Clavis absconditoria

c. 1890
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MSS. [sic] ancien, traduit du latin, figures récopieés par Hesed. Illustrated with 13 circular pen-drawn symbolic figures in red and black: text in red and black. The title and a note on the MS. are by the hand of Albert Poisson [1868-1894]. He describes it as: 'Symboles et schèmes d'alchimie et de Kabbale se rapprochent beaucoup comme genre et terminologie des 'Secrètes figures du Rose-Croix' Altona. 1785. 'Mais les pentacles et le texte sont entièrement différents. C'est l'ideé, c'est l'enseignement qui semblent être du même origine (Rosicrucienne).' A pencilled note on the verso of the last leaf written by the translator, appears to accuse a certain M. Marzorati of having stolen the original vellum MS.


c. 1890

Physical description

1 volume 15 ff. + 13 bl. ll. 8vo. 20 x 141/2 cm. Unbound.

Acquisition note

Purchased at Sotheby's (Hauser Sale), 18/4/1934, Lot 453 (part).

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).

Ownership note

From the Library of Lionel Hauser of Paris, with his press-mark label 'L.H. 61 bis.'


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  • 66638F