BnF Splendor Solis


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BnF Splendor Solis

Alternative titles
Paris Splendor Solis – Splendor Solis. Tratado De Alquimia – Pariser Splendor Solis.
Physical features
Codex on parchment, dimensions 300 x 210 mm, 50 folios (i.e. 100 pages).
Germany (maybe Nuremberg), 16th century (ca. 1572).
Present repository
Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, MS all. 113.
Treatises / Secular booksAstronomy / AstrologyMedicine / Botany.
The Splendor Solis is considered to be one of the fundamental texts of alchemical culture, which played a key role in the birth of modern chemistry and medicine. It is a 16th century illustrated collection of earlier alchemical treatises, attributed to the German alchemist Salomon Trismosin (b. late 15th century, d. early 16th century), a legendary Renaissance alchemist, who was said to have discovered the secret of the Philosopher’s Stone, and who had among his pupils Theophrastus von Hohenheim, better known as Paracelsus (b. 1493, d. 1541). Several versions of the Splendor Solis were produced during the 16th century. The BnF manuscript All. 113 is one of the oldest surviving witnesses, and was used as a model for later copies – including Harley manuscript 3469 in the British Library.
20 full-page miniatures set within decorative borders composed of architectural, floral and animal motifs.
Some scholars identify the authors of the miniatures as Jörg Breu the Elder (b. ca. 1475, d. 1537) and Albrecht Glockendon the Younger (b. ca.1500, d. 1545).

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Splendor Solis. Tratado De Alquimia

Publisher – Patrimonio Ediciones (Valencia, 2009).
Limited edition – 999 copies numbered and certified by notarial deed.
Type of reproduction – Full-size colour reproduction of the entire original document. The facsimile reproduces the physical characteristics of the original manuscript as closely as possible, with the aim of substituting it in scientific research and in the libraries of bibliophile collectors.
Binding – The binding might not correspond to that of the original document as it appears at the present moment. Trimming and composition of the leaves reproduce the profile and structure of the original document.
Commentary – Commentary volume in Spanish, Italian, English and German. Edited by Alejandro Garcia Avilés and Carlos Espì Forcén.
Certificate of authenticity – All copies are certified by notarial deed.
ISBN – 9788495061317.

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