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Title: Manly Palmer Hall collection of alchemical manuscripts
Dates: 1500-1825
Number: 950053
Creator/Collector: Hall, Manly P. (Manly Palmer)
Extent: 7.5 Linear Feet (243 vols.)
Abstract: A collection of 243 manuscripts detailing the arts of Alchemy, Hermeticism, Rosicrucianism, and Masonry, gathered by Manly Palmer Hall, author and researcher in the realms of mysticism and the occult.
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Language: Collection material is in Latin
Repository: The Getty Research Institute
Special Collections
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
Los Angeles 90049-1688
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URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10020/askref
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Author: Trevor Bond.

Biographical/Historical Note

Manley Hall was born in 1901,in Peterborough, Canada, to William S. and Louise Palmer Hall. The Hall family moved to the United States in 1904 and lived for a time in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Manly Hall settled in Los Angeles in 1919.

As a young man he became interested in occult matters. He subsequently joined a number of societies, among them the Theosophical Society, the Freemasons, the Societas Rosecruciana in Civitatibus Foederatis, and the American Federation of Astrologers.

In 1922 Manly Hall wrote his first book on philosophy/religion, Initiates of the Flame. According to Hall, he began collecting works on mysticism and the esoteric sciences: "late in the fall of 1922, the plan for a comprehensive work on the symbolism of western mystical societies began to take shape in my mind. It soon became apparent that research facilities for such a project were not available in Southern California... The only answer was to contact antiquarian book dealers and elict their cooperation in the search for the items desired." The collection of books and manuscripts which Hall purchased, primarily in the 1920s and 1930s, became the basis for his own research and the cornerstone of the Philosophical Research Society's holdings.

Ordained to the ministry in 1923, Hall became minister to an occult/metaphysical congregation. As the leader of the Church of the People, Hall started a magazine titled the All Seeing Eye. In 1928 Hall published his extensive work An Encyclopedic Outline of Masonic, Hermetic, Qabbalistic, and Rosicrucian Symbolical Philosophy.

In 1934 Hall founded the Philosophical Research Society, a research institute modeled on the ancient school of Phythagoras. 1935 marked the ground breaking for the first building of the complex. Major additions to the Philosophical Research Society came in 1950 and 1959. Hall delivered weekly lectures and continued writing on mystical topics. By 1940, Hall is said to have delivered over 7,000 lectures.

1944 was the year of the first printing of Hall's book, Secret Destiny of America, apparently an expansion of a lecture he gave in 1942. The Philosophical Library edition of Secret Destiny of America was published in 1958. And in 1986 Hall completed his book the Rosicrucians and Magister Christoph Schlegel: Hermetic Roots of America.

Manly Hall died in California. During his life he wrote over 50 books and hundreds of shorter works.


Scope and Content of Collection

The collection contains 243 manuscripts, some only a few pages, bound in 68 volumes which detail the arts of Alchemy, Hermeticism, Rosicrucianism, and Masonry. Highlights of this collection include: a twenty-one foot long Ripley Scroll, a heavily illustrated manuscript that records an alchemical poem by Ripley (George Ripley d. 1490); a 17th-century French manuscript copy of Michael Maier's "Atalanta Fugiens" with emblematic and mystical drawings and illuminations after Jacob Böhme; an 18th-century Pennsylvania Dutch manuscript of Rosicrucian cosmological charts and symbolic images; two triangular masonic manuscripts; two independent collections, the first named for Dr. Sigismund Bacstrom, who gathered together an assortment of manuscripts from the 16th to the early 19th century, many of which he translated into English, the second collection, attributed to Count Cagliostro, contains thirty manuscripts bound in one volume.

Arrangement note

Arranged in one series according to Hall's inventory list and using the manuscript numbering from Hogart's bibliography of the Manly P. Hall collection of books and mauscripts.

Numbers in brackets following item descriptions refer to the numbering in Hogart's bibliography of the Manly P. Hall collection of books and mauscripts


Restrictions

Access

Open for use by qualified researchers; original Ripley scroll, and Ms. 209, and Ms. 210 are restricted; surrogate photographic copies available.

Publication Rights

Contact Library Reproductions and Permissions.


Indexing Terms

Subjects - Topics

Alchemy
Hermetism
Masonry
Occultism
Rosicrucians

Subjects - Titles

Atalanta fugiens
Ripley scroll

Genres and Forms of Material

Scroll (information artifact)

Contributors

Bacstrom, Sigismond
Böhme, Jakob
Cagliostro, Alessandro, conte di
Hall, Manly P. (Manly Palmer)
Maier, Michael
Ripley, George

Related Material

224 printed books were transferred to the library on June 6, 1995.

Digitized Collection Materials

Selected items from the collection were digitized in 2010 and are available online.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Manly Palmer Hall collection of alchemical manuscripts, 1500-1825, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, Accession no. 950053.

http://hdl.handle.net/10020/cifa950053

Acquisition Information

Acquired in 1995.

Processing History

Trevor Bond processed the collection January 1998 and wrote the finding aid March 1998


Container List

Manly Palmer Hall collection of alchemical manuscripts
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1 ... Livre des figures... ca. 1800
... Livre des figures...: ca. 1800

Abraham Juif. 22.5 x 16.3 cm. 139 leaves. Illustrations ink, some pastel-colored. [3]
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2 Explication et figure, hieroglifique du livre d'or des divins secrets d'abraham le Juif prince et prestre des Levites astrologue et philosophe de la nation des Juifs disperèe par l'Ire de dieu parmy les gaules, salut ca. 1700
Explication et figure, hieroglifique du livre d'or des divins secrets d'abraham le Juif prince et prestre des Levites astrologue et philosophe de la nation des Juifs disperèe par l'Ire de dieu parmy les gaules, salut: ca. 1700

Abraham Juif. 15.5 x 9.9 cm. 86 leaves. Illustration opposite title page. [4]
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3 ... De Arte divina & sacra, sine Aenigmate tradita & del praxin conscripta ca. 1700
... De Arte divina & sacra, sine Aenigmate tradita & del praxin conscripta: ca. 1700

Anonymous. 33.5 x 22 cm. 49 leaves. Illustrations, watercolor. [14]
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4 Das Buch mit Sieben Siegeln ca. 1700
Das Buch mit Sieben Siegeln: ca. 1700

Anonymous. 25.4 x 20.8 cm. 5 volumes. 296 leaves. Illustrations, watercolor, ink. Some plates missing. Originally in one volume. Hall had the manuscript disbound and separated into its present 5 volumes. [19]
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5 F. de La Rose-croix ca. 1700
F. de La Rose-croix: ca. 1700

Anonymous. 32.4 x 21.6 cm. 11 leaves. Illustrations, watercolor. [24]
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6 flambeaux des vrais rosecroix, ou des Sages ca. 1700
flambeaux des vrais rosecroix, ou des Sages: ca. 1700

Anonymous. 37.2 x 24.8 cm. 57 leaves. Illustrations, watercolor, ink. [26]
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7 Le Grand Livre des Pantacles ca. 1700
Le Grand Livre des Pantacles: ca. 1700

Anonymous. 26.3 x 20.5 cm. 27 leaves. Illustrations, watercolor, ink. Written in Rosicrucian characters. [29]
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8 De Mirabilibus naturae arcanis. Traduit du Latin en francais par Gobreau 1773
De Mirabilibus naturae arcanis. Traduit du Latin en francais par Gobreau: 1773

Anonymous. Translation by Gobreau. 16 x 10.3 cm. 16 leaves. [36]
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9 Occulta Philosophia Von den verborgenen Philosophischen Geheimnüssen, und Lapidis Philosophorum... ca. 1700
Occulta Philosophia Von den verborgenen Philosophischen Geheimnüssen, und Lapidis Philosophorum...: ca. 1700

Anonymous. 20.3 x 16.3 cm. In two sections: first 128 pages, second 67 pages. Illustrations, ink. [39]
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10 Operation sur le Zinc selon l'intention de Respours et de Delogues, pour en tirer l'esprit mineral et en fair le sujet du grand ouvre, Combinée at Commantée pour M... Anonime ca. 1700
Operation sur le Zinc selon l'intention de Respours et de Delogues, pour en tirer l'esprit mineral et en fair le sujet du grand ouvre, Combinée at Commantée pour M... Anonime: ca. 1700

Anonymous. 23.2 x 17.9 cm. 48 leaves. [40]
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11 Rozaire des Philosophes ca. 1700
Rozaire des Philosophes: ca. 1700

Anonymous. 23.3 x 17.7 cm. 168 leaves. Illustrations, ink. [49]
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12 Sapientia Veterum ca. 1700
Sapientia Veterum: ca. 1700

Anonymous. 34.5 x 26.7 cm. 14 leaves. Illustrations, watercolor. [50]
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13 Traité de CHymie ca. 1700
Traité de Chymie: ca. 1700

Anonymous. 32.3 x 21.2 cm. 8 leaves. Illustrations, ink, watercolor. Bound with "Anatomia Magica Vocabuli Mercurio," (Ms 11) and "Abbé de Galifet Secretz," (Ms 143). Written in symbolic characters. [57]
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14 Les Vaisseaux D'Hermes ca. 1700
Les Vaisseaux D'Hermes: ca. 1700

Anonymous. 27.1 x 19.3 cm. 5 leaves. Illustrations, watercolor. [58]
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15 Veritables Adeptes, Illuminées et Initiés de l'Hermétisme ca. 1700
Veritables Adeptes, Illuminées et Initiés de l'Hermétisme: ca. 1700

Anonymous. 21.7 x 17.9 cm. 72 leaves. Blue paper. [60]
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16 Untitled ca. 1600
Anonymous. 25.8 x 19.2 cm. 15 leaves. Illustrations, ink, watercolor. [69]
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17 "Cabala" ca. 1700
"Cabala": ca. 1700

Anonymous. 34.5 x 26.5 cm. 9 leaves. No text. Illustrations, watercolor. [71]
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18 Bacstrom Collection of Manuscripts ca. 1700
Most manuscripts copied and translated in English from earlier works between 1790-1808 by Dr. Sigismund Bacstrom. 21.4 x 17.7 cm. 19 volumes. Some volumes contain illustrations, ink, watercolor. All volumes are uniformly bound. Following is a brief listing of the contents of each volume, including author information, when known. [102]
18 Vol. 1: 9 works
Vol. 1: 9 works

Including one each by W. De Cones and George Ripley. Illustrated, watercolor frontispiece.
18 Vol. 2: 10 works
Vol. 2: 10 works

Including one by H. Nollius and four by S. Bacstrom. Illustrated, watercolor frontispiece.
18 Vol. 3: 7 works
Vol. 3: 7 works

Including two by E. Gobineau de Montluisant, one each by D. J. Wallachin, and W. Blomefeeld. Illustrated, watercolor frontispiece.
18 Vol. 4: 1 work 1791
Vol. 4: 1 work: 1791

Letters to the Rosey Crucian Society attriubuted to M. Sendivogius. Translated by Dr. Sibly. Illustrations, ink, watercolor.
18 Vol. 5: 9 works 1723
Vol. 5: 9 works: 1723

Including one by J. de Monte Raphaim.
18 Vol. 6: 19 works
Vol. 6: 19 works

Including one each by Paracelsus, Alexis Piemontese, Baro Urbigerus, Ford, S. Trismosin, and Abraham Eleazar.
18 Vol. 7: 10 works
Vol. 7: 10 works

Including one each by J. Langelott, Paracelsus, J. Helvetius and three by von Suchten. Illustrated, watercolor frontispiece.
18 Vol. 8: 16 works
Vol. 8: 16 works

Including one each by J. G. Jugel, Neuman, K. Digby, and Abbé Rousseau, H. von Batsdorff, J. J. Beccher, W. von Schroeder and Leona Constantia, and two by Trismosin.
18 Vol. 9: 8 works
Vol. 9: 8 works

Including one each by G. von Welling, and Paracelsus. Illustrated, watercolor frontispiece.
18 Vol. 10: 7 works 1577
Vol. 10: 7 works: 1577

Including one each by M. Fachsen, D. Beuther, J. Sternhals, and S. Norton. Illustrated, watercolor frontispiece.
18 Vol. 11: 9 works
Vol. 11: 9 works

Including one each by S. Norton, V. Koffsky, G. von Welling, Ali Puli, and C. F. de Sabor. Illustrated, ink frontispiece.
18 Vol 12: 9 works
Vol 12: 9 works

Illustrated, watercolor frontispiece.
18 Vol 13: 5 works
Vol 13: 5 works

Including two by P. Poney, and one by Neptis. Illustrated, watercolor frontispiece.
18 Vol 14: 20 works
Vol 14: 20 works

Including one each by J. Yardley, St. Dunstan, J. Gier, C. Horn, C. Stella, Dippelius, Chrysogonus, J. d'Espagnet, and Eirenaeus Philalethes. Illustrated, watercolor frontispiece.
18 Vol 15: 1 work
Vol 15: 1 work

Illustrated, watercolor frontispiece.
18 Vol 16: 3 works by Bernard of Treves
Vol 16: 3 works by Bernard of Treves

18 Vol 17: 6 works
Vol 17: 6 works

Including one each by A. Bëyer, and Leona Constantia. Illustrated, watercolor frontispiece.
18 Vol 18: 3 works
Vol 18: 3 works

18 Vol 19: 1 work: Diploma Bacstrom
Vol 19: 1 work: Diploma Bacstrom

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19 Basilii Valentini Via Veritatis ex MSCP to 1500... ca. 1700
Basilii Valentini Via Veritatis ex MSCP to 1500...: ca. 1700

Basil Valentine. 37.6 x 24 cm. 53 leaves. [107]
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20 Collection of manuscripts in Cagliostro's library ca. 1775
Collection of manuscripts in Cagliostro's library: ca. 1775

Conti de Alessandron Cagliostro, pseud. Guiseppe Balsamo. 23 x 20.2 cm. 927 leaves. Illustrations, ink. Engravings. The collection contains 30 manuscripts listed in a table of contents, including works by Basil Valentine, J. Colleson, Antoine Joseph Pernety, de Vallemont, Bernard Carictheres, Rhomaeus Agricola, Nicholas Flamel, Jean d'Espagnet, David L'Agneau, Quesnot, and a translation by Michael Maier. [119]
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21 La Boussole Des Argonautes faite avec l'acier et l'aymant Des Sages Pourfaictement Despéinte, sous loedipe Hermetique Dans Les Deux Entretiens D'Artiste avec Lupin Par fratris Canino fait coppie a Marseille Le quatre Janvier 1715
La Boussole Des Argonautes faite avec l'acier et l'aymant Des Sages Pourfaictement Despéinte, sous loedipe Hermetique Dans Les Deux Entretiens D'Artiste avec Lupin Par fratris Canino fait coppie a Marseille Le quatre Janvier: 1715

Fr. Canino. 22.8 x 16.8 cm. 44 leaves. [120]
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22 "Prima medicina nostra ex natura est composita" 1606
"Prima Medicina nostra ex Natura est composita": circa 1700

Claudio de Dominico Celentano. 29.5 x 21.9 cm. 52 leaves. Illustrations, watercolor. [123] For the date of the manuscript, see the note by the author: Finished at Naples on the 21st day of the month of November, 1606. Edited by me, Claudio de Dominico Celentano di Valle Nove.
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23 La nature à découvert par le Chevalier inconnu ca. 1700
La nature à découvert par le Chevalier inconnu: ca. 1700

P. Fabre. 16.2 x 11.8 cm. 81 leaves. [134]
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24 Science D'alchymie ou Secret de la pierre des Philosophes Expliqué dans Les Lavures de Nicolas flamel Ecrivain de la parroisse Saint Jacques de La Boucherie à Paris 1767
Science D'alchymie ou Secret de la pierre des Philosophes Expliqué dans Les Lavures de Nicolas flamel Ecrivain de la parroisse Saint Jacques de La Boucherie à Paris: 1767

Nicolas Flamel. 22.6 x 17.2 cm. 65 leaves. [139]
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25 Premier Traitté De Nicolas Grosparmy De Normandie Fait le 29 decembre en l'ánnée 1449
Premier Traitté De Nicolas Grosparmy De Normandie Fait le 29 decembre en l'ánnée 1449

Copié a Paris au mois de May 1736. Nicolas Grosparmy. 23.2 x 18.4 cm. 55 leaves. [149]
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26 Die Leiter der Weisen oder Die Philosophie der Alten... ca. 1700
Die Leiter der Weisen oder Die Philosophie der Alten...: ca. 1700

B. C. van Helpen. Translated by H. von Kossel. 32.8 x 21.5 cm. 114 leaves. [153]
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27 Atalanta Fugiens ca. 1600
Atalanta Fugiens: ca. 1600

Michael Maier. 32.3 x 21.2 cm. 48 leaves. Illustrations, watercolor. [170]
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28 Livre de frere Michel, Adulphus Jacobin du convent de Troyes ca. 1700
Livre de frere Michel, Adulphus Jacobin du convent de Troyes: ca. 1700

Michael Adolphus. 32.4 x 21.2 cm. 17 leaves. Illustrations. Bound with "Les Aventures du philosophe," (Ms 16); "Douz Clefs" by Basil Valentine, (Ms 104); "L'explication des figures," (Ms 137); "Thresor de Philosophie," (Ms 140); "Tresor de Tresors" by Christofle de Gamon, (Ms 144); "Petit commentaire" by Hortulanus, (Ms 158); and "Exposition particuleire" by Salomon Trismosin, (Ms 228). [172]
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29 Le Manuscrit de Marie La Prophétesse Traitan de la Secrète Préparation de la Matiere de la Pierre des Philosophes ca. 1700
Le Manuscrit de Marie La Prophétesse Traitan de la Secrète Préparation de la Matiere de la Pierre des Philosophes: ca. 1700

Mariam the Prophetess. 21.6 x 14.1 cm. 10 leaves. Contains translation. [173]
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30 Universal P. & Augment ca. 1700
Universal P. & Augment: ca. 1700

Ignatius Adolphus de Mussy. 15.6 x 20 cm. 16 leaves. Illustrations, watercolor, gilt. Contains translation. [175]
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31 ...Collectaneorum et Propriarum quarundam Inventionum Joannis Jacobi Olben Inchoatus Anno Salutis humanae 1669
...Collectaneorum et Propriarum quarundam Inventionum Joannis Jacobi Olben Inchoatus Anno Salutis humanae: 1669

Johannes Jacob Olben. 30.4 x 20.4. 97 leaves. Illustrations, ink. [181]
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32 La Prophetie du Docteur Philipe Theophraste Paracelse Touchant Le Lion Septentrional
La Prophetie du Docteur Philipe Theophraste Paracelse Touchant Le Lion Septentrional

Paracels us. 20.4 x 15.4 cm. 3 leaves. Contains translation. [187]
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33* The Ripley Scroll ca. 1600
The Ripley Scroll: ca. 1600

George Ripley. 18 in. x 20 ft. Illustrations, watercolor. [205]. Original restricted.
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34 "No. Soixante & Seize" De la collection maconnique du F... Ex Dono Sapientissimi Comitis St. Germain Qui Orben Terrarum Per Cucurrit ca. 1775
"No. Soixante & Seize" De la collection maconnique du F... Ex Dono Sapientissimi Comitis St. Germain Qui Orben Terrarum Per Cucurrit: ca. 1775

Comte St. Germain. 28.4 x 23.9 cm. 31 leaves. Illustrations, ink, gilt. Contains translation of Masonic symbols. Triangular book. [209]. Original restricted.
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35 Ex Dono Sapientissimi Comitis St. Germain Qoi Orbem Terrarum Per Cucurrit ca. 1750
Ex Dono Sapientissimi Comitis St. Germain Qoi Orbem Terrarum Per Cucurrit: ca. 1750

Comte St. Germain. 28.4 x 22 cm. 24 leaves. Illustrations, ink, gilt. Contains translation of Masonic symbols. Triangular book. [210]. Original restricted.
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36 Nouvelle lumiere de Medecine du Mistere ... De Joachim Soleman, Traduit du Latin 1721
Joachim Soleman. 22.1 x 14.4 cm. 30 leaves. Lavender paper. [215]
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37 La Philosophe Solidonius Le premier qui a sceu accorder les quatre elemens, favorise de Dieu et chéri de la Nature ca. 1700
La Philosophe Solidonius Le premier qui a sceu accorder les quatre elemens, favorise de Dieu et chéri de la Nature: ca. 1700

Albert Poisson. Translated by Solidonius. 23.2 x 18.9 cm. 84 leaves. Illustrations, watercolor. Contains translation. Bound with "La Philosophe Solidonius," (Ms 216). [216]
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38 In Cruce cum Sphaera. En! venit sapientia vera. Post Cruces Luces, post Nubila Jubila surgunt ca. 1600
In Cruce cum Sphaera. En! venit sapientia vera. Post Cruces Luces, post Nubila Jubila surgunt: ca. 1600

Salomon Trismosin. 23.2 x 1 8.9 cm. 28 leaves. Illustrations, watercolor. Contains translation. [230]
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39 La Toyson D'or. L. J., Visita Interiora Terrae Rectificando Invenies Ocultum Lapidem ca. 1600
La Toyson D'or. L. J., Visita Interiora Terrae Rectificando Invenies Ocultum Lapidem: ca. 1600

Salomon Trismosin. 32.3 x 21.2 cm. 49 leaves. Illustrations, ink. [232]
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40 Hebdomas hebdomadum kabalistarum, Magorum Brachmarum Antiquorumque omnium sapientium, secreta misteria continens 1700
Hebdomas hebdomadum kabalistarum, Magorum Brachmarum Antiquorumque omnium sapientium, secreta misteria continens: 1700

Nicolas de Valois. 20 x 16.1 cm. 52 leaves. Illustrations, ink. [237]
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41 Sophismes des adeptes composez par ces mêmes adeptes pour cacher la veritable medicine universelle ou la pierre philosophale... 1700
Sophismes des adeptes composez par ces mêmes adeptes pour cacher la veritable medicine universelle ou la pierre philosophale...: 1700

Jean Lucas de Vipalta. 23.3 x 18 cm. 32 leaves. [239]
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42 Trávail des femmes ca. 1700
Trávail des femmes: ca. 1700

Anonymous. 15.9 x 9.6 cm. 65 leaves. Bound with "Petit traité," (Ms 76); "Avant propos," by Barile (Ms 103); "L'oeuvre universel," by Basil Valentine (Ms. 105); "Poème philosophique," by Hesteau (Ms 156); "Vadé mécum," (Ms 169). [56]
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43* "The Böhme Manuscripts"
"The Böhme Manuscripts"

Anonymous. 52 x 37.4 cm. 19 leaves. Illustrations, watercolor, ink. [17]
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44* Physica Metaphysica et Hyperphysica ca. 1700
Physica Metaphysica et Hyperphysica: ca. 1700

Anonymous. 54.1 x 30.6 cm. 16 leaves. Illustrations, ink. [45]
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45* Untitled ca. 1700
Untitled: ca. 1700

Anonymous. 33.5 x 24.6 cm. 15 leaves. Illustrations, watercolor. [70]