Catalogue Entry: ALCH00100

'De Scriptoribus Chemicis' (mostly late 1660s/early1670s though with later additions).

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: M132/2/4, Stanford University Library, Stanford, California, USA

Custodial History

Bought at the Sotheby sale by Heffers for £11.10s. and offered to Yahuda on 7 September 1936 for £17 but presumably turned down. Appeared as Item 2 in Heffers' Catalogue 493 (1936) at £17.10s. and again as Item 746 in Heffers' Catalogue 513 (1937) at the same price. At some point acquired by Frederick E. Brasch, who donated it to Stanford.

Sotheby Lot



An (al)chemical bibliography containing titles and particulars of 90 works (six of which are evidently later additions by Newton to his original list), for the most part printed but some in manuscript.

Annotated transcript (pp. 163-179) and extensive discussion, including arguments for dating, in Figala et al., 'De Scriptoribus'. Cf. Stanford Ms. M132/2/3 and Keynes Ms. 13.

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