[Ripley alchemical scroll].

Artist
Smethley, Leonard [Browse]
Format
  • Manuscript, Book
Language
  • English, Middle (1100-1500)
  • Latin
Published/​Created
[Manchester, England?], 1624.
Description
1 roll (7 membranes) : parchment, illustrations ; 3720 x 275 mm

Details

Subject(s)
Attributed name
Summary note
Illustrated alchemical roll incorporating Middle English verses attributed to Sir George Ripley.
Notes
  • Ms. roll.
  • Colophon: Leonard Smethley fecit 1624.
  • Illustrations: Four panels containing emblematic diagrams serving as instructions on the process of transmuting base metals into precious metals. A fifth panel depicts a master alchemist (Ripley?). Script and illustrations by Leonard Smethley.
Language note
Texts in Middle English and Latin.
Provenance
Early and intermediate provenance unknown. Sold at Sotheby's in London, 2000.
Source acquisition
Purchase; Christie's, London, 13 December 2017.
Other format(s)
Also available in an electronic version.
Know as
  • Ripley scroll
Other views
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