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Call Number: MS Ferguson 6
Title: Nota hyeroglyphica
Images: [ MS Ferguson 6 fol. 170r ] [ MS Ferguson 6 fol. 171r ]
Date of Creation: Between 1599 and 1699
Level of Description: Item
Part of MS Ferguson
Content: M.P. Spruch : Nota hyeroglyphica; Lapis philosophicorum, &c. [In German]. XVIIth century.
Contents: f1 [At bottom] Petrus Wintzig.
f2r [Five line drawings in black ink and red chalk.]
f2v-4v [5 watercolour drawings].
f5r [Text in German begins]
[At bottom] 'i/i Mai 1733...'
[At top] Nota Hyeroglyphica Lapis [John Dee's 'hieroglyphic monad' symbol] philosop. [This seem to have been added later.]
[See MS. Dresden N 36: Figurae hieroglyphicae de lap. phil. von Edward Kelley.]
f5 Euch Liebhabern dieser Edlen Kunst Allen sey zuer Warnung geschenckt unnd geschriben das Nach folgende warhaffte Wort, dem wolt Jr Nur sicher glauben, es wirdt euch reichlich lohnen etc.
Denen die da von den Betrügern Jn diser Loben Kunst mit Jrem grossen Nachteil und schaden nit wollen verffueret noch betrogen werden, Als dem Jtziger Zeit Menschen geschiehet, denen sag ich zuer Warnung, das sie folgenden fragen wol warnemen und derer stets in Iren Hertzen zudanck sein, das durch diese sie, Als durch ein gewiesses warhafftiges Zeichen und sigel Aller Möglichen Natürlichen warheit dieser Edlen Kunst...
f13-30 Der titel dieses Buechlins ist Lilium geheissen.
f31v-32 [Two elaborate symbolic drawings.]
f33 [Text in German.]
f34v Hie heben sich an die spruch der philosophen.
f50v Was man thuen sol mit der quinta essentia.
f52 Item von der heimlicheit der philosophy.
f58-59 [12 pen drawings of furnaces and alchemical flasks.]
f60 Mun wer begert zuefinden den anfang der natur...
f69 Warhheit der Kunst. [In a different hand.]
f77v [Pen drawing of Queen with seven stars around her head, standing upon two cubic stones with sun and moon symbols. From these roots reach down into a square vessel of water at the bottom. the Queen holds a square mirror in each hand.]
f79-86 Das Buech der heimlicheit.
f87-105 Spiegell der Alchimey. [In seven chapters.]
f106-113 Magister Degenhardus.
f115 -118 [4 watercolour drawings.]
f120-128 Weltlich beger in der philosophi Kunst der merern und...
f129-147 [12 finely executed watercoloured drawings set within the text. These are the 'Donum Dei' or 'Spiegel der Philosophie' illustrations, published in Salomon Trismosin 'Aureum Vellus', 1598-1604.]
f148 das Buech wirt genantt Gottes gaab...
[Pandora, des Franciscus Epimetheus, Basel 1582.]
f154-158 [18 watercoloured illustrations of the series of woodcuts found in Petrus Bonus, 'Pretiosa Margarita Novella', 1546, of the 6 planets before the king, the killing of the king, his death, burial and rebirth from the tomb.]
f158-169 [A series of twenty two fine watercoloured drawings which is a variation of the sequence of woodcuts in the 'Rosarium Philosophorum', 1550.]
f172-180 Wer ohren hat zuehern der hore und merck [...] den philosophum also sprechenn.
[This section has two watercoloured symbolic drawings.]
f181-187 De Tinctura D: M. Joanni Hein.
f188 Oleum Solis Zumachen.
[At bottom] Franciscus Martinus 1580 die 2 Meric.
f192 Ein cehönner spruch auss der philosophen schrifften.
f196-209 Kurtzer Sumarischer ausszug und philosophen Rogerius Bacho ad lapidem philosophorum... 19 Martii 1580...
f212-237 [Series of 38 fine watercolour drawings from the Aurora Consurgens.]
f238-242 [...] Arnoldi de Villa nova…
Physical Description: Bound vol. 242 fols. 22x16 cm. Paper watermarked 1579. Gold tooled original red morocco binding, stamped 'M P Spruch der philosophen'.
Access: Normal conditions
Language: German
Material Type: Document
Notes: This manuscript has been exhibited on the following occasion: 'Realising the Potential', Leeds University Library, 24 April-2 June 1995; 'Manuscripts from Two Millennia', Glasgow University Library, 20 May 1996.
Bibliography: M E Warlick, 'Fluctuating identities: Gender reversals in alchemical imagery', in Jacob Wamberg (ed), Art & Alchemy (Museum Tusculanum Press: University of Copenhagen, 2006), pp 111-112.
Accession Number: 353
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Repository Code: GB 0247

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author: M. P. Spruch
exhibition: Manuscripts from Two Millennia 1996
Exhibition mounted to coincide with the visit of the Manuscript Society, Glasgow University Library, 20 May 1996.
exhibition: Realising the Potential 1995
Consortium of University Research Libraries, Realising the Potential: the specialised research collections of CURL in support of scholarship: a co=operative exhibition …
provenance: Petrus Wintzig
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