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Bod-Inc: G-052


Summa perfectionis magisterii.


Analysis of Content

[a2r] Geber [pseudo-; Paulus de Tarento]: Summa perfectionis magisterii (chs 1-91). William R. Newman, The ‘Summa perfectionis' of Pseudo-Geber: A Critical Edition, Translation and Study, Collection de travaux de l'Académie Internationale d'Histoire des Sciences, 35 (Leiden, 1991), 249-632. See Thorndike–Kibre 1576. On the authorship see Newman 58-103.

[m7v] Geber [pseudo-; Paulus de Tarento]: ‘Liber trium verborum' (chs 92-9). Incipit: ‘[L]apis iste de quo sit hoc opus habet in se omnes colores . . .’ See Thorndike–Kibre 810.

[n3v] Alexander Magnus [pseudo-]: Epistola ‘Quidam breviter dicunt.’ Incipit: ‘[Q]uidam breuiter dicunt quod ars deriuata est ex creatione . . .’ See Thorndike–Kibre 1244.

[n8v] [Parabola super lapide philosophorum.] Incipit: ‘[Q]uidam rex uolens alios potentes supererare preparauit . . .’ See Thorndike–Kibre 1246.

[o2v] Geber [pseudo-(?); Paulus de Tarento]: Liber inuestigationis magisterii. Incipit: ‘[I]nuestigationem huius nobilis scientie ex continua et frequenti . . .’ See Newman 74-7, also Thorndike–Kibre 776.

[p3v] Geber [pseudo-; Paulus de Tarento: De opere lapidis.] Incipit: ‘[E]st fons in limis cuius anguis latet in imis | Euolat in primis nisi clauseris undique rimis'; 24 hexameters. See Thorndike–Kibre 509 and Walther, Initia, 5670.

[p4r] Elia Da Cortona(?): [Alchemical verse.] Incipit: ‘Spiritum uolantem capite | et in radium solis traite | ut fixetur debite | et fixum fiat uolatile'; 8 strophes each of 4 rythmic and rhymed verses. Edited by Mario Mazzoni, Sonetti alchemici di Cecco d'Ascoli e frate Elia (Rome, 1955), 38-9, with a reference to Florence, Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale, Magliabecchiano II–III 308, fol. 39; see Walther, Initia, 18525a.

[p4v] Elia Da Cortona(?): [Alchemical verse.] Incipit: ‘Soluete li corpi in acqua questo dico | uoi che uolete fare sole o iuna'; a sonnet. Text resembling that edited by Mazzoni, Sonetti alchemici, 36-7, and the following poem ascribed to Elia; GW ascribes this poem to Cecco d'Ascoli; see note on following poem.

[p4v] Cecco D'Ascoli: [Alchemical verse.] Incipit: ‘Chi soluere non sa ne assoctigliare | corpo non tocchi ne argento uiuo'; sonnet. Edited by Mazzoni, Sonetti alchemici, 22, referring to Florence, Biblioteca Riccardiana, MS. 946; Florence, Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale, Magliabecchiano II–III 308; and to this edition; the sonnet is preceded by ‘Cicco de Ascoli'; GW takes this as relating to the preceding item; see also Mazzoni, 36, where the preceding item is ascribed to frate Elia.

[p5r] Elia [Da Cortona: Alchemical verse.] Incipit: ‘Soluete li corpi in acqua ad tucti dico | uoi che cercate fare sole e luna'; 17 lines of verse. Text resembling that edited by Mazzoni, Sonetti alchemici, 36-7, and the preceding poem ascribed to Elia; preceded by ‘Fratre Helia.’

[p5r] Elia [Da Cortona: Alchemical verse.] Incipit: ‘[E]l mi dilecta de dire breue mente | tucti secreti de larte felice.’ Preceded by ‘El uostro fratre Elia'; poem made up of several stanzas of a sonnet form.


Imprint: [Rome: Eucharius Silber, 1486-90]. 4°.

Remarks: As dated by BSB‑Ink; GW dates [c.1486-8], IGI [c.1500], and Sheppard [1485-90].


Collation: [a–o8 p10].


ISTC: ig00112000

GW: GW 10566;

Hain: HC *7505;

Goff: Goff G‑112;

BMC: BMC IV 124;

Proctor: Pr 3942;

Others: BSB‑Ink G‑49; IGI 4185; Sheppard 3096.

LCN: 14439731


Copy number: G-052(1)

Bound with:
1. Marsilius Ficinus, De triplici vita. Bologna: Benedictus Hectoris, 1501.

Binding: Eighteenth-century parchment; badly warped.

Size: 208 × 145 × 34 mm.

Size of leaf: 203 × 137 mm.

Occasional early marginal annotations in black ink. On [a2r] in a fifteenth/sixteenth-century hand, ‘Questio [] 3. Egidii est vtrum homo per artem possit facere . . .' Signatures are supplied in a fifteenth/sixteenth-century hand in black ink.

Provenance: Purchased ‘for a trifle from a bookseller in Rome' by Paget Jackson Toynbee (1855-1932); book-plate. Bequeathed in either 1912 or 1913: Bodleian stamp on [a2v], dated 3 June 1913.

SHELFMARK: Toynbee 650(2).

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