[Ripley alchemical scroll].

  • Manuscript, Book
  • English, Middle (1100-1500)
  • Latin
[England?], approximately 1590.
1 roll (14 membranes) : parchment, illustrations ; 5370 x 525 mm


Attributed name
Summary note
Illustrated alchemical roll incorporating Middle English verses attributed to Sir George Ripley.
  • Ms. roll.
  • Illustrations: Four panels containing emblematic diagrams serving as instructions on the process of transmuting base metals into precious metals. A fifth panel by a different artist appears to depict Ripley.
Language note
Texts in Middle English and Latin.
Early and intermediate provenance unknown. Bought in London by H.P. Kraus, 1957, and sold to Lawrence Witten, who sold it to Robert H. Taylor.
Source acquisition
Gift; Robert H. Taylor, Princeton Class of 1930, 1958.
Medieval & Renaissance manuscripts in the Princeton University Library, p. 309.
Other format(s)
Also available in an electronic version.
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  • Ripley scroll
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