Catalogue Entry: ALCH00062

'De Igne sophorum et materia quam calefacit'.

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: Yahuda Ms. 38, National Library of Israel, Jerusalem, Israel

[Normalized Text (at Chymistry of Isaac Newton)]

Custodial History

Bought at the Sotheby sale by Maggs Brothers for £9 and sent to Yahuda on approval on 26 August 1936 for the sale price plus 20%; on 4 September Maggs thanked him for having decided to keep it.

Sotheby Lot



A collection of alchemical extracts under the headings 'Moschus in Turb[a]', 'Philal[ethes] in Metal[lorum] Metamorph[osi]', 'Nov[um] Lum[en]' (f. 1r), 'Marrow of Alk' (f. 1v-2r), 'Philal. comment. on Ripl[ey]' (2r-3r), 'Brevis Manuductio [ad rubinum cœlestem]' (f. 3r-v).


The Sotheby catalogue misreads the title as 'De Igne sophorem et materia quam cale facit', an error replicated in Ch-H.

Cf. Keynes Ms. 36.

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