Item Details

Call Number: MS Ferguson 17
Images: [ MS Ferguson 17 fol. 3r ] [ MS Ferguson 17 fol. 40r ]
Date of Creation: Between 1599 and 1799
Place of Creation: France
Level of Description: Item
Part of MS Ferguson
Content: Abraham Eleazar. Abraham Juif Prince, pretre, leuite astrologue et Philosophe, a la nation des Juifs repandüe dans toute la Gaule par la colere de Dieu. Salut en Notre seigneur Jesus Christ. Liure des figures hierogliphiques auec l'explication des fables des Poetes, des misteres du christianisme; de la chimie, et de la Pharmacie suiuant les nombres. 18th century.
13 extremely fine watercolour illustrations of the hieroglyphic figures of Nicholas Flamel are inserted upon vellum after folios 3, 8, 11, 16, 27, 33, 40, 45, 88, 98, 110, 114, 143. One of these illustrations shows the Massacre of the Innocents; it closely resembles a drawing from a manuscript in the Bibliothèque de l'Arsenal which is reproduced in vol. 1 of Le moyen âge et la Renaissance, ed. Paul Lacroix, Paris, 1848, whereas the illustration of the same scene in Uraltes Chymisches Werk, 1735, bears only a slight resemblance to the drawing in the Bibliothéque de l'Arsenal manuscript. The illustration of Jezoth le Juste fairly closely resembles that reproduced in Jung's Collected Works, vol. 14, pl. 3, from Bibliothèque Nationale MS. Fr. 14765. 'In the eighteenth century an allegedly Jewish treatise appeared, making copious use of Hebraic terminology and claiming to be the mysterious "Rindenbuch" of Abraham the Jew, which, it was said, had revealed the art of gold-making to Nicholas Flamel (1330-1417). The MS is said to have been in the possession of Cardinal Richelieu. The story goes that Flamel bought the treatise, which was written on sheets of bark, for two florins from an unknown person. It is a late forgery from the beginning of the eighteenth century.' - C.G. Jung, Collected Works, vol. 14, p. 410. The manuscript is written in an eighteenth-century hand on paper made in France in the early eighteenth century and consists mainly of 'explication des emblêmes.' The textual content differs from that of Uraltes Chymisches Werk.
Physical Description: Bound vol. 162 fols. 25.8x19.7 cm.
Access: Normal conditions
Language: French
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), p. 56; Russian translation published as: Nicolas Flamel, Alkhima, translated and introduced by Gleb Butuzov (St Petersburg, 2001). See also: Jacques van Lennep, Alchimie: contribution à l'histoire de l'art alchimique (Brussels, 1984), pl. 265.
Exhibitions: This manuscript has been exhibited on the following occasions: 'Alchimie', Passage 44, Brussels, Dec. 1984-Mar. 1985; 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: Abraham Eleazar
author: Nicolas Flamel d. 1418
exhibition: Alchimie 1984-1985
Exhibition, sponsored by Crédit Communal de Belgique, held at Passage 44, Boulevard du Jardin Botanique 44, Brussels, 19 December 1984-10 March 1985.
exhibition: Art and Alchemy
Exhibition, Museum Kunstpalast, Dusseldorf, 5 April-10 August 2014.
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