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Ms. Codex 114 - De arte cabalistica, seu De magisterio magno philosophorum ... [etc.]
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Title:
De arte cabalistica, seu De magisterio magno philosophorum ... [etc.] [manuscript].
Origin:
[Germany?, 16--]
Physical description:
109 leaves, 1 folded leaf : paper, ill. ; 167 x 105 (129 x 75) mm. bound to 176 x 109 mm.
Language(s):
Latin.
Summary:
Alchemical work (f. 1r-31v). Also contains another work, Explicatio figurae heremeticae a Khunrahdo designatae (f. 33r-103v). This work includes a fold-out illustration (just before f. 33). Khunrahdus refers to Heinrich Khunrath, 1560-1605.
Provenance:
Acquired, 1960.
Subject:
Khunrath, Heinrich, 1560-1605.
Alchemy - Early works to 1800.
Cabala - Early works to 1800.
Chemistry - History.
Form / Genre:
Codices.
Diagrams.
Manuscripts, Latin - 17th century.
Manuscripts, European.
Notes:
Ms. codex.
Title for manuscript from caption title for predominant work (f. 1r).
Incipit and explicit of first work: (f. 1r) Dividitur hoc Magisterium in quatuor partes ... (f. 31v) ab omnibus calamitatibus eripit, tranquillitatem inducit, et animi vota praestat. Ita mirabilis est omnipotens Deus in operibus suis, cui laus, honor et gloria sempiterna sit. Amen.
Incipit and explicit of second work: (f. 33r) Khunrahdus magnus philosophus hac figura tibi totum opus heremeticum perfectissime demonstravit ... (f. 103r) ne interim amittam BONA aeterna, fruarque IEHOVAH paterno, Fraternoque Amico, ad salutem catholicam, hic & in omnem Aeternitatem fructosissimam. Per et propter sapientiam ... [etc.] in secula seculorum Amen.
The second work, Explicatio, is signed on p. 160 (f. 103v): "Amen. Ex Musaeo nostro. MERCURII TRIMEGISTAE S. PHILOSOPHIAE AMATOR fidelis. 1564." The manuscript is actually later in date than this.
Pagination: Paper, 109; [vi], 1-15, 15-24, 26-44, 33, 36-38, 49-62, [iv], 1-48, 51-56, 66, 57-87, 86-135, 156-160, [vi], contemporary pagination in ink; [iii, 1-103, iii], modern foliation in pencil, lower right recto. Catchwords on lower right corner. References in this record are to the modern foliation.
Script: Written in a cursive script by a single hand.
Decoration: Fold-out illustration of a seven-pointed star diagram with text (between f. 32-33).
Binding: 17th century German[?] red morocco with gold stamps; Germany[?], 17th century. In generally good condition. Cover starting to separate at inside front hinge. Paper weakened and stained throughout by oxidation of the ink.
Origin: Written in Germany[?] in the 17th century[?] (Zacour-Hirsch). Date "1564" on p. 160 (f. 103v) is spurious.
Forms part of: Edgar F. Smith Memorial Collection.
Indexed / Referenced in:
Described in Zacour, Norman P. and Hirsch, Rudolf. Catalogue of Manuscripts in the Libraries of the University of Pennsylvania to 1800 (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1965), p. 233 (Ms. E. F. Smith 8).
Other Titles:
Dividitur hoc Magisterium in quatuor partes.
De magisterio magno philosophorum.
Explicatio figurae heremeticae a Khunrahdo designatae.
Khunrahdus magnus philosophus hac figura tibi totum opus heremeti cum perfectissime demonstravit.
Cite as:
UPenn Ms. Codex 114
Manuscript location:
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts University of Pennsylvania Ms. Codex 114

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Collection: Other
Facsimile: Yes
Illuminated: No
Illustrated: Yes
Notated: No
Language: Latin
Century: 17th century
Date: 1600
Genre: Codices
Genre: Diagrams
Genre: Manuscripts, European
Genre: Manuscripts, Latin - 17th century
Subject: Alchemy
Subject: Cabala
Subject: Chemistry
Subject: Early works to 1800
Subject: History
Page material: Paper