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Penn Library's Ms. Codex 1676 - [Alchemical and medical compendium]. (Video Orientation)

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8-23-2022

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Video Orientation to the University of Pennsylvania Library's Ms. Codex 1676, a collection of instructional works bound together concerning alchemy, divination, medical remedies, and anatomy. Includes a partial alphabetical index (f. i recto-v verso). Instructions include details on alchemical procedures such as calcination, distillation and transmutation (f. 105r) including how to turn lead into gold (f. 114v) and sapphires into diamonds (f. 115r). An entire section is devoted to the properties of salt (f. 48r). Other practical instructions include a section on military stratagems (f. 35v) and remedies for wounds such a rabid dog bite (f. 45v).

Written in the 18th century[?].

Part of the Charles Rainsford Collection of Alchemical and Occult Manuscripts (University of Pennsylvania)

Digital copies and a full record are available through Franklin: https://franklin.library.upenn.edu/catalog/FRANKLIN_9962935443503681

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Alchemy -- Early works to 1800, Alchemy, Anatomy -- Early works to 1800, Anatomy, Occultism -- Early works to 1800, Occultism, Codices, Diagrams, Drawings (visual works), Manuals (instructional materials), Manuscripts Italian, Manuscripts Latin, Manuscripts Spanish, Manuscripts European

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History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

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