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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Select bibliography Catalogue of Additional Manuscripts: Sloane 2497-2719 (London: British Museum unpublished manuscript of unedited descriptions, no date), no. 2560 [available in The British Library Manuscripts Reading Room].

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.


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Initial and border

f. 1
Initial and border
Detail

f. 1
Detail
Detail

f. 1
Detail
 


f. 5


f. 5v


f. 6
 


f. 6


f. 6v


f. 7
 
Text page

f. 7v
Text page


f. 8


f. 8v
 


f. 9


f. 9v


f. 10
 


f. 10v


f. 11


f. 11v
 


f. 12


f. 12v


f. 13
 


f. 13v
Diagram

f. 14
Diagram
Detail

f. 14
Detail
 


f. 14v


f. 15
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 ...
 


f. 15v

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