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[Ripley alchemical scroll].
English, Middle (1100-1500)
[Manchester, England?], 1624.
1 roll (7 membranes) : parchment, illustrations ; 3720 x 275 mm
Early works to 1800
Ripley, George, -1490?
Illustrated alchemical roll incorporating Middle English verses attributed to Sir George Ripley.
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.
Texts in Middle English and Latin.
Early and intermediate provenance unknown. Sold at Sotheby's in London, 2000.
Purchase; Christie's, London, 13 December 2017.
Also available in an electronic version.
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