(2) Acquired by the present owner in America.
It opens with Hermes Trismegistus, De transmutatione metallorum (also named Secreta and De salibus et corporibus) which deals with the qualities of metals, their transubstantiation into each other and their kinship with the seven planets, according to the scheme Sun-gold, Moon-silver, Mars-iron, Jupiter-tin, Saturn-lead, Mercury-mercury, Venus-copper: Thorndike-Kibre 1112/12 (fols.9r-12v); followed by substantial excerpts from Taddeo Alderotti (1223-95, master of medicine at the university of Bologna, and the initiator of the scientific study of the distillation of alcohols), De virtutibus: Thorndike-Kibre 121/11 (fols.13r-39r); Arnaldus de Villanova, Epistola de sanguine: Thorndike-Kibre 1310/7 (fols.39r-46r, ending with item 376 here), followed by 75 other recipes (predominantly medical, including several for the plague); Petrus Hispanus, Liber de aquis: Thorndike-Kibre 1328/9 (fols.51r-61v, from item 453 here to 586); Arnaldus de Villanova, Epistola de sanguine humano ad magistrum Iacobum de Toleto: Thorndike-Kibre 842/2 (fols.61v-63r); 443 practical recipes for treating leathers, preparing wax, as well as various types of plant and animal glue, dyes, inks, soaps, metals, counterfeiting precious stones (fols.63r-95v); and remedies against the plague (fols.96r-100r), which focus on the need for hygiene to stop the spread of the disease. All of these are preceeded by an alphabetical index directing the reader to relevant sections of the book.
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