Gemma Sapientiae et Prudentiae



Summary for the year 2017

Via Wellcome Library, London for the first image:

In German throughout. Illustrated with 5 full-page coloured and illuminated symbolic drawings, and a smaller illustration of the ‘Sigillum Sielentium [sic] Artis’, showing two double-headed eagles. The title as given above is inscribed on a small slip pasted on to the recto of the first unpaginated leaf. The date can perhaps be approximately given as c. 1735, from the mention on p. 140 of the year 1733 as being recently past. The MS. contains a remarkable mixture of transcendental alchemy, Cabbalistic speculations, and religious controversies. It ends with a chapter on Biblical prophecies and the Apocalypse. Four of the illustrations have considerable likenesses to those in the ‘Geheime Figuren der Rosenkreuzer’, originally published at Altona in 1785-1788.

Summary for the week ending Apr 16, 2017