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Alchemy
COLLECTION OF ALCHEMICAL AND MEDICAL TEXTS AND RECIPES. [SOUTHERN GERMANY, PERHAPS AUGSBURG, C. 1690]
folio (205 x 310mm,), manuscript in several hands in German, Italian, and Latin, in black and brown ink with red ruling and headings, with 6 pages of finely executed diagrams including of alchemical furnaces, 218pp. with pp.89-104 and 196-212 blank, plus 23 later blank leaves inserted (at time of binding) between text leaves and illustrations (on pp.213-218), traces of seals, early twentieth-century black shagreen binding with gilt cornerpieces and clasps with a small velvet-lined reliquary set into hinged centrepiece, traces of gilt edges, some marginal paper repairs, a few small wormholes at front, occasional damp-staining, binding slightly rubbed, lacking two (of 3) clasps
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An extensive seventeenth-century alchemical manuscript, containing over 170 different recipes, mostly alchemical but also including some medical receipts, and with extracts from various alchemical works, by Ramon Lull, Bernardo of Treviso, Marcello Palingeni and Arnaldo de Villanova (though a lengthy section of the transcription of Villanova's Rosarium philosophorum has been removed, pp.89-104, now replaced with blanks).

The alchemical recipes for the most part treat of transubstantiation, involving gold, silver, mercury and antimony, the purification of the metals, and the processes relating to alloys. There are also practical applications of chemical processes including the manufacture of dyes and pigments and "malleable glass".

The medical receipts, interspersed with the alchemical material, are taken from published works such as Theophrastus and from demonstrations such as for the treatment of gout held in Augsburg in 1690.

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