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Collection of short alchemical works, including De consideratione quintae essentiae by John of Rupecissa. (Miscellanea Alchemica XV)

  • Written by Matteo della Viola, barbiero, at Ferrara.
Date
1453
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MS.520
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Collection of short alchemical works, including De consideratione quintae essentiae by John of Rupescissa. Written in a semi-current humanistic hand 37-40 lines to a page. Initial P on the first leaf in red. The receipts throughout the volume, except for those on the least leaf of text, have been numbered from 1 to 206.

Contents

1. ff. 1r-34v John of Rupecissa, De consideratione Quintae Essentiae

f. 1r Primus liber de consideratione Quinte exientie [sic] omnium rerum transmutabilium. In nomine domini nostri yhesu christi. Inzipit [sic] liber de famulatu philosopie [sic], evangielio [sic] domini yhesu christi. Et pauperibus euangielizis [sic] viris. [D]ixit Salamon sapienite. Capitulo VIIo. Deus dedit ... f. 2r [S]ecretorum primum est quod [per] virtutem quam contulit deus ... f. 34v ...vel [in] eius absentia Aqua Ardens. Et deo omnipotenti pariterque filio et spiritui sancto sit laus per infinita secula Amen. Explicit liber de consideratione quinte essentie omnium rerum transmutabilium pauperibus evangelicis viris erogatus nec non de famulatu philosphie evangelio yhesu christi.

2. ff. 34v-44v Ramon Lull, Ars operativa

f. 34v [C]um ego Raymundus Ilerde existens. Essen rogatus a quibusdam caris amicis ... f. 44v Item hoc sperma bibitum aleviat membra hominis aggravata. Explicit ars operativa magistri Raymundi.

3. ff. 44v-49r Miscellaneous alchemical receipts

f. 44v Capitulum optimum et excellentissimum opus auri potabilis pro medicina corporis humani et lapidis philosophalis super M[ercurium] Vi[uum] et convenit proprie regibus et principibus et aliis magnis dominis pro sanitate conseruanda. Recipe ygitur in nomine yhesu christi de sole purificato bene ... f. 46r ... et melior pro corpore humano quam quod supradictum est ... Ecce lapisdis [sic] discriptio ... [A]udiant secreti et dillectissimi que loquor verba oris mei. Spiritus ubi vult spirat ... f. 47v ... Ibeo hoc secretum in puteo penitentie reducatur etc. Benedictus omnipotens qui cuncta creavit. Amen ... Alia aqua medicinalis philosophica. Capitulum aque medicinalis philosophicae et divine vera substantia ... f. 49r ... certe nobilitat id circo vobis tamquam et cetra. Explicit secretum aquae divinae.

4. ff. 49r-51r Frater Elias, vade mecum

f. 49r Incipit liber fratris Helie de composicione lapidis philosophalis qui liber intitulatur vade mecum. [Q]ueritis me et non invenietis ... f. 51r ... et tamquam c[o]agulum in lacte et fermentum in pasta et muscus in odore bono, etc.

5. ff. 51r-65v Miscellaneous receipts in Latin and Italian, numbered from 112 to 206

f. 52v-53r nos 130-133. Against plague. f. 54r-55v nos. 138-153. Herbal remedies. f. 55v-57v nos. 154-160. Virtues of stones. f. 64v Esplicit [sic] liber. Referamus Gratia[s]. christo. Amen. Nota lectore Como Io Maestro matio nominato dalla viola scrisi el dito libro de mia propria mano del 1453 adi. 17. hotore [? ottobre] Et aui la copia da uno cangeliero del duca borxo el qual ne faxeva uno gran conto per che lui lave con gran fadiga dale mano del marchexe lionelo (d'Este [1407-50]). f. 65v Questo libro sie de mi Matio barbiero Nominato dala viola ed aui la copia de uno libro che fo de la Illustrissima Signora del marchexe lionelo. Marchexe. de. Este. (Margarita d'Este [ -1439].).

Publication/Creation

1453

Physical description

1 volume 66 ll. (last bl.). 31 x 21 1/2 cm. Modern boards.

Acquisition note

Purchased 1933.

Ownership note

Phillipps MS. No. 910 & 2647, with the armorial Library stamp inside the upper cover.

Finding aids

Catalogue description modified in 2014. For original description, see 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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  • Italian


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