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Johannes, de Rupescissa, approximately 1300-approximately 1365.

Liber de consideratione quintae essentiae omnium rerum

1400-1499


Descriptive Summary

Identification: MSS 095, Item 014


Creator: Johannes, de Rupescissa, approximately 1300-approximately 1365.


Title: Liber de consideratione quintae essentiae omnium rerum


Inclusive Dates: 1400-1499


Extent: 1 v. ([52 leaves], last leaf blank) ; 17 cm.


Abstract: This unattributed fifteenth-century manuscript copy of Johannes de Rupescissa's alchemical medical text De consideratione quintae essentiae rerum omnium comprises 52 leaves on parchment, likely the work of more than one scribe.


Language: Materials entirely in Latin.



Citation

MSS 095, Item 014, Johannes de Rupescissa, Liber de consideratione quintae essentiae omnium rerum, Special Collections, University of Delaware Library, Newark, Delaware.

Shelving Summary

Item 014: Shelved in SPEC MSS 095 vault

Location

Special Collections, University of Delaware Library / Newark, Delaware 19717-5267 / Phone: 302-831-2229 / Fax: 302-831-6003 / URL: http://www.lib.udel.edu/ud/spec/

Source

Purchased with support from the Unidel Foundation, 1968.

Processing

Processed and encoded by Maureen Cech, March 2015.

Materials Available in Alternative Format

Printed texts of De consideratione quintae essentiae rerum omnium are held in Special Collections: a 1561 edition (R128.6 .J63x 1561) and a 1597 edition (R128.6 .J63x 1597).


The collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

Johannes de Rupescissa (approximately 1300-1365), also known as Jean de Roquetaillade, was a French Franciscan monk who authored visionary books and two works on alchemy.

Sources:

"Johannes, de Rupescissa, approximately 1300-approximately 1365." Library of Congress Authorities. http://lccn.loc.gov/n90674617 (accessed March 30, 2015).


Scope and Content Note

This unattributed fifteenth-century manuscript copy of Johannes de Rupecissa's alchemical medical text De consideratione quintae essentiae rerum omnium comprises 52 leaves on parchment, likely the work of more than one scribe.

When compared with the printed Basileae edition (1561), this manuscript has a different (incomplete) preface and lacks the appended works by Arnauldus de Villanova ("De sanguine humano distillato") and Ramon Llull (multiple works). The printed editions held in Special Collections (1561 and 1597) also contain contributions from the editor, Guglielmo Gratarolo. The author of the preface of the manuscript copy is not identified.

The script is a small gothic rotunda by one scribe; each page comprises about 27 lines. An illuminated initial "D" in 5 lines using gold ink and colors (green, red, blue), starts the main text. Other embellishments include later ink foliation, some marginalia, penwork initials, alternating red and blue versals, and paragraph marks.

The volume is bound in a modern cloth binding. Leaves [59-51] contain a fragment of Michele Savonarola's "De aqua vitae."

The item is accompanied by two dealers' descriptions: one in German, the other Italian.


Selected Search Terms

Personal Names
Johannes, de Rupescissa, approximately 1300-approximately 1365.
Topical Terms
Medicine, Medieval.
Manuscripts, Latin (Medieval and modern)--Delaware--Newark.
Manuscripts, Latin (Medieval and modern)--Specimens.
Manuscripts, Latin (Medieval and modern)
Form/Genre Terms
Manuscripts (document genre)
Illuminated manuscripts.
Illuminations (visual works)
Versals.
Occupation
Alchemists.
Corporate Contributors
Miscellaneous Scientific and Humanities Manuscripts Collection (University of Delaware Library)
University of Delaware. Library. Manuscript. 095.014.
Personal Contributors
Savonarola, Michele, 1385?-1466?--De arte conficiendi aquam vitae. Selections.

Related Materials in this Repository

This item forms part of MSS 095 Scientific and Humanities Manuscript Collection.

This item forms part of the Unidel History of Chemistry Collection.


Detailed Contents List

Liber de consideratione quintae essentiae omnium rerum, 1400-1499   [Item 014]

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