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adammclean
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 Posted: Tue Jun 5th, 2012 03:23 pm
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The recent exhibition in the Science Museum Signs, Symbols, Secrets: an illustrated guide to alchemy, is showing what it describes as a newly discovered  Ripley scroll.

Does anyone have any details of this or images of this particular manuscript?

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 Posted: Tue Jun 5th, 2012 03:27 pm
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I managed to find this page

http://suite101.com/article/the-philosophers-stone---rare-manuscript-found-at-science-museum-a406465

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 Posted: Wed Jun 6th, 2012 01:02 pm
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Here also full-length:

http://web.orange.co.uk/news/gallery/6554/dayinphotos-20120426/8

...and a nice gallery from Wired:

http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2012-04/17/science-museum-discovers-rare-alchemy-scroll

Last edited on Wed Jun 6th, 2012 01:04 pm by Paul Ferguson

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 Posted: Thu Jun 7th, 2012 12:52 pm
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The Science Museum website has the additional information about an owner.

The names "FREND" and "J. Johannes" are written on a canvas section at the foot but these are the only clues.

Regarding the "Frend"  and "J. Johannes" we might look
to the English alchemical writer John FREIND [1675-1728] who wrote :

Praelectiones Chymicae, in quibus omnes fere Operationes Chymicae ad vera Principia et ipsius Naturae Leges rediguntur,  ann. 1704. Oxonii, in Musaeo Ashmoleano habitae. London 1709, Amsterdam 1710, Amsterdam 1718, London 1726.

Pehaps the scroll could have passed through his hands. His connection to
the Ashmolean would surely have exposed him to the Ripley Scrolls
there.

Last edited on Thu Jun 7th, 2012 12:52 pm by adammclean

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 Posted: Thu Jun 7th, 2012 01:15 pm
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The Science Museum's is obviously related to the version in the Getty Center in Los Angeles, as here it seems to be a mirrored image. In the other scrolls he is truned to the left and downward. Here is the top section of the Getty, for comparison.

Attached Image (viewed 2034 times):

Getty Ripley Scroll.jpg

Last edited on Thu Jun 7th, 2012 01:18 pm by adammclean

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 Posted: Thu Jun 7th, 2012 08:11 pm
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Paul Ferguson wrote:
Here also full-length:

http://web.orange.co.uk/news/gallery/6554/dayinphotos-20120426/8

...and a nice gallery from Wired:

http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2012-04/17/science-museum-discovers-rare-alchemy-scroll


Sorry, obviously not full-length unless Cate is 18' tall.


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