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 Posted: Tue Sep 30th, 2008 09:24 pm
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Today I received a copy of

Norbert H. Ott and Ulrike Bodemann, Katalog der deutschsprachigen illustrierten Handschriften des Mittelalters.

In the section dealing with Alchemy I immediately noticed a manuscript of the Book of Lambspring with which I was not familiar. The Katalog  assigns it to the middle of the 16th Century.  There is also a black and white illustration of the first figure. 

Vienna, Österreichen Nationalbibliothek. MS 10102.
Mid 16th Century. Austria.

1. f1r-8v  Lamspring, "Tractatus de lapide philosophorum" [ in German].
2. f9r-10v Alchemistische Rezepte [in Latin and German].

 

The earliest manuscript of the Lambspring to which I have access is that from 1607

Salzburg Universitätsbibliothek. MS. M I 92.

Lamspring Nobilis Germani et Philosophi antiqui Libellus, De Lapide Philosophico.
Ex Germanicis rythmis carmine latino redditus per Nicolaum Majum... Anno 1607.

The illustration in the 1607 Salzburg is clearly derived from the Vienna.

 

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 Posted: Tue Sep 30th, 2008 10:39 pm
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In your database at:

http://www.levity.com/alchemy/almss26.html

you have:

2873. Vienna, Österreichen Nationalbibliothek MS. 11347 [Rec. 1387.] 171 folios. Paper. Quarto. 16th Century.

9. f67-77 Lambspring, Philosophia vom Stain der Weisen.

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 Posted: Tue Sep 30th, 2008 11:28 pm
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According to the  Katalog der deutschsprachigen illustrierten Handschriften des Mittelalters, Vienna, Österreichen Nationalbibliothek MS. 11347 is late 16th century.

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adammclean wrote:
According to the  Katalog der deutschsprachigen illustrierten Handschriften des Mittelalters, Vienna, Österreichen Nationalbibliothek MS. 11347 is late 16th century.

I assume this is the Triga Chemica of 1599, which does not have any illustrations.

The Triga Chemica is available as a free download from:

http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=fSaE2RWn2dIC&pg=PA11&lpg=PA11&dq="lambspringk"&source=web&ots=d9xruimia6&sig=SmRyjOEpFeTkJBLb24s5OafOERE&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=1&ct=result#PPA18,M1

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 Posted: Wed Oct 1st, 2008 12:28 pm
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Paul Ferguson wrote:
I assume this is the Triga Chemica of 1599, which does not have any illustrations.


Yes. The Lambspring text with the well known set of engravings was published in

Johann Grasshof.  Dyas chymica tripartita, Frankfurt, 1625.

and in another alchemical compendium of the same year

Musæum Hermeticum, Frankfurt, 1625.

Thus the Book of Lambspring is usually thought of as a 1620's work, but it obviously existed in manuscript form many decades earlier, and even towards the middle of the 16th century if we accept the dating of the Katalog der deutschsprachigen illustrierten Handschriften des Mittelalters.

The origins of this text and images, would make an interesting study. Perhaps some other manuscripts remain to be uncovered.

 

 

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Indeed I have just found another Lambspring manuscript in the Katalog der deutschsprachigen illustrierten Handschriften des Mittelalters.

Nurnberg, Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Hs 16752

1578-1588 Strassburg.

Item 8. f 51r-67r Lamspring Tractatus de lapide philosophorum [in German].

[With series of coloured drawings].

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I find it interesting that the "late sixteenth-century" MS. of Lambspringk's De lapide philosophico is in Vienna. The editor of the Triga chemica, Nicolas Barnaud, was in Prague in the 1590s and collected manuscripts there. There are several references to Barnaud in R.J.W. Evans's Rudolf II and His World. Cultural connections between Prague and Vienna in those days are well known.

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Tom Willard wrote: Cultural connections between Prague and Vienna in those days are well known.

I wonder if the reason why these items are in the Österreichische Nationalbibliothek is due to the fact that a large part of the libraries of the Habsburg monarchs seems to have ended up there. It cetainly holds a considerable number of important alchemical manuscripts. Now, I wonder if there might not be a study (say an article) on the alchemical manuscripts in the Österreichische Nationalbibliothek.  Surely someone  has been there and done that.

 

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That was my guess. In the same way, much of Rudolf's art collection wound up on the other side of the Ringstrasse, at Vienna's Kunsthistorische Museum.

Maybe Joachim Telle has written something about alchemical books in Vienna? He edited the "Sol et luna" MS., which, I think, was from the same collection as the De lapide philosophico.

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adammclean wrote:


The earliest manuscript of the Lambspring to which I have access is that from 1607

Salzburg Universitätsbibliothek. MS. M I 92.

Lamspring Nobilis Germani et Philosophi antiqui Libellus, De Lapide Philosophico.
Ex Germanicis rythmis carmine latino redditus per Nicolaum Majum... Anno 1607.

The illustration in the 1607 Salzburg is clearly derived from the Vienna.

 


Now digitized at:

http://www.ubs.sbg.ac.at/sosa/handschriften/MI92/mI92digi.htm

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