Le veau d'or
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Script: Written in an elegant cursive sloping to the right with many words tied together by ligatures.
Watermarks: Paper of endleaves with unidentified armorial watermark and countermark "FIRAILLE (?) FIN BOURGOGNE 1742," unidentified; paper of the text with the Amsterdam arms and countermark "FIN DE LECHALLE (?)," unidentified.
Binding: Original mottled calf, the flat back divided into compartments by fold rules, floral ornaments gold-stamped in the compartments, modern leather title label on backstrip, original red edges; hinges, corners, and edges repaired.
In French and Latin.
Mellon MS 17, acquired with the Duveen collection. Gift of Paul and Mary Mellon, 1965.
Manuscript on paper containing 1) Le veau d'or, an unidentified alchemy in French. 2) Le rosaire des philosophes, an unidentified text incorporating many borrowings from medieval alchemy. 3) W.R., Experimentum verae confectionis philosophorum lapidis, in Latin, partly extracted from Geber and Eirenaeus Philaletha.
ff. 142 : paper ; 313 x 195 (278 x 150) mm.
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