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Ms. Codex 1264 Seals of the planets


Seals of the planets

Call number

Ms. Codex 1264
(Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, Rare Book & Manuscript Library)

Alternate identifiers


The University of Pennsylvania Libraries


German, with Latin and Hebrew


Written in Germany, in the late 16th century (Les Enluminures).
between 1575 and 1599?


A manual on talismans or seals, thought to help manifest the powers of the planets when created in metal or on parchment. For Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, and Saturn, as well as the Moon and Sun, there is a brief text accompanied by five seal faces (except in the case of the Moon, which has four). Three faces have esoteric zodiacal and planetary signs and names, some with Hebrew letters; the fourth has a magic square (array of numbers) associated with the planet; and the fifth has a careful ink drawing of the planet represented as a divinity in human form.



9 leaves : 200 x 162 mm. bound to 204 x 170 mm


Paper, i (modern paper) + 9; [1-9]; modern foliation in pencil, lower right recto.




Modern boards.


Small ink drawings of divinities associated with planets: Luna (f. 2r), Mars (f. 3r), Mercury (f. 4r), Jove (f. 5r), the Sun (f. 6v), Saturn (f. 9r), and Venus (f. 9r).


  • Written in a German cursive script.
  • Provenance

    Subjects topical



    Table of contents



    Front cover
    1100_0000.tif (70.1 MB)
    1100_0000_thumb.jpg (5.8 KB)
    1100_0000_web.jpg (497.5 KB)

    Inside front cover
    1100_0001.tif (70.1 MB)
    1100_0001_thumb.jpg (3.8 KB)
    1100_0001_web.jpg (329.5 KB)

    Flyleaf 1 recto
    1100_0002.tif (70.1 MB)
    1100_0002_thumb.jpg (3.5 KB)
    1100_0002_web.jpg (301.6 KB)

    Flyleaf 1 verso
    1100_0003.tif (70.1 MB)
    1100_0003_thumb.jpg (3.3 KB)
    1100_0003_web.jpg (293.6 KB)

    fol. 1r
    1100_0004.tif (70.1 MB)
    1100_0004_thumb.jpg (6.4 KB)
    1100_0004_web.jpg (386.5 KB)
    Section: De sigillo Lunae, f. 1r

    fol. 1v
    1100_0005.tif (70.1 MB)
    1100_0005_thumb.jpg (6.3 KB)
    1100_0005_web.jpg (379.4 KB)
    Decoration: Drawing, Seal, f. 1v

    fol. 2r
    1100_0006.tif (70.1 MB)
    1100_0006_thumb.jpg (4.7 KB)
    1100_0006_web.jpg (309.6 KB)
    Decoration: Drawing, Seal, f. 2r
    Decoration: Table, f. 2r

    fol. 2v
    1100_0007.tif (70.1 MB)
    1100_0007_thumb.jpg (6.1 KB)
    1100_0007_web.jpg (371.1 KB)
    Section: De sigillo Martis, f. 2v

    fol. 3r
    1100_0008.tif (70.1 MB)
    1100_0008_thumb.jpg (5.9 KB)
    1100_0008_web.jpg (348.4 KB)
    Decoration: Drawing, Seal, f. 3r
    Decoration: Table, f. 3r

    fol. 3v
    1100_0009.tif (70.1 MB)
    1100_0009_thumb.jpg (6.5 KB)
    1100_0009_web.jpg (379.6 KB)
    Section: De charactere Mercurii, f. 3v

    fol. 4r
    1100_0010.tif (70.1 MB)
    1100_0010_thumb.jpg (6.4 KB)
    1100_0010_web.jpg (376.4 KB)
    Decoration: Drawing, Seal, f. 4r
    Decoration: Table, f. 4r

    fol. 4v
    1100_0011.tif (70.1 MB)
    1100_0011_thumb.jpg (6.6 KB)
    1100_0011_web.jpg (380.6 KB)
    Section: Sigillum Jovis, f. 4v

    fol. 5r
    1100_0012.tif (70.1 MB)
    1100_0012_thumb.jpg (6.1 KB)
    1100_0012_web.jpg (355.7 KB)
    Decoration: Drawing, Seal, f. 5r
    Decoration: Table, f. 5r

    fol. 5v
    1100_0013.tif (70.1 MB)
    1100_0013_thumb.jpg (6.6 KB)
    1100_0013_web.jpg (388.4 KB)
    Section: De sigillo Solis, f. 5v

    fol. 6r
    1100_0014.tif (70.1 MB)
    1100_0014_thumb.jpg (6.8 KB)
    1100_0014_web.jpg (392.4 KB)

    fol. 6v
    1100_0015.tif (70.1 MB)
    1100_0015_thumb.jpg (6.3 KB)
    1100_0015_web.jpg (367.6 KB)
    Decoration: Drawing, Seal, f. 6v
    Decoration: Table, f. 6v

    fol. 7r
    1100_0016.tif (70.1 MB)
    1100_0016_thumb.jpg (7.0 KB)
    1100_0016_web.jpg (406.4 KB)
    Section: Sigillum Veneris, f. 7r

    fol. 7v
    1100_0017.tif (70.1 MB)
    1100_0017_thumb.jpg (6.9 KB)
    1100_0017_web.jpg (388.9 KB)
    Decoration: Drawing, Seal, f. 7v
    Decoration: Table, f. 7v

    fol. 8r
    1100_0018.tif (70.1 MB)
    1100_0018_thumb.jpg (6.8 KB)
    1100_0018_web.jpg (399.5 KB)
    Section: De sigillo Saturni, f. 8r

    fol. 8v
    1100_0019.tif (70.1 MB)
    1100_0019_thumb.jpg (6.1 KB)
    1100_0019_web.jpg (359.5 KB)
    Decoration: Drawing, Seal, f. 8v
    Decoration: Table, f. 8v

    fol. 9r
    1100_0020.tif (70.1 MB)
    1100_0020_thumb.jpg (4.4 KB)
    1100_0020_web.jpg (300.9 KB)
    Decoration: Drawing, Seal, f. 9r
    Decoration: Table, f. 9r

    fol. 9v
    1100_0021.tif (70.1 MB)
    1100_0021_thumb.jpg (3.7 KB)
    1100_0021_web.jpg (293.9 KB)

    Inside back cover
    1100_0022.tif (70.1 MB)
    1100_0022_thumb.jpg (3.1 KB)
    1100_0022_web.jpg (295.3 KB)

    Back cover
    1100_0023.tif (70.1 MB)
    1100_0023_thumb.jpg (6.5 KB)
    1100_0023_web.jpg (551.3 KB)

    1100_0024.tif (70.1 MB)
    1100_0024_thumb.jpg (2.7 KB)
    1100_0024_web.jpg (104.9 KB)