Splendor solis : tratado de alquimia.

Attributed name
Trismosin, Salomon [Browse]
Uniform title
  • German
  • Spanish
Valencia, Spain : Patrimonio Ediciones, [2009]
50 leaves of parchment : color illustrations ; 32 cm, in case (36 x 28 x 6 cm)


Attributed name
Linking notes
Complemented by commentary: García Avilés, Alejandro. Splendor sois / Alejandro García Avilés, Carlos Espí Forcén ; traducción al italiano, Claudia Citarella ; traducción al inglés, Robert Latona ; traducción al alemán, Hiltrud Friederich. Valencia, España : Patrimonio Ediciones, [2009].
  • Facsimile edition of a 1577 manuscript of Splendor solis, a 16th-century alchemical work in seven parts that addresses the secret of the philosopher's stone, a legendary substance that supposedly could turn all metals into gold or create an elixir of long life. Traditionally attributed to alchemist Salomon Trismosin, the attribution -- and the existence of Salomon Trismosin -- have been questioned by some modern scholars; an alternative attribution to Ulrich Poysel has been proposed. The original manuscript was produced in southern Germany; belonged for a time to the Schönfeldsches Museum der Technologie in Wehlheiden (now part of Kassel); and, since 1860, has been housed in the Bibliothèque nationale de France under the shelfmark Allemand 113.
  • Princeton copy is numbered 139.
  • Edition limited to 999 copies numbered from 1 through 999, plus 69 copies not for sale that are numbered in red ink.
  • "Depósito legal: V-1616-2009."--Notary sheet.
  • Most leaves are printed on both sides, as pages (and in the original manuscript had writing or illuminations on both sides). The foredge is gilded.
  • The original illuminations, by an unknown artist or artists, were, according to the complementary commentary, indirectly influenced by the iconography and composition of the illustrations in an earlier manuscript of the Splendor solis, which is currently held by the Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin, Preussischer Kulturbesitz, in its Kupferstichkabinett (Cod. 78 D 3). The Paris manuscript follows the prevalent Central European style of the so-called Danube school or the Bavarian school of artists.
Source of description
Description of title, edition, and publication information from the notary sheet pasted to the facsimile's rear endpaper.
Language note
Text in German; notary sheet in Spanish.
  • 9788495061317
  • 8495061317
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