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201.

Notes and abstracts 'Ex Fabri Hydrographo Spagyrico' (f. 1r) and 'Ex Palladio Spagyrico' (f. 2r), with page references (1690s?).

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: NMAHRB Ms. 1024 B, Dibner Library, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., USA

Newton Catalogue ID: ALCH00079

202.

Notebook containing abstracts and notes drawn from various alchemical works.

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: NMAHRB Ms. 1023 B, Dibner Library, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., USA

Newton Catalogue ID: ALCH00078

203.

Chemical notes, partly in another hand.

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: NMAHRB Ms. 1007 B, Dibner Library, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., USA

Newton Catalogue ID: ALCH00077

204.

'On Miracles' (mid-1710s, certainly after 19 May 1715).

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: Newton Ms. 731, Lehigh University Library, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA

Newton Catalogue ID: THEM00119

205.

Incomplete variant copy of William Yworth, 'Processus Mysterij Magni Or An Open Entrance to the Great Mysteries of the Ancient Philosophers', in a clerical hand.

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: NC17, Hampshire Record Office, Winchester, UK

Newton Catalogue ID: ALCH00071

206.

'An Apology for the Church of England with relation to the spirit of persecution for wch she is accused', in another hand.

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: NC14/1-3, Hampshire Record Office, Winchester, UK

Newton Catalogue ID: THEM00114

207.

'A Copy of ye Association & Act of Parliament enforcing it, in ye reign of Queen Elizabeth', in another hand with the heading added by Newton.

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: NC11, Hampshire Record Office, Winchester, UK

Newton Catalogue ID: THEM00113

208.

Incomplete proofs of the 1733 edition of Observations upon the Prophecies of Daniel and the Apocalypse of St. Iohn.

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: NC10, Hampshire Record Office, Winchester, UK

Newton Catalogue ID: THEM00112

209.

Chapter 2: 'Soe Suitable to my Genius.'

Author: David Boyd Haycock

Source: David Boyd Haycock, William Stukeley: Science, Religion and Archaeology in Eighteenth-Century England (2002).

Newton Catalogue ID: OTHE00019

210.

Letter concerning Newton's prospects of a post at the Mint or elsewhere.

Author: Henry Starkey

Source: NC9, Hampshire Record Office, Winchester, UK

Newton Catalogue ID: MINT00911

211.

Miscellaneous (al)chemical recipes in four different hands, none of which is Newton's (or Humphrey Newton's).

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: NC3/1-6, Hampshire Record Office, Winchester, UK

Newton Catalogue ID: ALCH00070

212.

Notes on ancient history and mythology

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: MSS.Temp3.Miss, Library of the American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Newton Catalogue ID: THEM00105

213.

De Analysi per aequationes numero terminorum infinitas

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: MS/81/4, Royal Society Library, London, UK

Newton Catalogue ID: NATP00204

214.

Revised Memoir of Newton

Author: William Stukeley

Source: MS/142, Royal Society Library, London, UK

Newton Catalogue ID: OTHE00001

215.

Notebook containing little but headings ('De Sale'; 'Solutio'; 'Conjunctio et Liquefactio'; 'Imbibitio & Calcinatio', etc.), with gaps for entries left blank apart from a few perfunctory notes in Latin.

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: Ms. Var. 260, National Library of Israel, Jerusalem, Israel

Newton Catalogue ID: ALCH00064

216.

Twelve small bundles of alchemical notes and extracts from a very wide range of sources.

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: Ms. Var. 259, National Library of Israel, Jerusalem, Israel

Newton Catalogue ID: ALCH00063

217.

Schematisation of the Apocalypse in a chronological table.

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: Bodleian Ms. Locke c. 27, f. 88, Bodleian Library, Oxford, UK

Newton Catalogue ID: THEM00100

218.

Dictionary of (al)chemical terms, materials and apparatus (late 1660s-early 1670s), with directions for performing various operations.

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: Ms. Don b.15, Bodleian Library, Oxford, UK

Newton Catalogue ID: ALCH00085

219.

Copies of documents relating to political disputes at Magdalen in 1687.

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: Ms. 432, Magdalen College Library, Oxford, UK

Newton Catalogue ID: THEM00116

220.

Notes and abstracts from assorted alchemical works, beginning missing.

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: Ms. 38196, St Andrews University Library, St Andrews, Fife, UK

Newton Catalogue ID: ALCH00075

221.

A list of 113 alchemical authors, categorised by nationality, and eight anonymous works.

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: Ms. 38195(c), St Andrews University Library, St Andrews, Fife, UK

Newton Catalogue ID: ALCH00074

222.

'The Hunting of ye Green Lyon & putrefaction of the body according to the number of the eagles', 2 pp., followed by miscellaneous notes in Latin, c. 400 words, 1 p.

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: Ms. 38195(b), St Andrews University Library, St Andrews, Fife, UK

Newton Catalogue ID: ALCH00073

223.

Two Notable Corruptions (part 7: ff. 117-121)

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: Ms. 361(4), New College Library, Oxford, UK

Newton Catalogue ID: THEM00266

224.

Two Notable Corruptions (part 6: ff. 104-5)

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: Ms. 361(4), New College Library, Oxford, UK

Newton Catalogue ID: THEM00265

225.

Two Notable Corruptions of Scripture (part 5: ff. 85-101)

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: Ms. 361(4), New College Library, Oxford, UK

Newton Catalogue ID: THEM00264

[1]

Both works cited are by the French alchemist Pierre Jean Fabré.

[2]

See H598 for Newton's copy of Fabré's complete works, and Dobbs, 'Newton Manuscripts at the Smithsonian', 106.

[3] 4 pp. on 2 ff.

[4]

in Latin

[5]

See Dobbs, 'Newton Manuscripts at the Smithsonian', 107. This manuscript (minus the putative index) is also reproduced on R19 of the Chadwyck-Healey microfilm, between Keynes Mss. 64 and 65 (this has perhaps come from a photostat of the notebook held at Keynes Ms. 221). This would appear to be a mistake, since there is no reference to its presence there in the Chadwyck-Healey catalogue.

[6]

On the flyleaf in Thomas Pellet's hand: 'Sep. 25 1727/ Not fit to be printed/ Tho. Pellet'. Main text preceded by 5 unnumbered pages prepared as an index but containing only columns of alphabetical headings (eg. 'Suo/ Suu/ Ta/ Taa/ Tae') and one blank page. The main text has the following sub-headings, though besides the sources given by these there are references on pp. 48-9 to 'Laurent. Ventura' and Ramón Lull's 'Theorica', and on pp. 50-51 to 'Anonym[us] de Arte Chim[ica] in Arte Aurif[era]'.

p. 1 'Ex Rosarij abbreviati tract. quinq[ue]' [This is not, as stated in the Sotheby catalogue, taken from the Rosarius Philosophorum of Arnoldus de Villanova, but from an anonymous tract entitled 'Rosarium Abbreviatum', which appeared in vol. 3 of Zetzner's Theatrum Chemicum as part of 'Justus a Balbian. Tractatus septem de Lapide Philosophico' (first pub.1599, though Newton is extremely unlikely to have seen that edition), Balbian being the editor rather than the author of the collection: see Ferguson, Bibliotheca Chemica, 2: 287 and 437.]

p. 15 'Ex Petri Boni Lombardi Ferrariensis Margarita Pretiosa'

p. 24 'Ex Dionysij Zacharij Opusculo'

p. 31 'Out of Philaletha's works concerning the extraction of [sulphur] out of [mercury]', in Latin and English

p. 51 'Ex Clangore Buccinæ'

[7] 61 pp. + 208 pp. blank.

[8]

mainly in Latin with some English

[9]

The first sheet contains a brief alchemical recipe in another hand, copied out again in Newton's. The second has a Latin extract from Basil Valentine on distillation, followed by a related recipe in English, all in Newton's hand.

[10] 2 pp. on 2 ff.

[11]

in English and Latin

[12]

Printed by A.R. and M.B. Hall, Isis 52 (1961), 583-5.

[13]

An attack on Leibniz's views on the subject. On the back of and below draft revisions to an agreement between Catherine Barton and the second Earl of Halifax relative to his surrendering certain rights to her in accordance with his father's will (d. 19 May 1715).

Related to the Clarke-Leibniz correspondence (Clarke used it in formulating his arguments concerning miracles) and to the Newton Mss. at Cambridge University Library.

[14] 1 p.

[15]

in English

[16]

Cf. Keynes Mss. 65, 66 and 91, Yale Mellon Ms. 80, and the literature cited in the notes to those entries.

[17]

Dated 'Anno Domini 1701' (this evidently refers to date of the original composition, which was never published, not of the transcription, and may mean early 1702 (before 25 March, the first day of the legal year 1702)). Breaks off after Experiment 9 in Chapter Four. On the flyleaf in Thomas Pellet's hand: 'Sep 25 1727/ Not fit to be printed/ T. Pellet'.

[18] 107 pp. plus two title pages.

[19]

in English

[20]

Complete copy of a pamphlet [by Gilbert Burnet, published anonymously (Amsterdam?, 1688?): Wing, B5762].

[21] 11 pp.

[22]

in English

[23]

Copy of the oath of allegiance to Elizabeth.

[24] 6 pp. on 3 ff.

[25]

in English

[26]

Unbound, with extensive manuscript corrections (probably by Newton's half-nephew Benjamin Smith, who oversaw the publication). The pages represented are 25-40, 73-96, 105-112, 121-160, 169-192, 201-208, 217-231, 281-323 (the end).

[27] Chapter 3: 'The Microcosm'. [The Curious Itinerary (2002)] The Curious Itinerary (2002) Chapter 1: 'Standing on the Sholders of Giants.' [The Curious Itinerary (2002)]

[28] Unknown

[29]

Not addressed to Newton but evidently forwarded to him by someone who was trying to obtain preferment for him. The letter mentions among other 'places' those of master, warden, and comptroller of the Mint: 'very good places and they [the occupants] make them as good as they please themselves'.

[30] 1 p.

[31]

Includes 'A Medicine to transmute Copper'; 'To make artificiall pearle', and other untitled recipes and notes in similar vein.

[32] 10 pp. on 7 ff.

[33]

in English

[34]

Many passages are variant drafts of other texts on the same topic, especially Yahuda Ms. 16.2.

[35]

Notes and drafts related to Philosophiæ gentilis origines philosophicæ. Includes sections on the Egyptians and Tyrrhenians, on history before the Flood, and on the correspondences between the deities of different mythologies. Page 3 features notes on alchemical codewords, and was apparently incorporated into this document by mistake. Page 17 has a family tree showing the descent of the supposed Egyptian and Greek deities from Noah.

Page 15 carries the sub-headings 'Historia antediluviatis ex Abideno' and 'Abydenus ex Beroso'.

There is a citation on p. 23 from the 1684 English translation of Jean-Baptiste Tavernier's Six voyages (first published in French, Paris, 1676).

[36] 23 pp.

[37]

mainly in Latin with some English, Greek and Hebrew

[38] Notes on ancient history and mythology [MSS.Temp3.Miss]

[39] 15 pp. on 9 ff.

[40]

in Latin

[41]

A later revision of Keynes Ms. 136.3.

[42] 80pp.

[43]

in English

[44] 15 ff.

[45]

Bundle 1 is attributed to 'Jodocus a Rhe', i.e. Johannes Rhenanus, in the Sotheby catalogue, but the ascription is queried (though not categorically rejected) by Figala and Petzold, 'Alchemy in the Newtonian circle', 177, n. 1.

The defective anagram of 'Ioannes Spagnetus' in bundle 5 is as it appears in the printed edition of the Enchiridion but is perhaps a printer's error for 'Spes una est in Agno', which works.

[46]

1 'Le Procede Vniverselle [sic] pour faire la Pierre Philosophiale laquelle l'auteur dit davoir faict quatre fois' [by Johannes Rhenanus?], in French, incomplete, c. 1,500 words, 6 pp.

2 'Artephij antiquissimi Philosophi de arte occulta & lap. Philos. Liber secretus', in Latin, c. 3,500 words, 8 pp. See H1309-10.

3 'The Hyeroglyphicall figures of Nicholas Flammel explained, anno 1399', in English, with a pen-and-ink drawing of some of the hieroglyphs, c. 3,000 words, 7 pp.

4 'Novum Lumen Chymicum Sendivogij. Divi Leschi genus amo [anagram of 'Michael Sendivogius']', in Latin, c. 4,000 words, 8 pp. See H445 and 1485.

5 'Enchiridion Physicæ Ioh. Spagneti. Spes mea est in Agno [defective anagram of 'Ioannes Spagnetus', i.e. Jean d'Espagnet]', though apart from two thirds of the first page, most of this section consists of notes on d'Espagnet's Arcanum hermeticæ philosophiæ opus, which was published together with the Enchiridion (1623), in Latin, c. 3,500 words, 8 pp.

6 A bundle of English notes and extracts: 'Nortons Ordinall', 'Dastins dreame', 'The black monkes Earth of Earth', 'The hunting of ye Green Lyon', 'Riplys Epistle to K. Edward ye 4th', 'Riplys 12 Gates', c. 4,000 words in all, 8 pp. [These are all based on Elias Ashmole's Theatrum Chemicum Britannicum (1652: H93): the 'Epistle' and 'Twelve Gates' are sub-sections of Ripley's 'Compound of Alchemie' (107-93), and 'Pearce the Black Monke upon the Elixir' (269-74) begins 'Take Erth of Erth, Erth's Moder'.]

7 'Ex Augurelli Chrysopœia', in Latin, 2 pp., followed by 'The Marrow of Alchymy' [by 'Eirenæus Philalethes': see H1034], in English, 6 pp.; in all c. 3,000 words.

8 A bundle of Latin notes and extracts: 'Riplæi Tractatus tertius', notes on the Tabula Smaragdina, 'Ex Authore Anonymo De Tincturis', 'Praxis fæmina'; in all c. 1,800 words, 5 pp.

9 A bundle of Latin notes and extracts: 'Observanda', 'Instructio de Arbori solari', 'Lucerna Salis Philosophorum'; in all c. 1,500 words, 12 pp.

10 'Commentatio de Pharmaco Catholico per Iohn de Monte Snyder Latinitate donata per Authorem Chymicæ Vannus', in Latin, c. 5,000 words, 13 pp. See H1378.

11 'F[ather] B. Valentine's 12 Keys', 2 pp., followed by 'References to B Valentines works', 11 pp., in English; in all c. 5,000 words. See H127-130, esp. 128.

12 Miscellaneous notes in Latin, c. 4,000 words, 8 pp.

[47] 100 pp. enclosed in a wrapper bearing a list of contents.

[48]

in French, Latin and English

[49]

Part of a much larger collection by Locke (278 leaves in all) of miscellaneous manuscripts in various hands on Christian and Oriental theology and chronology.

[50] 1 p.

[51]

in English

[52]

Entries run alphabetically from 'Abstraction' to 'Vrinous Salt'. In some cases the headword is followed only by a gap in which to insert the definition. Refers to Boyle's Of Formes and Qualities (1666), but much appears to be Newton's own work.

[53] 16 pp.

[54]

in English

[55]

Includes two variant copies of 'The Answer of ye Fellows of St Mary Magdalen Colledg [...] to ye Question why they did not elect & admit Mr. Anthony Farmer to be President of ye same Colledg', c. 2,000 words; an account of Henry Fairfax's appearance before Judge Jeffries on 13 June 1687, and a 'Piece of a Letter to ye E. of Sunderland'.

[56] 6 pp.

[57]

in English

[58]

Includes the sub-headings 'Arnoldi Speculum Alchymiæ' (p. 3), 'Instructio Galli Anonymi ad filium de Arbore Solari' (also p. 3), 'Emblemata Michaelis Maieri Comitis Germani' (p. 8).

[59] 8 pp.

[60]

in Latin

[61]

See Figala et al., 'De Scriptoribus', 142.

[62] 2 pp.

[63]

Karin Figala, in a personal communication, has suggested that the title has a 'Philalethan' ring to it. The headings 'Green Lyon' and 'Eagles' are to be found in the 'Index chemicus' (Keynes Ms. 35).

[64]

Transcript from an unidentified work: this is not the 'Hunting of the Greene Lyon' of Ashmole's Theatrum Chemicum Britannicum and Keynes Ms. 20.

[65]

in English

[66]

in English

[67] Ms. 361(4) Two Notable Corruptions (part 6: ff. 104-5) [Ms. 361(4)]

[68]

in English

[69] Two Notable Corruptions (part 7: ff. 117-121) [Ms. 361(4)] Ms. 361(4) Two Notable Corruptions of Scripture (part 5: ff. 85-101) [Ms. 361(4)]

[70]

in English

[71] Two Notable Corruptions (part 6: ff. 104-5) [Ms. 361(4)] Ms. 361(4) Two Notable Corruptions of Scripture (part 4: ff. 70-83) [Ms. 361(4)]

[Editorial Note 1] This text is a scribal copy of a damaged original. At a few points the scribe has entered a string of ‘x’s to indicate a lacuna in the original.

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