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CATALOGUE OF LATIN AND VERNACULAR ALCHEMICAL MANUSCRIPTS IN GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND, etc., Dorothy Waley Singer (3 Volumes)

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CATALOGUE OF LATIN AND VERNACULAR ALCHEMICAL MANUSCRIPTS IN GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND, etc., Dorothy Waley Singer (3 Volumes)

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CATALOGUE OF LATIN AND VERNACULAR ALCHEMICAL MANUSCRIPTS IN GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND, etc., Dorothy Waley Singer (3 Volumes)

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Singer, Dorothea Waley (assisted by Annie Anderson and Robina Addis). Catalogue Of Latin And Vernacular Alchemical Manuscripts In Great Britain And Ireland, Dating From Before The XVI Century (3 Volumes). Brussels: Maurice Lamertin, Publisher, 1928 - 1931. 

First Edition. 3 volumes in original wrappers. Octavo. Black and white frontispiece to volume 1. Continuous pagination. 1179 total pages. Binding is almost fully split in two places on volume 1 but is somehow still holding. Volume two shows similar splitting but to a lesser degree. A little reinforcement wouldn’t hurt in either case. Some general wear to wrappers on all three volumes but all in all, this remains a good to very good set of this extremely scarce reference work.

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This is Singer’s monumental catalog of alchemical manuscripts in the British Isles. It contains entries for over 1100 manuscripts of original treatises, copies, translations, and commentaries in England and Ireland, dating from the twelfth through the fifteenth centuries.  In addition, there are short references to over 200 “Alchemical and Technical Recipes and Notes” dating from the same period. Singer’s catalog shows that while the number of English alchemical authors is small,  the range of materials dating from this time, in terms of both number and authorship, is immense.