Collection ID: 0002 | Metadata type: TEI
Ms. Codex 119 Of the great mysterie of antimonie
TitleOf the great mysterie of antimonie
- Suchten, Alexander von, ca. 1520-1590
- Figulus, Benedictus, fl. 1587-1607
Other related names
- Teynton, Edmund, former owner
- Winthrop, Thomas, former owner
- Tainter, Charles M, former owner
- Breuchaud, I. R, former owner
Call numberMs. Codex 119
(Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, Rare Book & Manuscript Library)
- bibid: 1580535
PublisherThe University of Pennsylvania Libraries
Alchemical work by Alexander von Suchten (f. 6r-160v; ms. say "van," not "von"). Translated directly from the German edition of Michael Toxites (Strassbourg, 1570). Also contains an alchemical work by Benedictus Figulus, The golden and blessed pandora of the great mysteries in nature holding forth the revelation of ... Hermes Tresmegistus, interpreted by Theophrastus Paracelsus. Whereunto is annexed the elucidation of it, of ... Alexander van Suchten (f. 165r-292r). This is a translation of the original published in Strassbourg in 1608.
- Ms. codex.
- Title from title page (f. 6r).
- Title of second work from f. 165r. This work was published in Strassbourg in 1608 with the Latin title, Pandora magnalium naturalium aurea et benedicta, de benedicto lapidus philosoph[orum] mysterio. An English translation of this work was published (London: J. Elliott, 1893) under the title, A golden and blessed casket of nature's marvels.
- First work, incipit and explicit: (f. 6r) [preface] Courteous reader, I thought good, to let you understand ... (f. 150r) read it with judgement, before hee judgeth them. For hee that judgeth indiscreetly, will have the worst of it. Fare well. [There follows and alphabetical "register of the contents," f. 151r-160v.].
- Second work, incipit and explicit: (f. 165r) [preface] Most honorable gentlemen; In the course of my studyes ... (f. 292r) with Sol and lune, attayneth unto the mysterie. Finis.
- From Zacour-Hirsch: "A letter from the Mass. Hist. Soc. indicates that this ms. may be in the handwriting of John Winthrop, Jr. (1606-1676)" This letter has not been located.
- Forms part of: Edgar F. Smith Memorial Collection.
WatermarkContains the letters ICO.
Extent296 leaves : 189 x 150 (161 x 114) mm. bound to 195 x 155 mm
FoliationPaper, 296; [1-296]; modern foliation in pencil, upper right recto.
Collation[v], A-Z², AA-RR², 2, A-Z², AA-II², [iv].
SignaturesFirst two folios of each quire signed A1, A2 ... etc. The system begins anew with the second text, f. 165. No catchwords.
BindingCalf over pasteboards, with pastedowns from a contemporary printed Bible (printer's waste). English, 18th century. Spine is split, and the codex is completely broken in half between f. 150 and 151 (i.e., between quires OO and PP of the first section). Quire PP is pulling loose. Leather of cover splitting at the upper hinge. Slight water damage to some of the leaves.
- Formerly owned by Edmund Teynton, 18th century (f. 6r); sold by Thomas Winthrop, New London (f. 5v), to Charles M. Tainter, Colchester, Conn., 1868 (f. 5v, 6r); I. R. Breuchaud, 1902 (f. 1r).
- Alchemy--Early works to 1800
- Antimony--Early works to 1800
- Manuscripts, English--17th century
- Manuscripts, European
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Decoration: Owner note, f. 5v
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Decoration: Owner note, f. 6r