Catalogue Entry: ALCH00117

Extracts from 'Faber' (Pierre Jean Fabré) and other alchemical writers

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: MM/6/5, Royal Society Library, London, UK

Custodial History

Bought at the Sotheby sale by Francis Edwards for £15 and acquired from Edwards by the Royal Society on 23 March 1939 for £23 8s.

Sotheby Lot



This document was apparently not entered into the Royal Society's card catalogue at the time of its purchase and its whereabouts were long thought unknown. It was unearthed by the RS archivist Ross MacFarlane in December 2004 and identified as Sotheby Lot 22 by John Young of the Newton Project in March 2005.

See John T. Young, 'Isaac Newton's alchemical notes in the Royal Society', Notes and Records of the Royal Society 60 (2006), 25-34; and H598.

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