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Detailed record for Sloane 2560

Title Alchemical treatises
Origin Germany or Austria
Date 2nd half of the 15th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration 11 painted diagrams, the first accompanied by a large decorated initial with foliate extensions into the margin, in colours and gold (ff. 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15). 1 large decorated initial with a full foliate border, in colours and gold (f. 1). Smaller initials in plain red, blue or gold (a few with red pen-flourishing, and 1 on f. 15 with foliate extensions into the margin).
Dimensions in mm 210 x 155 (135 x 95)
Official foliation ff. 18 (+ 7 paper flyleaves at the beginning, and 13 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance Sir Hans Sloane (b. 1660, d. 1753), baronet, physician and collector.
Purchased as part of the Sloane collection from Sloane's executors and incorporated into the newly founded British Museum in 1753.
Select bibliography Catalogue of Additional Manuscripts: Sloane 2497-2719 (London: British Museum unpublished manuscript of unedited descriptions, no date), no. 2560 [available in The British Library Manuscripts Reading Room].

Dorothea Singer, Catalogue of Latin and Vernacular Alchemical Mss in Great Britain, 2 vols (Brussels: Lambertin, 1928-30), I, no. 322, II, no. 449

Fritz Saxl and Hans Meier, Verzeichnis astrologischer und mythologischer illustrierter Handschriften des lateinischen Mittelalters, ed. by Harry Bober, 4 vols (London: Warburg Institute, 1916-66), III: Handschriften in englischen Bibliotheken (1953), p. 246.

Gareth Roberts, The Mirror of Alchemy: Alchemical Ideas and Images in Manuscripts and Books from Antiquity to the Seventeenth Century (London: British Library, 1994), pls IV, VII, X, XI.

V.A. Kolve, Telling images : Chaucer and the imagery of narrative2 vols ( California: Stanford University Press, 2009), II, pp. 218-19.

Jonathan Hughes, The Rise of Alchemy in fourteenth-century England : Plantagenet Kings and the search for the Philosopher's Stone (London: Continuum, 2012), pp. 234, 257.


Images
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Initial and border

f. 1
Initial and border
Detail

f. 1
Detail
Detail

f. 1
Detail
 
King and queen with a flask

f. 5
King and queen with a flask
Text page

f. 5v
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Red king and white queen in a flask

f. 6
Red king and white queen in a flask
 
King and queen in a flask

f. 6
King and queen in a flask
Text page

f. 6v
Text page
The chemical union of the red king and white queen.

f. 7
The chemical union of the red king and white queen.
 
Text page

f. 7v
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Black flask

f. 8
Black flask
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f. 8v
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Black flask

f. 9
Black flask
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f. 9v
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Black flask with worms

f. 10
Black flask with worms
 
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f. 10v
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Black flask with a  man inside

f. 11
Black flask with a man inside
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f. 11v
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Black and white flask

f. 12
Black and white flask
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f. 12v
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Flask with a flower inside

f. 13
Flask with a flower inside
 
Text page

f. 13v
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Diagram

f. 14
Diagram
Detail

f. 14
Detail
 
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f. 14v
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Red and blue flask with a king inside

f. 15
Red and blue flask with a king inside
Miniature of the stage of the red elixir, a king or rosa ...

f. 15
Miniature of the stage of the red elixir, a king or rosa ...
 
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f. 15v
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