Lumen luminum, etc.
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- Lumen luminum, etc.
- Elia, da Cortona, frate, -1253.
- Published / Created
- [ca. 1525]
- Publication Place
- North Italy (Venice?),
Manuscript on paper of Elias Cortonensis O.F.M., Lumen luminum, said according to this copy to have been composed in 1315, an erroneous date, and drawn from Saracen and Hebrew sources, translated into Latin. With a cryptic text, ascribed to a church figure, with a cipher code; and miscellaneous recipes in Italian.
Binding: Original, North Italian. Dark leather, the sides ruled with triple bordering lines to form a rectangle within a rectangle, the smaller rectangle with a roll tool of vinelike foliage impressed in blind, a smaller interior rectangle formed by the panel of roll tooling with gold-stamped ivy leaves at the corners and a circular stamp incorporating the "yhs" monogram in the center framed by a lozenge of tooling with the same roll already mentioned; back with five raised bands; modern gold-stamped title label pasted onto second compartment from top. Backstrip and corners extensively repaired; gilt edges stamped with a herringbone knotwork pattern.
Denis Duveen; Mellon MS 26, acquired with the Duveen collection. Gift of Paul and Mary Mellon, 1965.
ff. 33 of probably 40 originally, the extant leaves numbered by an old hand 1-25, 27-30, 32-33, 36-37 (f. 26, 31, 34, 35, and 38-40, now missing, the last three possibly blanks)
In Latin, with Italian prologue.
Script: Written in an italic hand and partly in cipher.
Watermark: a circle containing an unidentified design element, with a six-pointed star on a shaft above, not identified.
- ff. 33 : paper ; 190 x 132 (135 x 93) mm.
- Extent of Digitization
- This object has been completely digitized.
- Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
- Call Number
- Mellon MS 29
Subjects, Formats, And Genres
- Manuscripts, Renaissance--Italy--16th century.
- Resource Type
- Archives or Manuscripts
- Subject (Name)
- Elia,--da Cortona, frate,---1253.
- Subject (Topic)
Alchemy--Early works to 1800.
Ciphers--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Medieval--Connecticut--New Haven.
Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in Beinecke Library.
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Elias Cortonensis, O.F.M., Lumen Luminum, etc. General Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.
Witten, Laurence C. and Pachella, Richard. Alchemy and the Occult: A Catalogue of Books and Manuscripts from the Collection of Paul and Mary Mellon. Volume Three: Manuscripts, Mellon MS 29.
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