MS 446 ALCHEMY, 15TH CENTURY FRANCE

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History: “MS. 446" was produced in France, in the late 15th century, and is a rich example of an alchemical treatise. It is, however, devoid of most of the cryptic alchemical phrases, that are so enigmatic to us in the present day. It centers, rather, on the technical possibilities of the art. Amply illustrated, with 56 color drawings, it details 20 chemical procedures, and processes. The main text is followed by seven folios of full-page alchemical drawings, seven folios containing an alchemical synthesis, and three folios of practical recipes.


COMPENDIUM RARISSIMUM TOTIUS ARTIS MAGICAE SISTEMATISATAE PER CELEBERRIMOS ARTIS HUJUS MAGISTROS

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Author: Unknown

Language: German, Latin

Date: 1775

History: "Compendium rarissimum totius Artis Magicae sistematisatae per celeberrimos Artis hujus Magistros" is a rare book on the occult, dating back to 1775. It is currently held by the Wellcome Library, in London; a library founded on the remarkable collection of Sir Henry Wellcome, which includes medical artifacts and original works of art, focusing on the connections between medicine, art, and life.

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