Item Details

Call Number: MS Ferguson 191
Images: [ MS Ferguson 191 fol. 20v ] [ MS Ferguson 191 fol. 40v ]
Date of Creation: Between 1499 and 1599
Level of Description: Item
Part of MS Ferguson
Content: Thomas Norton. [The ordinall of alchimy.] 16th century.
[On f1]: 'Roger Arundell.'
f 1v [Verse in Latin.]
f2 [Text in English of the Ordinall of Alchemy.]
[6 very fine miniatures in watercolours with gold ink, on vellum inserted into the volume after folios 3, 10, 17, 20, 36 and 40.
According to the concluding lines, this poem was begun in 1477. It was first published in a Latin translation by Michael Maier in Tripus aureus, 1618. The English poem was first printed in Ashmole's Theatrum chemicum, 1652. Inscribed inside front cover: I gave Mr. Abdey 20s in one peese of gold for this boock in his cossen Mr Abdays Chamber in the fleet: Also after that Mr Abday cam to borrow: 10li: at wch time I gave him :10s: wch Nan Springe borowed of Brian the porter to geve him. Also after that he cam to my house at Lambeth about this boock at wch time I gave him in farthe recompens a frenche crowne in gold in the halle at Lambeth whereoppon he departed and sayd he was satisfied in presens of Nan Springe and others: Inscribed on recto of first leaf: the notes of this boock beinge written in the lefe before [this] wch is cutt oute is putt in my longe boock of notes in my casket by the lefe wch contayneth the note in Lattin taken out of ye Alchimye boocke of petrus bonus: my graunfather Sr John Arundell Knight writ his name as folowth vz: John Arundell of Trerys. My father alsoe as folowth vz: Roger Arundell. Inscribed on verso of penultimate leaf: Ex Catalogo Librorum Venalium Thomæ Osborne edita 16to Decembris 1751. Pretium £1: 1. 0
Physical Description: Paper. 42 + 6 + 4 folios (of which 5 are blank); 6 miniatures, in gold and colours, on vellum. 20.7x14.7 cm.
Access: Normal conditions
Language: English
Material Type: Document
Bibliography: Kunst und Alchemie: das Geheimnis der Verwandlung, Museum Kunstpalast, herausgegeben von Sven Dupré, Dedo von Kerssenbrock-Krosigk und Beat Wismer (München, 2014); Nigel Thorp, The glory of the page (London, 1987), no. 46.
Exhibitions: This manuscript has been exhibited on the following occasions: 'The Glory of the Page', Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Oct. 1987-Jan. 1988, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Feb.-Apr. 1988, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Jun.-Aug. 1988, Burrell Collection, Glasgow, Nov. 1988-Jan. 1989; 'The Magic of the Middle Ages, Part 2: Secular Manuscripts', Glasgow University Library, Sep.-Dec. 1995; Art and Alchemy, Museum Kunstpalast, Dusseldorf, 5 Apr.-10 Aug. 2014.
Accession Number: 353
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Repository Code: GB 0247

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author: Thomas Norton fl.1477
Alchemist.
exhibition: Art and Alchemy
Exhibition, Museum Kunstpalast, Dusseldorf, 5 April-10 August 2014.
exhibition: Glory of the Page 1987-1989
Exhibition of medieval manuscripts from Glasgow University Library: Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Oct. 1987-Jan. 1988, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Feb.-Apr. …
exhibition: Magic of the Middle Ages 1994-1995
Exhibition: The Magic of the Middle Ages: Manuscript Treasures of Glasgow University Library. Part 1: Sacred Manuscripts, Glasgow University Library, 21 April-30 …
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