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MS. 201.
iv + 68 + viii pages. 172x108mm. 18th Century. In French.
Le petit Médicin Botaniste portatif. Recueil tres intéressant et utile de Secrets, Recettes et Remedes, propres à la Santé, et à d'autres usages journaliers. Paris l'an 1792, Le 4. de la Liberté, le 1er de l'Egalité.
[Inscribed on first leaf]: "Recuelli par le Sr Colliette de froqueville homme de loi en 1792."
[At end 8 page table of contents.]
[See also MSS. 185, 186, 187, 188 and 200.]


MS. 202. [Same binding as MS.203.]
42 folios. 200x168mm. 18th Century. In German.
Sonnenblume der Weisen/ das ist Eine helle und klare Vorstellung der Präparirung des Philosophischen Steins/ Neben bestrafung derjenigen, welche sich ohne Grund hierinnen bemühen, wie auch eine Wohlmeinende Warnung/ Jn was vor Materien man sich hierinnen zu hüten, indem die Autorin ihre selbst eigene Thorheiten, so sie in ungegründeten Arbeiten begangen, aller Welt vor Augen stellet. Zum öffentlichen Druck Afflictionibus triumphante. Nunmehrs zum andern mal in deutscher Sprache gedrucht Jm Jahre Christi 1755.
[It has been suggested that this work was written by Jane Lead under the pseudonym "Leona Constantia" and published in 1704.]
[In Dr. E. Schubert's handwriting.]
[See MS. 46.]


MS. 203. [Same binding as MS.202.]
4 + 83 pages. 200x168mm. 18th Century. In German.
Historia Philosophiae Hermeticae nach Alphabetischer Ordnung zusammen getragert von C.J.D.
[Alphabetical list of alchemical writers with short biographies and in some cases a listing of their works.]


MS. 204.
72 folios. 206x164mm. 18th Century. In English.
On Hermetic Philosophy.
[Part of a treatise on the history of Hermetic Philosophy. The manuscript begins in the middle of chapter XXIII and continues till XXXV, with chapters on Albertus Magnus, Arnauld of Villeneuve, Raymond Lulle, Pope John XXII, John de Rupescipa, Nicholas Flamel, John Cremer, Basile Valentin, Isaac Holland, Bernard of Trevisan.]


MS. 205.
ii + 86 + ii folios, on vellum. 221x152mm. 16th Century. In English.
f1-33v The Theoricke parte of the extraction of the Quintessence of Raymonde Lullii, otherwise called the Mirror of Light of Roger Bacon.
f33v-54v Incipit secundus liber de generalibus remediis.
f54v Here endeth the secund boke the whiche is callid the general remedies agens diverse infirmities. And here bigynneth the third boke of the werkes of alkymye with his chapitres all here foloweng.
f71r Explicit semita secundum Albertum in Alkamia.
[Compare with MS. Sloane 353.]
f71v Hic incipit opus bonefactii 14 cum sequentibus capitulis albis et rubiis.
f75v-86 [Various recipes in English beginning "For to purge Jubiter".]
[Ornamental initial letters to paragraphs in blue and red. Text in fine legible hand.]
[At end f86]: "finis 15 [...]"
[On f 86, "Dekyngstone whose Booke of fower score leaves and fyve and a halfe this is". This is likely to be Edmund Dickinson see MSS. Sloane 1842, 2170, 3630, 3758, 3762, MS. Ashmole 1452 and manuscript in Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica.]
[For full description see N.R. Ker, Medieval MSS in British Libraries, vol. 2 (1977) pp.894-5.]


MS. 206.
36 folios. 198x156mm. 17th Century. In English.
The eight Chapter of ye Lilie Rose Bud of Quirinus Kuhlmanus.
[Probably a translation of a section from Quirin Kuhlman's Neubegeisterter Böhme, Leiden 1674.]

MS. 207.
57 folios. 198x150mm. 18th Century. In Latin.
Brevis Tractatus de Chiroscopia, seu Chiromancia. Leitovi.


MS. 208.
iii + 77 folios. 205x160mm. 17th Century. In Latin.
[Coronatio Naturae]
[72 pen and watercolour illustrations with Latin titles.]
f iii Scientia haec potius divina quam humana est, quod in hac reluceant Christianae fidei Misteria. Si verÆ consideremus substantiam, facile similitudinem quandam sanctissimae trinitatis perspiciemus (si ita loqui licet) neque enim res creatas Creatoris comparare fas est. In hac, Imago quaedam deprehenditur incarnationis salvatoris n[ost]ri, mortis, et resurrectionis, ad caelosque Ascensionis euis.
[Coloured diagram of a furnace on folded sheet of paper is inserted between f iii and f1.]
f1 [Banner at top]: "Prudentia non fortuna."
[Circular figure with some text in middle.]
f2 [Banner at top]: "Astrologia terrestris."
[Figure of sun surrounded by six other planets and signs of zodiac.]
[Banner below]: "Sphaera."
f3 [Banner at top]: "Angelorum Opus Auctore Hermete Philosophorum peritessimo."
[First figure of the Crowning of Nature series.]
f3-71 [67 figures of Crowning of Nature series some in wrong order, though correctly numbered.]
f71 [Figure of flask in furnace entitled in banner "Athanor".]
[At bottom]: "Qui Omnia possidet nulla re Deinceps complementum opus habet."
f72 [Figure of scholar seated with book and surrounded by banners with "Quies", "Prudentia", "Scientia", "Opes", "Honores", "Pietas", "Liberalitas", "Sanitas", and "Omnia dii laboribus vendunt".]
f73 [King seated on throne holding out orb and sceptre. From his heart six red beams emanate and shine on to six courtiers cloathed only in a cloak showing the symbol of a planet. At the bottom a substance burns in a crucible and smoke arises. This picture is entitled in a banner "Projectio".]
[On f77v]: "Recapitulatio totius magisterii per Raymundum Lullium."
[13 lines, in Latin, stated to have been taken from a French manuscript, with the date 1603.]
[See also MSS Ferguson 8, 110, 155, 230, 237, 245 and 253.]


MS. 209.
107 folios, on vellum. 194x140mm. 15/16th Century. In Latin.
f3-39 Tractatus urinarum Isaac translatus a quonstantino africano [Constantinus Africanus] in latinam linguam.
[Isaac Judeus [Ishak ibn Sulaiman al-Israil], Omnia Opera Ysaac, 1515.]
f39v Incipiunt uersus Egidii de urinis.
[Various recipes and medical notes.]
[For full description see N.R. Ker Medieval MSS in British Libraries, vol. 2 (1977) pp.895-6.]
[Old armorial bookstamp "Comes donatus silvat" stamped on flyleaf.]


MS. 210.
102 folios. 365x230mm. 18th Century. In English.
f1-67 Here beginnethe the Book of the Rosary of the Philosophers most diligently compiled and brought into one volume.
f67 [At end]: "Finis. In Lubeck the 24th day of the moneth of October in the yeer of our Lord 1588."
[Translation into English of the Rosarium Philosophorum probably from De Alchimia Opuscula complura veterum philosophorum...Francoforti ex officina Cyriaci Jacobi, Francofurti, 1550. The 20 watercoloured drawings copies of the original woodcuts have been made on separate pieces of paper and pasted onto the folios. They are finely executed and have a liberal use of gold and silver inks. All are square, set within a ruled border in gold ink.]
[See also MSS. 6, 29, 74, 96 and 149.]
f68 The Making of Gold and the Golden Fleece of John Aurel Augurell a poet of Ariminium.
[See Giovanni Aurelio Augurello, Chrysopoeia et vellus aureum, Genevae, 1639.]


MS. 211.
36 folios. 343x215mm. 18th Century. In French.
f2 [p1-48] Memoires Chimiques de George Triplanus Anglois. Par Nicolas Bernard Philosophe Chimiste Erffurd Joh. Birkner 1614.
f26 [p1-11] Traite de Georges Triplan du Mercure et du la pierre des sages.
f34 [In different hand] Procede veritable et experimente pour teincture La Lune en fin Sol...
[Bookplate of F.G. Irwin "No. 22." Same binding as MSS. 214, 218, 223 and 227.]
[See George Ripley, Chymische Schriften, edited Barnaud, Erfurt, Birckner, 1624.]

MS. 212.
240 folios. 303x242mm. 18th Century. In French.
Traité de l'Art de fabriquer la Poudre à canon.
[Treatise on making gunpowder. There is inserted a number of pages from a printed book on the subject, with manuscript notes in margins.]


MS. 213.
viii + 250 folios. 320x200mm. Late 16th Century. In German.
fi-4v Philips Müller Anno etc. 1593: Ich hette michs in höchster warheit nicht versehn, was mire durch vntrewe Pflichtvergeßener Leuth ist geschehen.
[Note at top of f1]: "Hic liber dono datus est mihi den 23. Martii 1718 ab eminentissimo et Celsissimo Principi et Electore Moguntino Lotharo Francisco..."
[Note at foot of f1 in the same hand]: "Dr. Güth Archiater Moguntinus est huius libri possessor".
[Notes on alchemy with marginal references to biblical texts.]
fv [Notes.]
f1-250 Der Erste Tractat deß Ersten Buches, Welcher leheret die Praeparation etlicher Vegetabilischer Sachen in der Alchÿmÿa gebreüchlich, vndt heltt in sich Nachfolgende Capitel vndt Proces. Das Erste Capitel von den Praeparationibus des Spiritus vini, vndt andere ding die auß dem Wein praeparirt werden
[See Philipp Müller, Miracula chymica et misteria medicina, Freiburg, 1611.]


MS. 214.
9 folios. 363x253mm. 18th Century. In French.
Vade-Mecum Philosophique ou Breve introduction au champ de la sagesse renfermant (sic) les arcanes de la plus secrette Philosophie ensanent les fils de Doctrine par Philalethe. [Eirenaeus Philalethes.]
[Bookplate of F.G. Irwin "No. 24." Same binding as MSS. 211, 218, 223 and 227.]


MS. 215.
138 folios. 382x244mm. 18th Century. In English.
[Ephraim Rinhold Seehl.]
A short treatise upon the art and mystery of making of copperas.


MS. 216.
108 pages. 355x215mm. 17th Century. In English.
[Treatise on alchemy by Humphrey Lock.]
p1-6 [Dedicatory verse to Lord Sir William Cecill, Lord of Burleige, Knight of the Order and high Treasurer of England.]
p7-80 [Alchemical treatise in 33 chapters.]
p81-87 "I have also hereunto added certaine abbreviations in meter, which I had drawne out long before I began this book..."
['Of Ferment' and 'Ripleis Castle' in verse.]
p87 [In margin]: "The worke of women and ye play of Children".
[Extract from a work beginning at chapter 15 and finishing at Chapter 17.]
[At end p90.]: "This former treatise was written out of an ancient booke by Actam a doctor dwelling in the famous citie of Lipsia, which ancient booke doth belong sometimes to Carolus the fourth Emperour of the Romans, out of which booke hee did cause our Stone to bee wrought and did most perfectly accomplish it, who also did build many churches, collegiate and cathedral and hospitalls. Finis. Womens worke and Childrens play."
[Note in margin]: "[...] 1s day of Aprill 1614."
p91 The Standing of that glasse for the time of the putrifaction and congelation of the Medicine by H.L.
p92 Here followe the Sawes of Philosophie, that is privie and of truth thereof our philosophical Stone hath noe proper name but is called by diverse names etc.
f97 To Calcine true [...].
f99 Hereafter followeth a Ball for Alkamists to play withall.
f100 The sublimation of Sal Armoniack for the Redd tincture following.
f101 Here followeth the quintaeccentie of Antimonye.
f102 Out of the Booke of the Redd workes.
f106 A note how to make Ressin the Stones of Arabia called Lapis Tintall, whereof Borax is made, the which Gouldsmiths use.
f107 To make artificial pearls.
[At end]: "Probatum est H.L."
[See British Library MS. Sloane 299.]


MS. 217.
8 folios. 321x214mm. Late 16th Century. In French.
L'Hermes francois auquell est contenu tout ce quest necessaire a la parfaite cognoissance de la philosofie spagirique. [Verse.]
[Incomplete. Breaks off at end of f8.]
[Dated on elaborate initial letter of first folio]: "1588".
[Phillips Ms. 4383.]


MS. 218.
13 folios. 311x195mm. 18th Century. In French.
Petit traite sur les jours philosophiques.
[Note added on f1 in different hand]: "very beautiful French manuscript on the 'Secret of Secrets Tree of Knowledge' V.V."
f6v Suplement de Grosparmy, Vicot et Valoir.
[In margin]: "La pratique Ecrite est le miroir de la verite grosparmy".
[Notes from book with references to page numbers. A number of references to 'Raimond' i.e. Raimon Lull.]
f7 ['Lullist' drawing of heptagon inside circle with letters and various alchemical correspondences.]
[Two other small pen drawings in the margins of the text.]
[There are two folios in a different hand and a paper added at the end entitled]: "Extraits des autres du Pere Lanin Jesuite Espagnole."
[Bookplate of F.G. Irwin "No. 19." Same binding as MSS. 211, 214, 223 and 227.]


MS. 219.
60 folios. 303x226mm. 17th Century. In German.
f2 [Very finely executed drawing in ink. Portrait of Paracelsus, probably coped from a copperplate engraving.]
f3-11 Philippi Theophrastus Paracelsi, Arcana Arcanorum Arcanissima, quae Theophastus Junior manu propria elaboravit, et in suo Manuali posteritati reliquit, Anno Christi 1546. Hocce Manuscriptum in Monasterio Patrum Ordinis St Benedicti Erfurtensi, inter Cimelia asservatur rarissima.
f12 [Drawing in ink, portrait of Johann Arndt, probably copied from a copperplate engraving.]
f13 Des hatte keinen Cörper nicht, und war in Paradiesse....
der erden Doctor Johann Arndt.
f14-20r Diese handschrift hat dem hoch berümten Herrn, freyherrn Henrico Heldio von Winterstein,....Anthonius à Terra Ritter von Oriente A.C.R.C. London den 20 August 1606. [Solomon's Seal and Cross below name.]
f16r [Pen drawing (of Anthonius à Terra ?) in style of copperplate engraving.]
f20v-25 Abraham von Franckenberg eines Schlesischen Reitters, besonderer Process von dem Thau des Himmels.
[Notes from von Franckenberg by Antonius à Terra.]
f26-60 Schreibwürdiger und Nie vorhin geschener Probir Stein der Güldenen Nathur., welcher unterschiedliche geheime Chÿmische, Wunder zum bewehrlichstem hervorgebracht aus Serti Monte 1669.


MS. 220.
31 folios. 280x205mm. 18th Century. In French.
Science Hermetique ou La Pierre Philozophale. Text de Solidonius Philosophe enrichi de ses figures hieroglifiques Tirées des Egiptiens avec leur explication.
[18 full page watercolour drawings in the text. See Bibliothèque de l'Arsenal MS. 973 Solidonius, Figurarum Aegyptiorum Secretarum, Bibliothèque Nationale MS. Français 14765, Livre des figures hiéroglyphiques, and M.P. Hall MS. 216. See also C.G. Jung, Psychology and Alchemy and Mysterium Coniunctionis where he illustrates a similar manuscript in his own collection.]
[See also MSS. 130 and 326.]
f5 [Figure 1. Knight stands holding flag and shield.]
f7 [Figure 2. Winged mermaid at centre of the drawing holding a chalice with a serpent. The four elements are represented at the corners of the page.]
f10 [Figure 3. A column rises from the bottom of the page with caduceus made of intertwined snakes, to the left and right respectively stand a pelican biting its breast and a Phoenix. The King and Queen stand to the left and right of a further caduceus of snakes just above the column. This caduceus has an open space within which is a double headed eagle.]
f13 [Figure 4. A King and Queen stand in a basin or cup from which a long column crowned at the top rises up with two snakes entwined around it. Seven figures representing the classical planetary gods are arrayed around this scene.]
f14v [Figure 5. A King and a Bishop have become fused together. They have a head each but only one body, a pair of arms and two legs. The King side on the left holds a battle axe. Their robe is divided horizontally - yellow under the king head, and white under the Bishop head.]
f15v [Figure 6. Two men, the one on the left in green the other on the right in yellow clothing, undress a male (or possibly female) figure.]
f16v [Figure 7. A horse moves from the right to the left. It defecates on the ground.]
f17v [Figure 8. A King on the left in white robe, reaches out his right hand and holds the left hand of a Queen in a green dress to the right.]
f18v [Figure 9. Similar figure to the fifth picture, except that the robes of the King and Bishop are white and black, and their feet are in the opposite colour to the robe. This time both sides of the composite figure hold sceptres.]
f19v [Figure 10. Now we see the double King/Bishop figure has separated into two figure each of whose robes are half black/ half white. The Bishop is on the left with his robe white on the left black on the right, whilt the King on the right and his robe is black on the left and white on the right. Their feet are coloured opposite to the half of the robe above.]
f20v [Figure 11. The Bishop and King have again fused but now the robe is of a uniform black and their feet are now both white. The two hands are clasped together at the waist.]
f21v [Figure 12. A King/ Bishop on the left in a black robe, reaches out and embraces round the waist a Queen in a green robe.]
f22v [Figure 13. Again we see a strange double figure but here the two heads have fused together and wear only one crown. Their robe is black on the left and white on the right, and each half also has large green, red and yellow dots.]
f23v [Figure 14. A King on the left and a Queen on the right both in white robes, hold between them a green leaved plant with a golden yellow flower. The king also holds a green sceptre in in other hand.]
f24v [Figure 15. A King dressed in white, holding a green sceptre in his right hand. In his other hand he holds a sceptre with a Moon cresent and solar disc topped with a green star.]
f25v [Figure 16. Similar to figure 14 except that the King is in a brown robe and the Queen in a green dress. The plant they hold between them is now a golden yellow in its stem leaves and flower, and only its root section is in green.]
f26v [Figure 17. A King in a brown robe holds a flag bearing the image of the sun in his left hand, opposite to that of the knight in the first figure.]
f28r [Figure 18. A naked man stands upon a winged globe and holds in his right hand a pair of scales, the left pan being green and the right brown.]


MS. 221.
65 folios. 310x200mm. 17th Century. In French.
f1-9 [Unidentifiable section.]
f11 Ce Chapitre contient beaucoup de sorte de carmens et vers tant en Latin quen Franchois et aultres passages dignes de schauoir.
[f13, 15v, 16-19 contain verses or pieces of text which contain a hidden message, the letters constituting this message being capitalised.]
f20 Ce Chapitre contient beaucoup de beaulx exemples et escripts dignes destre leuz et annotez et premieres.
f23 Ce Chapitre contient toute sorte de sciences et subtilites...
f33 Ce Chapitre contient diverse sortes de sciences pour la noureiture...
f40 Histoire tragique et admirable d'une princese d'albanie.
f59 Ce Chapitre contient diverses sortes de scienses et Beaux secrets pour apprehendre ... diverses belles couleures.


MS. 222.
34 folios. 288x217mm. 16th and 17th Centuries. In Latin and French.
[An early 16th Century manuscript in Latin is inlaid in larger folios, interspersed with translation into French of 17th century.]
f1-5 [Blank.]
f5v [6 pages from a printed book entitled "La Chymie" with a list of alchemical symbols have been glued onto the folio.]
f6r [Signature]: "Biberel."
f6v Medicina mea solum composita.
[There are 12 small watercoloured drawings in the original Latin text. This is the series of the Praetiosissimum Donum Dei in the version similar to that used as the basis for the engraved version in Mylius, J.D. Anatomia Auri, Frankfurt, 1628. See also MSS. 112, 113, 148, 248, 270 and 292.]
f7 [Figure 1. The heads of a King and Queen on the left and right respectively face towards a flask in the centre. This flask contains a green liquid and five flowers grow out of its neck. Around the heads are set circular banners bearing text. A text above states "Medicina mea solum composita". ]
f9 [Figure 2. The naked King and Queen are now seen within the flask standing on a green liquid. Out of the neck of the flask grow three white flowers. The text around the flask is "Eamus quesitum quatuor ellementorum naturas quas de ventre terrae fornace adducent."]
f11 [Figure 3. The King and Queen are seen coupling on the surface of a blue liquid in the flask. There are 4 black globes set in a square around them. From the neck of the flask a spray of flowers is seen. The text around the flask is "Ex quatuor ellementis iste lapis compositus est".]
f13 [Figure 4. The coupling King and Queen are now sunk down into the layer of liquid which is now turned black, and there has separated off two lighter layers which float on top of the black layer. At the open neck of the flask a greyish crow perches with its wings outstretched. The text around the flask is "Caput Corvi similiter est necessarium. Putrefactio Philosophorum. Nigredo Transparens".]
f15 [Figure 5. The flask is shown with a black layer of liquid and another clear layer on top, but the King and Queen are no longer to be seen. From the neck of the flask emerge three birds. The text around the flask is "Caput Corvi vestis tenebrosa".]
f17 [Figure 6. Within a black layer at the bottom of the flask a naked man stands with various serpents within the liquid. From the neck of the flask two birds emerge on top of which stands a green dragon tinged with red. The text is "Caput corvi".]
f19 [Figure 7. The flask now bears only a black liquid. Above at the neck of the flask are seen three winged forms - A winged star in the middle between a winged Sun and winged Moon. The text is "Olleum Philosophorum".
f21 [Figure 8. Now the black layer in the flask has floating upon it a more transparent layer. Standing in the centre is the green dragon tinged with red which we saw in figure 6. There are no symbols at the open neck of the flask. The text is "Sulphur Philosophorum".]
f23 [Figure 9. The black layer on the flask has split into two - a mottled grey layer sunk further down to the bottom, while the bulk of the flask is filled with a transparent liquid. Drops of liquid are seen in the upper neck region of the flask. At the open neck a white bird stands holding a green branch in its beak. The text has "Sulphur philosophorum Domus tenebrosa".]
f25 [Figure 10. Within the flask the mottled gray liquid has risen to half fill it. In this we see the head of a green dragon its tongue tinged with red. At the neck of the flask stands a peacock, its tail displayed, while to its left and right two white birds try to fly into the flask, their necks being within the neck. The text has "Cinis Cinerum".]
f27 [Figure 11. We return to the same form as the first figure, a flask set in the middle of two banners of text. Within the flask is a moon disc bearing a crown. While around the neck of the flask are five stars. The text above states "Rosa Alba".]
f29 [Figure 12. Again we have the flask set within two banners of text, however now they have unrolled somewhat. Within the flask is the head of a crowned king, and the text above states "Rosa Rubea".]
[The original Latin folios are numbered 1-12.]

MS. 223.
43 folios. 320x210mm. 18th Century. In French.
f1 [Title added later]: "The Union of Antimony with Gold, given by some state Prisoner at Marseilles in France 1719."
f2 Secret pour donner l'Antimoine à l'Or.
f5 Pour la Glorification de
f6-8 [Notes from a French work on Astrology. Extracts or summaries of chapters 28,31,37.]
f9-16 de l'Astrologie judiciaire regardée comme suspecte et déffendue par les Anciens.
f17-41 [Fragmentary text in French, section lost at beginning. Numbered as pages 23-95.
[At end] : "Les procédes depuis la page 6 jusquà la page 49 inclusivement sont tirés mot pour de l'ouvrage allemand de Kellner intitulé: Aerarium Chymicum, Leipsic 1708."
[See Kellner, David. Wohlangerichtes Ærarium Chymicum Antiquo-Novum, oder Alt-erneuert und reichlichst vermehrte Chymische Schatzkammer..., Leipsig, 1702.]
f42-43 Tables Cabalistiques Arithmetiques par le moyen de quelles quelques....Par Mr A.E*** ... Paris 1745.
[Bookplate of F.G. Irwin "No. 23". Same binding as MSS. 211, 214, 218, 227.]


MS. 224.
58 folios. 331x199mm. 18th Century. In German.
Das Geheime Werck der Hermetischen Philosophie worrinen die natürlichen und künstlichen Geheimnüsse der materie des Philosophischen Steins, wie auch die art und Weise zu arbeiten richtig und ordentlich offenbahret sind von Joannes d'Espagnet, anagram e in u mutatur : Penes nos unda tagi. Leipzig, Verlegts, Valentine Adler, 1685.
[137 numbered paragraphs.]
[See Roth-Sholtz, Friedrich Deutsches Theatrum Chemicum, Nürnberg, 1728-32, Vol II, p. 823.]


MS. 225.
8 + 279 pages. 326x212mm. 19th Century. In German.
Historisch-critische Untersuchung über Theophrastus von Hohenheim.
Eine Dissertation zur Erlangung der Doctorwürde in der philosophie unter dem Praesidium von Pr. Dr. Reif vorgelegt von Friedrich Mook aus Bergzabern. Tübingen 1865.
[Bibliography of writings on Paracelsus on pages 261-279.]
[Mook's dissertation was published at Würzburg in 1876: Reviewed by E. Schubert and Karl Sudhoff in Paracelsus Forschungen, I. Helt, Frankfurt 1887, pages 1-89.]

MS. 226.
206 folios. 323x208mm. 18th Century. In German.
[Works of Geber.]
f1-13 GEBRI des Arabischen, hochverständigen, und in Natürlichen (besonders in Metallischen) dingen hocherfahrnen Philosophi, Buch von der Alchemia, welches Er die Jnvestigationem Perfectionis, oder Ergründung der Volkommenheit, intitulirt hatt. [In 13 chapters.]
f14-84 Des Ersten Buchs der Summae perfectionis Gebri. [In 60 chapters.]
f85-145 Das ander Buch der Summae perfectionis Gebri. [In 44 chapters.]
f146-163 De Inventione veritatis seu Perfectionis. [In 23 chapters.]
f164-201 Liber Fornacum. [In 30 chapters.]
f204-206 [Table of contents.]
[See Alchimia, Norimberg apud Ioh. Petreium, Anno 1541.]


MS. 227.
70 pages. 323x211mm. 18th Century. In French.
Aureum Seculum Patefactum ou La Revelation du Siecle d'or dans laquelle le menstrum universale seu material chaotica... par Aristophilum [sic] Chrysandrum. Jay fait la traduction de cet ouvrage allemand pour Mr. Falconnet...
[Incomplete - breaks off at end of page 70 in middle of paragraph.]
[See Chrysander, Alitophilus Aureum seculum patefactum oder die eröffnete güldene Zeit, darinnen das..., Nürnberg, 1706.]
[Bookplate of F.G. Irwin "No. 1". Same binding as MSS. 211, 214, 218, 223.]


MS. 228.
8 folios on vellum. 334x223mm. 15th Century. In Latin.
f1-2 Tractatus de lapidibus philosophorum.
[Begins]: "Quod lapis noster sit."
f3-5r Incipit Reymundus [Galfredus].
[Begins]: Verbum abbreviatum verissimum et approbatum de occultum emittat breve sermone a brevia.
[Roger Bacon, De Leone Viridi, edited by Raymundus Galfredus (D.W. Singer no. 193), printed in Roger Bacon, Sanioris Medicinae. De Arte Chymiae scripta... opuscula alia eiusdem, Frankfurt, 1603.]
f5v-6v Conclusiones philosoph de Elixir.
[Begins]: "Hermes pater philosophorum dixit... In primis corpus solutus et aqua..."
[See Thorndike-Kibre p. 612, Liber secretus de floribus philosophorum
f6v-7 Hic incipit tractatus optimus in quo exponit et aperte declarat...
[D.W. Singer no. 157, Plinius Philosophis Secretum Secretorum, Cambridge University Library MS. K.k.VI. f129v-131 (15th Century).]
[Front cover, not original binding, has "Roger Bacon MS". ]


MS. 229.
86 folios. 292x188mm. 17th Century. In English.
f1v [Table of contents, incomplete.]
[f2-63 numbered as pages 1-124.]
p1-63 140 Chymicall Receipts & Experiments.
p64-72 The Science of Alchimye.
p72 [Pen drawing with symbols representing the four elements, the Animal, Vegetable and Mineral kingdoms, with "Chaos" at centre.]
p73 The Compendiary of the Noble Science of Alchymy compiled by Mr William Blomefeild philosopher and Batchellor of Physick admitted by King Henry the eighth of most famous memory. Anno 1557.
p74-82 Bloomfield's Blossomes. [Verse.]
p77 [Pen drawing of a tree of alchemy marked with processes and substances.]
p83-85 Daltons Degrees of fire. [Verse.]
p86-111 The short and compendious art of Reymond Lully in the which is compiled and writ the flowers of all his bookes.
p112-117 This is said to be the Work of Pierce ye black Monck.
[See Ashmole, Elias Theatrum Chemicum Britannicum, p.275.]
p118-124 This book (in the Revelation of the secrett spirit pa: 37) is called The Practice of the Philosophers. But in ye book called Animae Avicennae pag:165 it is mentioned to be ye work of Rasis explayning Avicen.
f64-82 This is the remaynder of an auncient Chimicall booke (the former that thereof being cut away) and the rest beginning at page 42 followeth.
f84-86 [Various medical recipes.]


MS. 230.
112 folios. 350x224mm. 17th Century. In English.
[Alchemical Treatises presented by Robert Lane to Sir Henry Berkley, in 1635.]
f1 [Elaborate coloured title page with heraldic crest at top, watercoloured.]
f2-3 [Address by Robert Lane of Wallgrave in Northampton to Sr Henry Berkley.]
f4-20 [Copy of the illustrations from Coronatio Naturae entitled "Angelorum Opus". 68 watercolour drawings, 2 on each side of a folio. Number one is repeated twice. No text is included.]
[See also MSS. Ferguson 8, 110, 155, 208, 237, 245, 253.]
f21 [Elaborate title page similar to that on f1]: "The Most Excellent workes of Albert the Great and Raimundus Lullie..."
f22-49 The first booke of the Quintessence or Secrets of Nature of Raimond Lulle...
[6 pen drawings of alchemical apparatus in the text, on f27r, 27v, 28r, 28v, 42v.]
f50-111 The First booke of Albert the Great Of Minerals...
[The Five Books of Minerals follows.]
[See Bodleian Library, MSS Ashmole 1419 item 3, and British Library MS. Sloane 2192, for other pieces by Robert Lane.]


MS. 231.
21 folios. 362x245mm. 19th Century. Labels and text on drawings in German.
[A German Manuscript on making coke, tar, &c. with 21 fine drawings in colour illustrating the process.]


MS. 232.
78 folios. 285x208mm. 17th Century. In Latin.
f1-66r Geber Philosophi ac alchimistae maximi, De Alchemia. Libri Tres.
[6 rough drawings of alchemical apparatus in the text.]
f66v-67 [Notes.]
f68-72r Gebri Arabis Philosophi solertissimi, rerumque naturalium peritissimi liber, quem inscripsit de inventione veritatis sive perfectionis, Incerto Interprete.
[Notes and summaries of chapters probably from a printed book.]
f72v-76 Geberi Arabis Philosophi sollertissimi rerumque naturalium peritissimi, liber fornacum ad exerienda [...] pertinentium interprete Rodogero Hispalensi.
[Notes and summaries of chapters probably from a printed book.]
[See Guglielius Grataroli, Verae Alchemiae doctrina, Basel 1561.]
[Inscribed "Phillips MS 931."]
[Also inscribed with an old library number in red paint apparently '1013'. On the back. "ex Bibl. Celotti".]


MS. 233.
98 folios. 316x215mm. 17th Century. In German.
f1-96 AEnigma alchymicticum Complectens veram materjam et totam artem...
[Continues in verse]:
Zehen Buchstaben werden gesucht
Ains nach fünff und tausent zukzt:
Vier Sülben und auch fünff vocal
macht tausent und zway und sechzig die Zahl:
Ain hundert auch damit hinlaufft
Also ist dessen Nam getaufft.
Welches gibt ein hohe Medicin
wans recht bereithet wird vorhin.
VICtrI.
f97-98 [Recipes. Dated at top "9 Janu 1694".]


MS. 234.
100 folios. 288x210mm. 15th Century. In Latin.
Bartholomaeus Anglicus.
De proprietatibus rerum.
[For full description see N.R. Ker, Medieval MSS in British Libraries, vol. 2 (1977) pp.896-7.]


MS. 235.
iv + 182 + 15 folios. 286x218mm. 18th Century. In French.
Experience De Naxogore suivant les anneaux de platon et la chaine d'or D'homere. dans la quélle on montre clairment et sincerement le veritable procedé, pour travailler la medicine universelle. Traduit d'apres un manuscrit allemand par Mr*** a Paris en 1742. Lé pour les operations du chevalier Naxagoras.
[See Ehrd de Naxagoras, Experientia Naxagore Secundum Annulos Platonicos et Catenam Auream Homeri..., Franckfurt am Mayn 1723.]


MS. 236.
i + 283 folios. 324x192mm. 17th Century. In German with some Latin.
[Notes and extracts from various alchemical works mostly in German but some in Latin.]
f i "Anno 1677 Den 23 Aprilis Johannes Kunckel v. Lowenstein."
f1 Arboris Solis.
f2r Das erste Kapitel. Wie mann die Goldische frucht von den Goldischen Baume scheÿden soll.
f6 Processus Verissimus et probatissimus Mercurium ex metallis praeparare.
15v Processus ex Probattissimus. Anno 1605.
f24 Hanc Amavi et Exquesivi eam semper sit Nomen Domini Benedictum. A Quodam Philosopho.
f37v Alexander Sydonius.
f38 Eduardus Kelleus ita fecit.
f44 Compositio Thesauri Thesaurorum.
f51 Diaphoron Praefation Bartholomei Korndörffers.
f55 Mineralis Tinctura Universalis Vera von Hauptmann Tobias.
f61 Tinctura Vera Philip Jacob Iustenhöfers.
f77 Opus et Magnum Secretum de Antimonio Fratris Alexandri Sebastiani Monachi Benedictini ex manuscripto ipsius.
f81 Sequentia haec dicitur Basilii Valentini Monachi esse A Johanne Tholden... 1624.
f93 Arbor crescens Solis et Luna, et est Augmentum Solis et Luna cum Mercurio Animato.
[and other such short extracts and notes from various works.]
f270-280 [Glossary of alchemical terms.]
[Note by Ferguson on flyleaf "Compare Kopp Alchemie I. 65 note".]


MS. 237.
85 folios. 308x195mm. 17th Century. In English.
f1-9 Liber vexacionum. First made and written by Doctor Phillip Theophrasty Paracellcy containeinge the Science and nature of Meumye and what mere ought to hold thereof of through 7 Grounded Rules upon the 7 Comon Mettells declared and concluded with a prologue and other thinges thereunto apportayneinge Published and set forth By Doctor Adam Bodonstam [Bodenstein] in the highe German tongue and turned into English by a Lover of the said Scyence to the honor of god and for the benifite of the poore people. By J.W. Suffer and take heede.
[See Paracelsus, Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus Liber vexationum. Kunst und Nature der Alchimia... sampt einer Vorred mit etlichen zügehörenden Stucken und Beschlüssen abgefertiget. Publiciert durch D. Adam von Bodenstein. Basel, 1567.]
f10-13v The Booke of Cements. [Paracelsus.]
f13v-17 The Booke of Gradacions. [Paracelsus.]
f18-61 [Various short extracts, notes and treatises on Alchemical processes.]
f62-70 A Manifestation of the occult Artificia of Brother Basile Valentina: a monck of the Benedict order tending to the supreame secret of the Philosopher stone of health and Riches.
f71-72 Philosophicall Caracters and their interpretation...
f73-78r [Unidentified Alchemical treatise, with diagram of furnace inserted.]
f78v-82r [Fragmentary extract from the Crowning of Nature with crude pen drawings of the "Projectio"and "Multiplicatio", together with the attached text, and includes the text of a third section the "Chaos Veterum" though omits the diagram.]
[See also MSS. Ferguson 8, 110, 155, 208, 230, 245, 253.]
[On f80v]: "This is truth transcribed finis the 6th of August at just 7 ho. pm 1656."
f82v-85 [Various fragmentary notes and extracts on alchemy.]
[f1 has the signature 'John Stacy', who would appear to be the transcriber of this manuscript.]


MS. 238.
40 folios. 332x209mm. 17th Century. In English.
f2 Secrets Disclosed - One Friend to another as Bloomfield suppose - The Philosophers Stone, the secrets doth disclose.
[Opposite the title a printed engraving of Ripley's Wheel has been stuck onto f1v.]
f4 The Process of the Grand Elixer.
f8 The Practice of Lights.
f15v Secrets Revealed, Or an Entrance into the Shut Palace of the King, By a most famous Englishman stiling himself Anonymous, or Eyraeneus Philalethes, Cosmopolita, who attained the Philosophers Stone at the Age of 23 years. [In 34 chapters.]
[See Philalethes, EirenÆus Secrets revealed: or, an open entrance to the shut-palace of the king... London, 1669.]
f40v [Note to the Reader. Dated 1645.]
[Note at bottom]: "This page traced over by me Jasper to preserve the same legible - the originall being nearly faded by time as appears by the part of the line remaining- 1813"..
[Bookplate of William Gordon of Fyvie. Same binding as MSS. 239 and 243.]


MS. 239.
247 pages. 284x182mm. 17th Century. In English.
A Loving mite cast into the Treasury for the Chemicke and Spagyricke Art; Or a plaine progress therein chiefly collected and composed for the lovers and sonnes of that sacred Art.
[Bookplate of William Gordon of Fyvie. Same binding as MSS. 238, 243.]


MS. 240.
171 pages. 325x195mm. 17th Century. In German with short sections, titles, etc. in Latin.
p1-166 Compendium Hermeticum. Caput primum: Wehr die artzneÿ erfunden, Unndt woher der Uhralten Medicin zu nehmen.
[Begins]: Die Wahre artzneÿ der Uhralten bestehet allein in der Quinta Essentia Und ist von dem Hermete Trismegisto, qui vixit tempore Moÿsis , erstlich beschrieben und schrifftlich verfasset worden, die wahre artzneÿ kommt allein von Gott, der hatt sie in Trinitate Manifestiert und zu erkennen geben...
[Extracts, notes and recipes from various alchemical authors including Paracelsus, Gerhard Dorn, Lull, Hadrian Mynsicht.]
p167-171 [Index.]


MS. 241.
73 folios. 282x216mm. 15th Century. In French.
Placides et Timeo. Secres de nature. Secres des femmes.
[Philippe le Bel. Placides au Philosophe Tymeo.]
f1-65 Placides et Timeo ou secres de nature.
f66-73 Che sont les sectes de femmes translates de latin en franchois..
[See Bibliothèque Nationale MSS. Français 631, 2027 and 19994. Also see A. Colson, Secres des Dames, Paris 1880.]
[For full description see N.R. Ker, Medieval MSS in British Libraries, vol. 2 (1977) pp.897-8.]


MS. 242.
56 folios. 414x262mm. 18th Century. In French and Latin.
Miracle naturel ou le grand mistere des misteres de la nature dans lequel on voit la pierre magicochimique composée et perfectionnée selon les vrais ecrits des vrais philosophes choisis hermetiques ce qui compose la medicine universelle.
[22 full page drawings in watercolour and 3 in pencil and grey wash by Honoratius Marinier, whose portrait and that of his wife form one of the plates "autographe de Marinier c.1790".]
[Drawing of seventh key from Basil Valentine.]
f2 "Voici la vraye perfection. que je te montre dans cette Figure. Sous l'Embleme du Roi et de la Reine."
[Figure of hermaphrodite from Rosarium Philosophorum series (figure 17). Standing on triple headed serpent, Solar tree on left. Pelican nourishing young on its own blood on right. The hermaphrodite holds a chalice with three serpents on the left and a green snake on the right. A green lion appears in the background.]
f3 [Through an arch supported on two columns we see a classical house with a furnace burning though its open door. At the top of this arch is the symbol of two crossed keys. At the entrance of this outer arch an angel with a twisted sword wards away three figure who are tying to gain entrance. Inside the arch two figures one kneeling talk with Mercury with winged helmet and sandals.]
f5 (p3) [Within a circular space the Sun and Moon are sending rays to the centre of a triangle supported by a man and woman. Around these figures are the sign of the zodiac. On a banner above "Ignis et aqua amici fiant et foelix eris". This is in a grey wash.]
f9r (p9) ["Premier Clef". In grey wash. From a tableau of the classical gods in the heavens, centred around Zeus, a winged Hermes bearing caduceus flies downwards from the clouds towards a group of seven human figures on the ground who gaze up in wonder.]
f11r (p11) ["II Clef". Watercolour. Sun and Moon send their rays down upon a man (standing beside a furnace) and a woman seated on some rocks ( a Diana figure with lunar crescent upon her head). The man is in the act of handing the woman a flask. In the air above them a bird is hovering within the circle of an ouroboros serpent, which has flames below it.]
f13r (p13) [Entitled above "Solve et Coagula", and with " Si vis nubere, nube pari" below. In a landscape Hermes with winged helmet brings together a man with Lyre (an Apollo figure) and a woman with lunar crescent and spear (Diana figure). On the left some satyrs dance, while on the right a crowd of people look upon the scene.]
f15r (p16) [Text below "suite de la precedent figure". Watercolour. A Diana figure sits upon a bath or vessel set on a plinth, at the base of which two men sit and observe the scene. A vapour ascend behind her, while above the the Sun and Moon send down rays upon the vessel.]
f17 (p19) [Text below "Suite au decuple où de la precedent figure". The Diana figure is now seen lying in a pond or flat vessel which has a fire in the earth below. From her breasts liquid falls into the vessel or lake. Above in the heavens the Sun and Moon send down rays, however these do not reach the ground but are caught in a layer of cloud in which Hermes with caduceus is seen.]
f19 (p22) [Watercolour. Entitled "per totum nostrum vegetabile menstruum. III clef". Text below "suite et consommation du decuple". At the base of a rocky outcrop, a man with a hammer and chisel works upon a two headed figure (possibly a Diana-Apollo hermaphrodite). Below Hermes lies as if dead or sleeping his winged helmet discarded on the ground. From the Heavens above, The Sun and Moon send down their rays.]
f21 (p24) [Watercolour. Text above "Foecibus extractis, vomitas puer ebibet undas, quae repetita sibi, pocula lactis erunt", and below "tu l'as pris, tu le rendras". A young boy covered with leprous spots is placed in a press. From his mouth a stream of liquid flows and is caught in a vessel by a woman in a blue robe.]
f23r (p27) [Watercolour. In a woody glade a bearded man heats a vessel at the end of a rod, upon a brazier. Diana stands on the right and gestures towards this. In the heavens above are seen the Sun and Moon, and hovering above the brazier, is a bird, two keys and a circular wheel with seven spokes, set within the space of an ouroboros dragon with a fire below.]
f25r (p29) [Watercolour. On some rocks beside a waterfall, Diana holds a flask, which a bearded man heats by means of a lighted torch. In the sky above we see Chronos-Saturn with hour-glass and scythe.]
f27 (p31) [Watercolour. "2e Clef. Regimen ignis, regimini dulci". On a rock is seated the two headed hermaphroditic figure (Apollo-Diana) flanked by two crows. A man with a pickaxe kindles a fire at this figure's feet, while in the heavens above Sun and Moon send down rays which do not reach the ground but are caught in a bank of cloud upon which Hermes with caduceus lies.]
f29. (p34) [Watercolour. On a island set in a blue expanse of sea, a single tree rise. At its foot Diana figure stands on foot in a mortar which a man is working with a pestle. To the left are three crows, and to the right another three crows are in act of devouring a male figure lying dead on the ground. Above in the heavens are the Sun and Moon, and hovering just above the tree is Hermes above a seven spoked wheel from which birds fly out.]
f31 (p36) [Watercolour. "Ve clef. Ignis et azoth tibi sufficiunt." Diana is seated in the pond or low vessel, heated by a man (vulcan like figure) with flaming torch, while Zeus and other gods look on. She has a child covered with spots on her lap, and rays descend from the Sun, Moon and the hands and feet of Hermes floating above, into the child's mouth. Above Hermes is a seven spoked wheel with three birds.]
f33 (p38) [Watercolour. On a rock are seated a man and a woman (possibly Diana, and they hold a vessel which catches the rays of the Sun and Moon. Above this hovers Hermes with caduceus and a seven spoked wheel, but on this occasion coloured white on red in reverse to its previous appearances. At Diana's feet a man with winged helmet (possibly another Hermes figure lies as if dead in a golden pool, heated from below by a man with a flaming torch.]
f35r (p41) [Watercolour. On a flat grey space Diana reclines, while a rainbow arches overhead. Within this rainbow is a bird and a layer of cloud upon which a grey male child stands. The Sun, Moon and a Star shine out in the heavens above. Below Diana we see a magnificent peacock displaying its tail.]
f36r (p42) [Watercolour. Entitled "Clef vi. In dealbatione. In est magna tarditas". On top of a rock Diana sits with the grey child in a pond of blue water, which is heated from below by a man (vulcan) with a flaming torch. From around the circumference of the pond seven flowers rise, and two crows fly above this. In the heavens Above the Sun and Moon send down their rays, while in the middle space Hermes with caduceus lies upon a cloud.]
f38r (p44) [Watercolour. On a large rock Diana is seated with the grey child on her lap. At her feet is a golden pool with a small fire in its middle. A bearded man (vulcan) handles a golden nugget with his tongs and a shovel, while below this pool lies a small Hermes. To the left is a bird with red and white body and black wings. Above the head of the Diana figure a bird rises up, above which is the seven spoked wheel with another bird atop. The Sun and moon send down their gold and silver radiations on the scene below.]
f40 (p46) [Watercolour. Diane is seated atop a large rock, to the left a red child on the right a white. Below the rock a man holds up a vessel and two red streams pass from the arms of the red child into this vessel. In the heavens above the Sun and Moon radiate down their beams. Hovering above Diana we see Hermes holding an athanor, and a young boy flies below holding the receiving flask, to collect a red liquid.]
f42 (p 48) [Watercolour. "VII. clef". A large rock dominates the space of this illustration. In the centre of which we see seated the Diana-Apollo two-headed hermaphrodite, with a red child, head aflame and holding a twisted sword, standing upon its knee. A golden flame burns at the feet of the hermaphrodite. At the bottom of the rock lies Hermes with his winged helmet and caduceus lying on the ground beside him. On the summit of this massive rock five figures stand in clouds and wave flags. Two crows fly above the summit. The Sun and Moon ray down from the heavens above.]
f44 (p50) [Watercolour. Text below "centuplum accipies et vitam aeternam, si quinquagesimam partem sui biberit". A woman beholds within a forest glade a male (?) figure lying in a golden pool. His right arm is grey, his left white, while his body is tinged red.]
f46r (p52) [Watercolour. A young man with a golden nimbus around his head and holding a sword in his right hand stands in an open space. Beside him kneels a bearded man in a blue robe, and from this pair a skeleton runs off to the right. At their feet a fire burns. Hovering in the air above is bird with white wings and a red body.]
f47r (p53) [Watercolour drawing of two furnaces, one in cross section with flasks and crucibles.]
f48r (p54) [Portraits of Honoratus Marinier and Christian Leniau his wife. Above is seen Hermes with caduceus. The portraits are set upon a plinth which has the following text inscribed "Josepho Filio meo charissimo do. Dico supra delineatas Figuras Hermeticas, quibus facile intelliges magnum opus magisterii si timeas Deum, et semper orando, ac laborando. ne sis garrulus; sed pone ori tuo custodiam; sacramentum Regis abscondere bonum est. Precipuè a magnatibus; propter gloriam Dei Jesu Christi et libertatem tuam pretiosissimam vale et vive".]
[Another copy of this work is found in MS. Wellcome 3442.]
[Sections of text in French entitled "Explication pratique" (with some phrases in Latin) is interspersed throughout these figures commenting upon the symbolism contained within them.]
f49-54 (p55-66) Miraculum naturale seu, Mysterium Enucleatum mysteriorum naturae, veris dictis hermeticis philosophorum electis, quibus recte ac perfecte, componi perficique poterit magicae-chemice lapis, seu medicina universalis.
[Text in Latin.]


MS. 243.
15 pages. 427x267mm. Early 19th Century. In English.
[Becher, John Joachim, M.D.] The new and curious Experiment of the perpetual Mineral of Sand, or What prepares the way of the History or Proposition made by the author to the Potent DD states of Holland about the Extraction of Gold with the materials of Shore Sand, with advantage, by means of Perpetual Mineral or Great Operation of Fusion. In place of a third Supplement to his subterraneous Physics or Natural Philosophy by John Joachim Becher MD, Counsel of the King's sacred Majesty 1680. Transcribed from the Manuscript by GJW.


MS. 244.
6 folios. 325x210mm. 18th Century. In Latin.
[Index of seeds, fruits, stones, minerals.]
[Dated at end 1737-8.]


MS. 245.
ii + 68 folios. 325x210mm. 17th Century. In Latin.
Coronatio naturae, sive doctrina de summa medicina 67 hieroglyphicis explicata per anonymum. Quibus accesserunt totidem earum explicationes in usum filiorum artis summo studio elaboratae per Anonymum eundem Cabala. Natura naturans naturat omnia Naturatum, Sol numen, Productrix foetus mirabilitatis Franciscus Steuart".
[Latin text accompanies the drawings up to no. 41.]
[See MSS. 8, 110, 155, 208, 230, 237 and 253.]
[Copy of advertisement from Morning Herald 24th November 1797 for a manuscript of this description, priced 200 gns, inserted between folios i and ii, with fragments of printed original on verso of folio ii. cf. MS. Ferguson 253.]
[The name "Franciscus Steuart" appears on folios i and ii. An inscription on the inside front cover relates to a journal of the 32nd year of reign of Queen Elizabeth i.e. 1590. "Jurnale de anno Regne Regine VVVII [ave] Elizabeth".]


MS. 246.
10 folios. 328x205mm. 17th Century. In German.
f1Sambstag den 9 Septembris Anno 1617 ist durch den Ernuesten Hochgelerten Herrn Johann Valentin Schidts der Rechten doctor, Fürstlich Würtzburg. Raths, Im beÿsein des Vogteÿ verwalters, und Zehnthgrauen zu Gerolzhoven, dan beeder Zenthschöpffen, der Hanns Eÿerich Pfeüffer zu Eüerheimb, erstlich in der leng gütlich gehört; weil die guet aber nichts verfangen wöllen, gegen dem Verhafften Lorentz degen von Michtlau Confrontiert worden...
[Process for witchcraft before Johann Schmidt at Wurzburg against Hans Heinrich Pfeuffer and Lorenz von Michelant, with Pfeuffers answer to the charges 9 September 1617.]
[See also MS. 247.]


MS. 247.
6 folios. 320x213mm. 17th Century. In German.
[Document for legal proceedings for witchcraft dated 27th November 1616, similar to MS. 246.]

MS 248.
ii + 32 folios. 205x163mm. 17th or early 18th Century. In Latin and German.
f iir [In different hand from rest of MS.]: "M: Joannes Corbiniany Es Keso Parochy in Abensperg 1725."
f iiv [Coloured drawing of cross with four symbolic figures; dragon, angel, bird and wolf.]
f1r [Coloured drawing of various alchemical vessels.]
f1v-6 [Sequence of 14 small coloured drawings from the Petrus Bonus series, which shows death and resurrection of the king of the metals. With Latin text.]
f6r-18r [Section with 7 + 4 chapters in German. A few small coloured drawings of apparatus etc. in margins.]
f18v Precatio Artificis ad Dei omnipotentis Maiestatem.
f19r Tabula Smaragdi.
f19r Ex quibus lapis Philosophorum conficitur.
f19v Incipit Tabula Scientia Maioris.
f20v-31 [11 fine watercolour drawings, on folios 20r, 22, 23r, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, from the Praetiosissimum Donum Dei series, with text in Latin. See also MSS. 112, 113, 148, 222, 270 and 292.]
f31v "De opere Philosophiae Describit Marcellus Palingenius".
f32 [Verse in German.]


MS. 249.
26 folios. 168x90mm. 17th Century. In German.
[Note on cover]: "Possessor Huius Libri Est Christian Benjamin Kauffman."
f1 [Pen drawing with hand of God emerging from a cloud bearing a flaming heart pierced with arrows, while below is seen a cubic plinth supporting a tower which is broken and falling down.]
f2r-26 [Numbered as pages 1-52 but with pages 46-49 missing. Series of questions and answers on Book of Genesis.]


MS. 250.
24 folios. 149x108mm. 17th Century. In French.
Les experimenta du Comte Digby 1st impre: chez Hartmann et Langius... Medicina Experimentalis Digbaeana.
[Notes and receipts.]