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Carl Lavoie
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 Posted: Tue Feb 11th, 2014 03:55 am
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Leafing through Private Book Collectors in the United States and Canada (10th ed., New York 1953), in the section ‘Lists by hobbies’, I noted these names under ‘Alchemy’ :

Edelstein, Sydney M. 11 Salem Park, Elizabeth NJ
Kelley, Louis D. 159 Elm St. Braintree Mass.
Shutter, John C. 2139 Gladstone Ave. Louisville, KY
Sy, Albert P. 219 Crescent Ave. Buffalo, NY
Trueb, H. N. 455 W. Arbutus St. Compton, Calif.

I thought it quaint to give your postal address like that, but I guess that in the early fifties, how else are you going to correspond with collectors with shared interests? Anyway, the first on the list bequeathed his collection :

http://web.nli.org.il/sites/NLI/English/collections/Humanities/edelstein/Pages/Edelstein-Collection.aspx

The second last penned a painfully philistine paper for The Colophon in 1935, but for the whereabouts of his collection, I can’t tell.



Where did his and the other’s alchemica ended up ?
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 Posted: Tue Feb 11th, 2014 04:22 am
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Fascinating. Just a wild guess: could it be the hermaphrodite (Mercury + Venus)?

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Tom Willard wrote:
Fascinating. Just a wild guess: could it be the hermaphrodite (Mercury + Venus)?

Wrong thread Tom ;)

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Carl Lavoie wrote:
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Leafing through Private Book Collectors in the United States and Canada (10th ed., New York 1953), in the section ‘Lists by hobbies’, I noted these names under ‘Alchemy’ :

Edelstein, Sydney M. 11 Salem Park, Elizabeth NJ
Kelley, Louis D. 159 Elm St. Braintree Mass.
Shutter, John C. 2139 Gladstone Ave. Louisville, KY
Sy, Albert P. 219 Crescent Ave. Buffalo, NY
Trueb, H. N. 455 W. Arbutus St. Compton, Calif.

I thought it quaint to give your postal address like that, but I guess that in the early fifties, how else are you going to correspond with collectors with shared interests? Anyway, the first on the list bequeathed his collection :

http://web.nli.org.il/sites/NLI/English/collections/Humanities/edelstein/Pages/Edelstein-Collection.aspx

The second last penned a painfully philistine paper for The Colophon in 1935, but for the whereabouts of his collection, I can’t tell.



Where did his and the other’s alchemica ended up ?
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Sy was Professor of Chemistry at the University in Buffalo and I imagine his books went to their library at his death.

Kelley seems to have been an interesting man:

"Dr. Gomatos inherited the collection from his godfather, Louis D. Kelley, a self-educated Greek immigrant who became fluent in ancient and Demotic Greek, Latin, French, and English. Kelley’s passion for language led him to acquire thousands of old and rare books from auctions, bookstores, and other private collectors."

http://connect.marymount.edu/news/mutoday/65/gomatos.html

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 Posted: Wed Feb 12th, 2014 02:34 pm
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The Edelstein collection contains a manuscript of the Crowing of Nature.

Jerusalem, Hebrew University, Sidney Edelstein Foundation Library. MS. 3.

Somewhere I have transcript of the alchemical manuscripts in his collection.

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There are eight manuscripts in the Edelstein collection. He obviously felt attracted to manuscripts with illustrations.

Jerusalem, The Hebrew University , Sidney Edelstein Foundation Library. MS. 1. , 18th Century [1771] , 1 + 40 + 1 folios; 2 + 28 + 2 folios; 15 + 2 folios (in three volumes) , Basilius Valentinus.
1. Das 1ste Buch Via Veritatis. Dass ist: Aufrichtiger [St]egweiler, oder die Strasse der Wahrheit. Fr. Basilii Valentini Benedictiner Orteus. Geheime Miisteria, welche handeln von der Herrlichen Gabe Gottes, der Mineral= und Metallischen Bluehme, und Universal=Brunnen, das allergroesste Geheimniss, der Lieben Alten, welches ich mir zum Fundament vorgeschrieben. Erster Theil.
Das Andere Buch... Miisterinn Nature de Lapide Vegetabili oder figendlich von der hoechsten Arztney aus dem Weinstock Denn mit angefuegt Der Lapis Animales oder Microcosmus...
Zweiiter Theile... Via per Saxa, et Inonem. Handelt von dem Weissen= Adlers= Bluden. Der weissen Phil.= Bluehme, und rothen Lowen= Blute; Mit welchen im kurtzen wege, nehmlich trocken Violento Modo in geschirre, in freyen offnen, auf dem alle hoechsten grad die R. ausgearbeitet wird. Gelehrt und beschrieben von Fr. Basilii Valentini. In unsern Closter St. Petri Anno Domini 1483. Extrahirt und zusammengetragen von Theodorun Friedrich Petri. 1771.
2. Tabula Smaragdina.

Jerusalem, The Hebrew University , Sidney Edelstein Foundation Library. MS. 2. , Late 16th Century , 97 + 15 folios. , Miles Blomefield.
1. A Compendious brefe upon ye Phylosophers Ston sent unto Kynge Edawrde the fowerth ffrom Lorayne.
2. [The Latin Preface to Norton's Ordinall.]
[The English Preface to Norton's Ordinall.]
Norton's Ordinall.
3. A propre breefe metre of the Phylosophers Stone Gatherede by me Myles Blomefylde suppose / The Phylosophers Stone ye secrets doth dysclose.
4. A Pystle Conteyning In a propre mysteyre ye craft of ye Phylosophers Stonne M.B.
[6 pen and watercolour drawings.]

Jerusalem, The Hebrew University , Sidney Edelstein Foundation Library. MS. 3. , 17th Century. , 3 + 67 + 3 folios. , The Crowne of Nature or the doctrine of the souereigne medecene declared in 67 Hieroglyphycall figurs by a nameless Author. With 41 explanations for the helpe of the Searchers of nature by the same Author. [Crowning of Nature series, with 69 coloured drawings.]

Jerusalem, The Hebrew University , Sidney Edelstein Foundation Library. MS. 4. , 18th Century. [28/7/1797.] , 71 pages + 2 folios. , [Mary the Jewess].
Transmutation.
[Coloured drawing of alchemist's furnace on the recto of the last leaf.]

Jerusalem, The Hebrew University , Sidney Edelstein Foundation Library. MS. 5. , Early 16th Century. , 53 folios. , Qui desiderant artis philosophice. [8 full page coloured illustrations.]
[The first 5 1/4 pages conform to the text of 'Rosarius Philosophorum' printed in the Bibliotheca chimica curiosa, Vol. II, pages 87-88.]
[8 full page coloured illustrations.]

Jerusalem, The Hebrew University , Sidney Edelstein Foundation Library. MS. 6. , Late 15th and Early 16th Century. , 72 + 26 folios. , Der Stir ist...
1. f1r-3v [Astrological notes.]
2. f4r-40v [A collection, in German, of chemical recipes and processes, follows approximately the 'Alchimi und Bergwerck', printed in 1534.]
3. f40r-41r [Chemical operations in Latin, ending 'Explicit libri Alberti Mag[ni] ann dm. 1472'.]
4. f41r-43r [Index to the above treatise.]
5. f43r-57v [Recipes in German and Latin.]
6. f57v-72v [Dyeing and textile recipes.]
7. f73-82 [Manufacture of firearms and gunpowder - in different hand.]
8. f83-99 [Assaying of gold and silver.]
[30 ink drawings in the text.]

Jerusalem, The Hebrew University , Sidney Edelstein Foundation Library. MS. 7. , 16th Century. 1554. , 1 folio + 329 pages + 2 folios. , Testament oder Morgen Roethe und Heiligen blutigen Steinem in demn alla glanzenden Crystallingen Sulfurigen durchscheibe und Salis Petra Philosophorum von Niter. [An anthology of alchemical works and commentaries. 14 ink figures in the text.]

Jerusalem, The Hebrew University , Sidney Edelstein Foundation Library. MS. 8. , 17th Century [c. 1600.] , 4 + 100 folios. , Trois anciens traictez de la philosophie naturelle.
1. Les Sept chapitrez dorez, ou bien Les Sept Sceaux Egyptiens et la table d'emeraude d'Hermes trismegiste.
2. La Responce de Messire Bernard Comte de la Marche Treuisane a Thomas de Boulogne Medecin de Charles VIII.
3. Le Miroir d'Alchimie de Jean de Mehun Philosophe tres excellent. Et Plus petit commentaire de l'Hortulain Philosophe dict des Jardins maritimes sur la table d'esmeraude d'Hermes. Le Livre des Secrets d'Alquimie de Calid.
[Copperplate portrait pasted on verso of first folio. 17 line drawings in text.]

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The last title...

MS. 8. , 17th Century [c. 1600.] , 4 + 100 folios. , Trois anciens traictez de la philosophie naturelle.


1. Les Sept chapitrez dorez, ou bien Les Sept Sceaux Egyptiens et la table d'emeraude d'Hermes trismegiste.
2. La Responce de Messire Bernard Comte de la Marche Treuisane a Thomas de Boulogne Medecin de Charles VIII.
3. Le Miroir d'Alchimie de Jean de Mehun Philosophe tres excellent. Et Plus petit commentaire de l'Hortulain Philosophe dict des Jardins maritimes sur la table d'esmeraude d'Hermes. Le Livre des Secrets d'Alquimie de Calid.


... seems to have made it to print, with Augurelle replacing Jean de Meung.

http://books.google.ca/books?id=-2U6AAAAcAAJ&pg=PA42&lpg=PA42&dq=trois+anciens+trait%C3%A9s+philosophie+naturelle&source=bl&ots=9Kmf6gdqSo&sig=0utR-MWd8kQRGDjsGxf1r2aMSnw&hl=fr&sa=X&ei=l5v7Us7fB6WF2QWyzYCgBw&ved=0CC4Q6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=trois%20anciens%20trait%C3%A9s%20philosophie%20naturelle&f=false
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