Clavis chymiae Philippi Theophrasti

From Theatrum Paracelsicum
Thesaurus chymiatricus

I. Basic information

Printing History, Manuscripts. First printed in 1623 as a work of Guido Magnus de Monte, edited by Hermannus Condeesyanus [i.e. Johannes Rhenanus]. Five manuscripts, some of them anonymous, some attributed to Guido Magnus de Monte.

Editions. Not edited by Huser or Sudhoff.

Relationship between different versions. Further study required.

Structure, genre/form, perspective, style.

Relationship to other texts.

Authenticity, authorship. Identified by Broszinski as the work printed in 1623 under the title Tesaurus [sic] chymiatricus, ascribed to “Guido Magnus de Monte.” The New Haven manuscript is explicitly attributed to this author in the explicit.

Time of writing. Possibly written in the 1610s.

II. Sources


  • Kassel, Landesbibliothek: 4° Ms. chem. 8, f. 87r–125r
  • Kassel, Landesbibliothek: 4° Ms. chem. 60[6,5, f. 32r–40v
  • Kassel, Landesbibliothek: 4° Ms. chem. 74, f. 7r–50v
  • Kassel, Landesbibliothek: 4° Ms. chem. 75, 1–59
  • New Haven, Beinecke Library: Beinecke MS 309, f. 134r–172r

First printed:

  • 1623 (Tesaurus Chymiatricus, Das ist/ Lang verborgener Schatz der hochberühmten vnd herrlichsten Kunst Chymiae […] Von dem hocherleuchten Philosopho Guidone Magno de Monte, ed. Hermannus Condeisyanus [sic; i.e. Johannes Rhenanus] (Halle: Peter Schmied for Caspar Klosemann, 1623); VD17 23:294776N; not in Sudhoff, Bibliographia Paracelsica)
III. Bibliography

Essential bibliography: Sudhoff, Paracelsus-Handschriften, 718–720, 779 n° I/23.

Further bibliographical references:

Broszinski, Manuscripta chemica in quarto (2011), 23, 96, 161, 213, 251, 263, 299, 335, 338.