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Paul Ferguson
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 Posted: Tue Feb 5th, 2013 12:53 am
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The Bulletin du Bibliophile for 1892 (pages 183-185 here: http://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k58202858/f189.image.r=Bulletin%20du%20Bibliophile%201892.langFR ) mentions an alchemical manuscript in 53 chapters on sale at Techener's bookshop in Paris:

"An MS of the 18th century, paper, red morocco, wide dentelle tooling, all edges gilt (early binding). A very interesting manuscript for enthusiasts for the Hermetic Science. Bound in the coat of arms of Madame de Beauharnais, wife of the governor of Martinique and Guadeloupe, the author is, in all probability, the Marquis de Beauharnais, father of François, who died a Peer of France in 1823, and Alexandre, the first husband of Joséphine, who was guillotined in 1794. Indeed, in the margin of the first folio of the chapter entitled 'Laboratoire' we find the legend: 'Researches by the Marquis de Beauharnais from 1765 to 1792, the 79th year of his age'."

Other chapter headings include 'Magic lutum', 'Talismanic lutum', 'Resuscitated silver of the corneous moon', 'Of the heat suitable for opening up the Egg of the Philosophers or different regimens of the Fire of the Philosophers' etc.

This would be:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_V_de_Beauharnais

Has anyone seen this manuscript or have any idea of its present whereabouts?

Last edited on Tue Feb 5th, 2013 02:37 am by Paul Ferguson

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 Posted: Wed Feb 6th, 2013 02:19 am
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I'll look it up.
This book (bottom link) has the bookplate of 'Hyacinthe Theodore, Baron', whose name comes up sometimes, with a Khunrath MS. in Glasgow (Ferguson 131), or here :

http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/books-manuscripts/alchimie-recueil-de-trois-rares-pieces-5560179-details.aspx


But the title page has a written ex libris 'Duchesse de Beau????, 1823'.

http://books.google.ca/books?id=i3QV58AdOSAC&pg=PP3&lpg=PP3&dq=biblioteca+esoterica+dorbon&source=bl&ots=TlXNPdtqQQ&sig=_AJ4_fv0LcZGSWYJOIZsnGYYjYo&hl=en&sa=X&ei=PsURUfmbCsnf0QGtrYGoAQ&ved=0CGUQ6AEwCQ

Can you read the name?
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 Posted: Wed Feb 6th, 2013 02:40 am
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Carl Lavoie wrote:
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I'll look it up.
This book has the bookplate of 'Hyacinthe Theodore, Baron', whose name comes up sometimes, with a Khunrath MS. in Glasgow (Ferguson 131), or here :

http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/books-manuscripts/alchimie-recueil-de-trois-rares-pieces-5560179-details.aspx


But the title page has a written ex libris 'Duchesse de Beau????, 1823'.

http://books.google.ca/books?id=i3QV58AdOSAC&pg=PP3&lpg=PP3&dq=biblioteca+esoterica+dorbon&source=bl&ots=TlXNPdtqQQ&sig=_AJ4_fv0LcZGSWYJOIZsnGYYjYo&hl=en&sa=X&ei=PsURUfmbCsnf0QGtrYGoAQ&ved=0CGUQ6AEwCQ

Can you read the name?
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I think it's Duchesne de Beaumanoir:

http://tinyurl.com/ahjmmkt

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 Posted: Wed Feb 6th, 2013 02:43 am
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Yes, you're right.

Has anyone seen this manuscript or have any idea of its present whereabouts?

Look here :

http://special.lib.gla.ac.uk/manuscripts/search/detail_c.cfm?ID=44352


MS Ferguson 35



Title:

Recherches... depuis 1765 jusqu'en 1792



Date of Creation:

Between 1699 and 1799



Level of Description:

Item
Part of MS Ferguson



Content:

Marquis de Beaucharnois. Recherches... depuis 1765 jusqu'en 1792. De son age la 79. [In French]. XVIIIth century.
f1 [Note by Ferguson]: 'Aux ames du marquis de La Terte-Beauharnais et de Marie-Anne Pyvart de Chastullé.'
1. f2-8 Maximes Constantes
[Notes and explanations of alchemical terms.]
2. f10-12 Laboratoire.
[At end on f12]: 'Cet article est du Philosophe Esphenor.'
3. f13-140 [Numbered as pages 1-260] Ustencilles du Laboratoire Voyes la Chimie Experimentale et Raisonne De Mr Baumé. M[aitre] apoticaire de Paris. demonstrateur En Chimie a paris, chez S[ieur].F[irmin] Didot la Jeune Libraire de la faculté de Medicine quay de augustins 1774.
[Text in 53 'articles'.]
[See Ms. 34.]
f142-146 [Table of contents of the 'articles'.]

Physical Description:

8vo. 148 folios. 19.3x12.3 cm. Red morocco

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Last edited on Wed Feb 6th, 2013 03:24 am by Carl Lavoie

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 Posted: Wed Feb 6th, 2013 02:37 pm
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That's great Carl - many thanks!

Now that really would be an interesting addition to the Magnum Opus series. I wonder if Adam can get a scan,

Paul


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