Brief an einen guten Freund / Brief an Meister Wilhelm
Printing History, Manuscripts. Not printed. One manuscript.
Editions. Not edited by Huser or Sudhoff.
Relationship between different versions. Only one known version.
Structure, genre/form, perspective, style. Written in the form of a letter from Paracelsus to a “master Wilhelm”, in reply to a previous letter and referring to at least one more letter allegedly written by Paracelsus. Written in the first person, directly addressing “Meister Wilhelm.”
Relationship to other texts.
Authenticity, authorship. A rather crude forgery, inspired by other apocryphal letters and probably by De tinctura physicorum (§ 4.30).
Time of writing. Probably written in the 1610s.
- Haldensleben, Alvenslebensche Bibliothek: Alv. Mg 163, f. 217v–222v
First printed: not printed