BEINECKE RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY
THE JAMES MARSHALL AND MARIE-LOUISE OSBORN
MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE MANUSCRIPTS
H. S., Certayn Nottes gathered out of Plenius, Rypli, Anaxagoras,
Norton, and others ... (alchemy texts in prose and verse). England; ca.
1570. Paper, with watermark of Letter B on f. 1 similar to Bricquet
8068 (Brabant, 1563) or 8069 (Avallon, 1564); 6 ff.; 295 x 210 mm.; 2
Bound as six individual sheets. Catchwords at bottom of page.
Cursive script. Taxt contanis many alchemical symbols, most
frequently the sign for Mercury. Unbound.
Purchased from Myers in April 1970.
Comments: Next to the title there is also the heading "Notes
wrytten for my remembrance H. S." The manuscript contains eleven
alchemical poems, five of which are recorded in Brown-Robbins (nos.
1203, 1276, 2666, 3249, 3257) and are printed in Ashmole "Theatrum
Chemicum Britannicum" (1652)." Rypli is George Ripley (ca. 1451-1490),
alchemist and teacher of Thomas Norton of Bristol (fl. 1477), author of
the "Ordinall of Alchimy" (also called the Alchimiae Epitome) Norton
may also be the author of several of these poem which are attributed in
Brown-Robbins to Pearce the Black Monk. George Ripley wrote "The
Compound of Alchemy" which was first printed in 1591 "with certain
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