Aus einem Brief an Bartholomäus Korndörffer über die Metalle

From Theatrum Paracelsicum
Theophrastus in tractatu an Korndörffer

I. Basic information

Printing History, Manuscripts. Not printed. Two manuscripts.

Editions. Not edited by Huser or Sudhoff.

Relationship between different versions. Only one version known.

Structure, genre/form, perspective, style. Allegedly taken from a letter from Paracelsus to Bartholomäus Korndörffer. One single use of the first person (“wir”), many references to Paracelsus in the third person (“er spricht,” “er beschreibt” etc.).

Relationship to other texts. Quotes or refers to: De putrefactione, De transmutatione metallorum, De coagulatione mercurii metallorum, De resuscitatione rerum naturalium, Manual (§ ‎4.40), Archidoxis magica (§ ‎5.1), Liber vexationum (§ ‎4.39). – Authorities mentioned: Arnoldus, Raimundus, Bernhardus. – According to Sudhoff, inspired by Wie man die sieben Metalle clarificieren soll (Brief an Bartholomäus Korndörffer; § ‎4.9). – For a list of texts associated with Korndörffer see Brief an Bartholomäus Korndörffer (§ ‎4.9).

Authenticity, authorship.

Time of writing. Further study required.

II. Sources


  • Kassel, Landesbibliothek: 4° Ms. chem. 22, f. 89v–92r
  • Kassel, Landesbibliothek: 4° Ms. chem. 60[6,4, f. 75r–77r

First printed: not printed

III. Bibliography

Essential bibliography: Sudhoff, Paracelsus-Handschriften, 733.

Further bibliographical references:

Broszinski, Manuscripta chemica in quarto (2011), 70, 260.