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Ms. Codex 1673 Clavicula Salomonis Regis
TitleClavicula Salomonis Regis
- Colorni, Abraham, approximately 1530- Colorni, Abraham, approximately 1530-
Other related names
- Rainsford, Charles, 1728-1809, former owner
- Northumberland, Hugh Percy, Duke of, 1742-1817, former owner
Call numberMs. Codex 1673
(Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, Rare Book & Manuscript Library)
- bibid: 6294358
PublisherThe University of Pennsylvania Libraries
LanguageLatin, with transliterated Hebrew words
- between 1750 and 1799
18th-century Latin copy of the Key of Solomon, a 16th-century magical handbook which includes instructions on subjects such as the conjuration of spirits (f. 11r), enchanting a piece of fruit with a love charm (f. 31v), extracting bat's blood (f. 104v), the preparation of ink, paper or parchment for magical practices (f. 105r), and the use of knives, swords, and wands (f. 96v). The text is divided into two books and contains a complete list of contents for each book (f. iii recto, 113r).
- Ms. codex.
- Title from title page (f. ii recto).
Extent121 leaves : 223 x 164 mm. bound to 233 x 170 mm
FoliationPaper, 121; [iv], 1-5, 7-37, [ii], 38-81, [i], 82-114; contemporary foliation in ink, upper right recto. Catchwords lower right corners. Folio 6 has been torn out resulting in a loss of text.
BindingContemporary quarter leather with the remains of silk ties.
Decorated title pages at the beginning of each book with yellow ink wash and an engraved frontispiece from an unidentified printed work pasted in (f. ii recto, 82r); 43 pen and ink pentacles with various magical symbols, words, and figures pasted onto red or yellow ink-washed pages; diagram of blades, lances, and wands to be used in ritual (f. 99r); partially ruled in red ink (f. 1r-28r).
- Formerly owned by Charles Rainsford (British army officer, fellow of the Royal Society, and alchemist); bequeathed by Rainsford to Hugh Percy, Second Duke of Northumberland.
- Owned by the 2nd through 12th Dukes of Northumberland, ms. 584, Alnwick Castle, Northumberland, 1809-2014 (bookplate, inside upper cover; stamps throughout).
- Sold at auction at Sotheby's (London), 15 July 2014, as part of Lot 411.
- Magic--Early works to 1800
- Occultism--Early works to 1800
- Manuscripts, Latin--18th century
- Manuscripts, European
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