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Ms. Codex 502 Kurze Beschreibung von Verfertigung einer Essentia dulcis, nebst zwei von ihr entsprungenden Medicamenten, nehmlich: des schwarzen Pulvers und des sogenanten Balsami mineralis
TitleKurze Beschreibung von Verfertigung einer Essentia dulcis, nebst zwei von ihr entsprungenden Medicamenten, nehmlich: des schwarzen Pulvers und des sogenanten Balsami mineralis
- Kleinfeld, Christian Ernest
Call numberMs. Codex 502
(Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, Rare Book & Manuscript Library)
- bibid: 1580934
PublisherThe University of Pennsylvania Libraries
LanguageGerman, with 10 leaves containing prescriptions in Latin and German, and a few leaves with notes in English
Germany or United States
A description of a so-called "essentia dulcis," or gold tincture, a secret remedy which was purported to be derived from pure gold, and of two preparations derived from it, "black powder" and "mineral balsam." Their history, composition, and medicinal applications are given. The invention of the "essentia dulcis" has been ascribed to the physician Christian Friedrich Richter (1676-1711) of Halle, who is mentioned in the text; there are also references to the Königsberg medical faculty and to the Collegium medicum at Berlin. Bound in with the above tract are the following additions written in various hands at about the same time: 10 leaves containing medical prescriptions in Latin and German; 5 leaves, one containing diary entries in English, dated 1814-1815; 121 leaves of prayers, hymns, etc. in German; and 5 leaves containing accounts in English, dated 1812-1813, f. 172-174 appear to have been torn out.
- Ms. codex.
- Title supplied by cataloger (Zacour-Hirsch).
Extent179 leaves : 164 x 100 (151 x 90) mm. bound to 168 x 115 mm
FoliationPaper, 179; [1-179]; modern foliation in ink, upper right recto.
BindingContemporary parchment, damaged on lower cover.
- Sold by Ida W. Schuman, ca. 1960s.
- Devotional literature, German
- Medicine--Formulae, receipts, prescriptions
- Manuscripts, German--18th century
- Manuscripts, English--19th century
- Manuscripts, European
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