [i], 1-10, [11-95]; contemporary foliation in ink, upper right recto; modern foliation in pencil, upper and lower right recto. Catchwords in lower right, each recto, of texts 4 and 6.
Script: Written in a cursive script, erroneously identified as the hand of Henry Percy, 9th Earl of Northumberland (see note on f. [i]), more likely the hand of the first owner, H. Bayle (see R. Newhauser's article, p. 123).
Watermarks: See The New Briquet, v. 1, p. 72, no. 8081 (Nicholas le Bé of Tryes, ca. 1582).
Binding: Contemporary limp vellum with monogram HB on upper cover and title Alchemy on spine; binding loose; vellum cover split and cracked at spine; cover completely detached from front hinge and spine, coming loose from back hinge. Several quires loose; f. 48-49 completely detached..
Origin: Written in England, after 1582 (f. 43r) and before 1630 (Newhauser, p. 122-123).
Forms part of: Edgar F. Smith Memorial Collection.
Cite as:
UPenn Ms. Codex 111
Manuscript location:
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts University of Pennsylvania Ms. Codex 111
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