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Hoyland, Charles William (1807-1889)

Hoyland, Charles William, 1807-1889

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Collection of translations, notes and extracts from alchemical authors, and from Knorr von Rosenroth's 'Cabbala denudata': mostly incomplete or fragmentary. Author's holograph MSS. The following are among the more complete items: Resumé of the 'Sepher Itzirah', and on the significance of the Hebrew letters (15 ll.) (18 ll.). Sancta Kabbala: sacred tradition (20 ll.). 'The Keys': remarks and enquiries on the great mysteries of Hermetic Philosophy (33 ll.). Fragments from 'Aesch Mezareph' (7 ll.). Analysis of the 'Seven Chapters of Hermes' (5 ll.). General resumé of the 'Four Keys of Occult Sciences' (6 ll.). Account of a Transmutation [beginning wanting] (6 ll.). Translation of alchemical writings by Alexander von Suchten (24 ll.). Extracts from 'Kabbala denudata', on the Hebrew alphabet, and on the Tarot cards, etc. (14 ll.). 'Mysteries and secrets of the Cabala combined with the Chemical Philosophers, showing the connection of the two from whence derived' [Incomplete] (155 pp.). On the outside leaf of the last item is the date 'Constantinople 1865', and the initials 'C.W.H.'. Some of the parts of this collection are apparently related to the items in MS. No. 1737 [Colonne]. Produced in Constantinople.



Physical description

1 volume 219 ll. v.s. Unbound in a pamphlet case. Some leaves are badly mutilated.

Acquisition note

Purchased 1936.

Biographical note

The compiler and author of these notes was surgeon to Queen Anne's Lying-in Hospital, and later superintendent of the Seamen's Hospital at Constantinople. He afterwards practised in South Norwood where he died in 1889. [Cf. Plarr 'Lives of the Fellows of the Royal College of Surgeons of England', 1930, Vol. I.].

Finding aids

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).


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