Catalogue Entry: ALCH00125

'Opus Galli Anonymi'

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: Location Unknown

Custodial History

Bought at the 1936 Sotheby sale by Emmanuel Fabius for £13.10s. Offered as Lot 508 in the New York Sotheby sale of 3 December 2004 for an estimated $150,000-$200,000 but failed to sell.

Sotheby Lot



Extensive excerpts from an unidentified work concerning the preparation of the philosophers' stone, with detailed procedural directions. The title is given on the wrapper, along with the note 'Simile est hoc opus operi Fabri (in Palladium Spagyricum descripto, et maxime) in Libro Fabri dicto Les Secretes Chimiques' (i.e. Pierre Jean Fabré, Palladium spagyricum (Toulouse, 1624) and L'abregé des secrets chymiques (Paris, 1936).

The manuscript is divided into seven sections, of which the beginning of the first appears to be missing. The others are entitled 'De materia', 'Practica', 'De igne', 'Multiplicatio', 'Facere aurum potabile' and 'Modus alius brevior faciendi lapidem nostrum et medicinam'.

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