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Liber Piccatriciae.

Liber Piccatriciae.
Latin translation of an Arabic magical handbook copied from the Spanish-language version. The text is a conglomeration of older magical and astrological works and is not clearly organized, but deals primarily with subjects such as talismans, lunar phases, and zodiac signs. Sections also include practical applications for performing magic with the use of talismans and sigils. The text draws on numerous authors and traditions, with a section devoted to discussing Indian astrological and ascetic traditions (p. 168), but also references Egyptian history, Islam, and pseudo-Aristotelian works. Also includes a table of contents at the end (p. i-x).
Purchased with support from the B. H. Breslauer Foundation.
227 leaves : paper; 230 x 177 (185 x 100) mm bound to 236 x 182 mm
9962943693503681; (OCoLC)ocn913411235; (OCoLC)913411235; (PU)6294369-penndb-Voyager
Latin; Arabic
Owned by the 2nd through 12th Dukes of Northumberland, ms. 589, 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.
[France?], [between 1750 and 1799]
Alchemy -- Early works to 1800.; Alchemy.; Astrology -- Early works to 1800.; Astrology.; Astronomy -- Early works to 1800.; Astronomy.; Occultism.; Magic.; Occultism -- Early works to 1800.; Magic -- Early works to 1800.; Codices.; Manuscripts, European.; Manuals (instructional materials); Manuscripts, Latin.; Drawings (visual works)
Personal Name:
Rainsford, Charles, 1728-1809, former owner.; Northumberland, Hugh Percy, Duke of, 1742-1817, former owner.
Corporate Name:
Charles Rainsford Collection of Alchemical and Occult Manuscripts (University of Pennsylvania)
Title from title page (p. i).; Origin: Written in France[?] in the second half of the 18th century.; Binding: Contemporary gold-tooled leather. Upper hinge nearly detached; lower hinge cracking; spine leather deteriorating.; Pagination: Paper, ii (contemporary paper) + 227 + ii (contemporary paper) leaves; [i], 1-89, [ii], 90-440, [x]; contemporary pagination in ink, upper outer corners.; Layout: Written in 25-29 long lines.; Script: Written in a cursive script by a single hand.; Decoration: Astrological symbols throughout (for example, p. 381).; Ms. codex.; Latin, with occasional notes in French.
Call Number:
Ms. Codex 1678