Catalogue Entry: ALCH00052

'Verses at the end of B[asil] Valentine's mystery of the Microcosm'

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: Keynes Ms. 63, King's College, Cambridge, UK

[Normalized Text (at Chymistry of Isaac Newton)]

Custodial History

Bought at the Sotheby sale by Heffers for £7.10s. Keynes asked to look at it on 12 August 1936, and when Yahuda later enquired he was told by Heffers on 7 September that it had been sold. It is marked '£10', presumably by Heffers, though whether this is the price Keynes actually paid is not clear.

Sotheby Lot

SL111

Contents

Several extracts from verses on various chemicals, on the 'planets' that symbolise the metals, and on 'the first Matter'. On f. 10r, a small pen-and-ink drawing of an alchemical emblem (dogs chasing hares in a circle) illustrating one of the verses.

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