An alchemical manuscript in search of an all-encompassing knowledge, a substance for refining metals and the human soul: the Philosopher's Stone

Miscellany of Alchemy

Padua (Italy) — ca. 1470

Miscellany of Alchemy

Miscellany of Alchemy

Padua (Italy) — ca. 1470

  1. Alchemists were not only interested in the transmutation of substances, but of the soul as well

  2. It was believed that the same substance that could transform a base metal into gold could also grant immortality

  3. This is a rare alchemical manuscript because practitioners of the esoteric art were secretive by nature

Miscellany of Alchemy

Alternative Titles:
  • Miscelánea De Alquimia
  • Sammlung der Alchemie
Miscellany of Alchemy  – MS Ashburnham 1166 – Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana (Florence, Italy)
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The key word of alchemy is “transmutation” and alchemists were concerned with changing both substances, i.e. turning base metals into gold, and perfecting humans both body and soul. A legendary substance capable of doing both was referred to as the “philosophers’ stone”, and is also a symbol of perfection and universal truth. This comprehensive Gothic alchemy manuscript was gorgeously adorned with enigmatic watercolors by Francesco da Barberino.

Miscellany of Alchemy

The now-debunked science of alchemy is concerned with the transmutation of substances, particularly the creation of gold from base metals. Nonetheless, the labors of the alchemists gave birth to modern chemistry and other sciences. Alchemists were also concerned with the heavens, the macrocosm, and its reflection in man, described as the microcosm. As such, they sought an elixir of immortality, panaceas to cure any disease, and other substances to perfect the human body and soul. Their belief in an all-encompassing knowledge, a universal truth, is perhaps best represented by the search for the philosophers’ stone, a legendary substance capable of changing base metals into noble metals or granting immortality. The philosophers’ stone has come to be a symbol of perfection, enlightenment, and heavenly bliss. The manuscript at hand, stored under the shelf mark MS Ashburnham 1166 in Florence’s Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, attributed to Johannes von Teschen, or Ticinensis. It is famous for a representation of a dying man shot with an arrow and being used as soil by a tree growing up from his genital area, and is named after its last private owner, Bertram Ashburham. The text is adorned with gorgeous, enigmatic watercolors attributed to Francesco da Barberino (1264-1348).

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Alternative Titles
Miscelánea De Alquimia
Sammlung der Alchemie
Date
ca. 1470
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Miscelánea De Alquimia
Miscellany of Alchemy  – MS Ashburnham 1166 – Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana (Florence, Italy)
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Miscelánea De Alquimia

1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size)
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Ediciones Grial – Valencia, 2004
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821 copies
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1 volume by Demetrio Santos, Ida Giovanna Rao
Language: Spanish
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