Alchemical compendium that primarily discusses metals and minerals and includes instructions for chemical experiments and processes such as the transmutation of metals or making small pearls larger (p. 241) as well as practical applications such as remedies for the pox (p. 96).
Buckingham, George Villiers, Duke of, 1628-1687.
Purchased with support from the B. H. Breslauer Foundation.
142 leaves : paper; 202 x 161 mm bound to 210 x 165 mm + 1 note
Owned by the 2nd through 12th Dukes of Northumberland, ms. 609, Alnwick Castle, Northumberland, 1809-2014 (bookplate, inside upper cover; stamps throughout).; Formerly owned by Charles Rainsford (British army officer, fellow of the Royal Society, and alchemist); bequeathed by Rainsford to Hugh Percy, Second Duke of Northumberland.; Sold at auction at Sotheby's (London), 15 July 2014, as part of Lot 411.
Rainsford, Charles, 1728-1809, former owner.; Northumberland, Hugh Percy, Duke of, 1742-1817, former owner.
Charles Rainsford Collection of Alchemical and Occult Manuscripts (University of Pennsylvania)
Title from caption title (p. 1).; Origin: Written in England in the second half of the 18th century.; Ms. codex.; Pagination: Paper, 140 leaves; [iv], 1-23, 23-84, 84-135, 126-262, [ii]; contemporary pagination in ink, upper outer corners.; Binding: Contemporary parchment. Front and back pastedowns have come loose from boards. Paper is stained and deteriorating due to moisture damage.; Decoration: Several pen and ink drawings of alchemical apparatus (p. 137, p. 153); alchemical symbols throughout.; Script: Written in a cursive script in the hand of Charles Rainsford with a note laid into the manuscript written in a second hand.; English, Latin, French, Italian, and German.