Copy of a French manuscript and an English translation purported to be the last will and testament of Nicolas Flamel originally written by him in 1414 (p. 1), but most likely composed in the 18th century. The introduction states that the manuscript from which it was copied was originally written backwards to make it more difficult to decipher (p. 1).
Purchased with support from the B. H. Breslauer Foundation.
99 leaves : paper; 175 x 111 mm bound to 174 x 112 mm
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.; Owned by the 2nd through 12th Dukes of Northumberland, ms. 623, Alnwick Castle, Northumberland, 1809-2014.; Sold at auction at Sotheby's (London), 15 July 2014, as part of Lot 411.
Northumberland, Hugh Percy, Duke of, 1742-1817, former owner.; Rainsford, Charles, 1728-1809, former owner.
Charles Rainsford Collection of Alchemical and Occult Manuscripts (University of Pennsylvania)
Ms. codex.; Pagination: Paper, 99 leaves; 46 manuscript leaves interleaved with 53 leaves of blotting paper; [1-92]; modern pagination in pencil, lower outer corners of manuscript leaves. Pages 71-92 are blank. Irregular contemporary pagination in ink, upper outer corners. All references in this record are to modern pagination.; Title supplied by cataloger.; English and French.