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Level Item
Extent 1 volume
Title Ripley, George (c.1415-1490)
Date c.1600
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Description Rotulum hieroglyphicum G. Ripalei Equitis Aurati. For description see Catalogue entry for MS. 692: with the following differences: Title omitted at the top of the scroll. First and second poems omitted. Minor differences in spelling in the only two poems. In the marginal border is the inscription 'This longe Rolle w[as]/drawne in Colours/for me at Lubecke/in Germanye 1588'.
Custodial History On the back of the canvas, very faded and indistinct, the inscriptions 'Ex Museo Nob. Com. de Yarmouth [i.e. William Paston, second Earl of Yarmouth, 1652-1732], and 'Johannes Ives de Yarmouth Norfolk' [i.e. John Ives, 1751-1776]. There is also a pasted-on label, slightly defective, inscribed 'From the Library of the Earl of Ashburnham, Appendix No. May 1897'. Sold at Sotheby's (Ashburnham 'Appendix' Sale) 1/5/1899, Lot 130.
Acquisition Details Purchased at Sotheby's 23/4/1934, Lot 40A.
Accession Number 66601
Digitised Yes
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Language Latin
Physical Description Roll. 343 x 38 1/2 cm. Mounted on linen, with wooden rollers. Margins frayed.
Finding Aids Database description transcribed from S.A.J. Moorat, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts on Medicine and Science in the Wellcome Historical Medical Library (London: Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, 1962-1973).
Copies This material has been digitised and can be freely accessed online through the Wellcome Library catalogue.Images of the entire scroll and parts of the scroll on Wellcome Images. Image numbers: L0068461-5, L0031854, L0032139, L0032532-33 and L0035235-37.
Relevant Publications See R. Ian McCallum, "Alchemical Scrolls Associated with George Ripley," in Mystical Metal of Gold: Essays on Alchemy and Renaissance Culture, ed. Stanton J. Linden (New York: AMS, 2007), 161-188.
Subject Alchemy


MaterialType Archives - Non-digital
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