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Alchemy: 16th cent.

c. 1510
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Collection of extracts from alchemical authors, alchemical processes, chemical and medical receipts, receipts for making artificial gems, etc.: Headings and many marginal notes in red, illustrated with numerous rough pen-drawings, mostly in red, of alchemical apparatus. The date 1506 is given at the end of a receipt for 'Vitriolum Romanum' on fol. 28v. Some of the marginal notes seem to be by a different and rather later 16th cent. hand. The first and last leaves are pasted down on the covers. On the second leaf is written 'Doct[oris] Anonimi'. Inside the upper cover 'No. 10. Johannes Keirast [?] Ma[gister?] P[harmaciae?]', in a 16th cent. hand.


c. 1510

Physical description

1 volume 2 ll. + 145 ff. + 1 l. 4to. 211/2 x 16 cm. 16th cent. German stamped leather binding, the outer border roller-stamped, with a design of three repeated half-length figures lettered 'Carol', 'Ferdin', 'Andrea', the lower cover also lettered 'Register'.

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Purchased 1930.

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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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