De summis naturae mysteriis

From Theatrum Paracelsicum
I. Basic information

Printing History, Manuscripts. First printed in Latin in 1570, translated (and edited) by Gerhard Dorn.


Relationship between different versions.

Structure, genre/form, perspective, style. A collection of translations of pseudo-Paracelsian texts: De spiritibus metallorum (§ ‎4.29), De occulta philosophia (§ ‎5.7), Archidoxis magica (§ ‎5.1).

Relationship to other texts. One of Widemann’s Verzeichnisse lists an “Auslegung des Bueches Theophrasti de summis naturae mysteriis von ime intituliertt.”

Authenticity, authorship.

Time of writing. Translated and edited by Gerhard Dorn in 1570.

II. Sources


  • Kassel, Landesbibliothek: 4° Ms. chem. 60[3,2, f. 16v–28r [excerpts]

First printed:

  • 1570 (Aureoli Philippi Theophrasti Paracelsi Philosophorum atque Medicorum excellentissimi, De summis Naturae Mysterijs Libri tres, trans. Gerhard Dorn (Basel: Pietro Perna, 1570); Sudhoff, Bibliographia Paracelsica, 209–211 n° 125; VD16 P 565)

Historical Manuscript Catalogues: cf. Widemann, Verzeichnisse (Kassel), n° IV, 28

III. Bibliography

Essential bibliography: Sudhoff, Bibliographia Paracelsica, 209–211.