Ratio extrahendi ex omnibus metallis mercurium

From Theatrum Paracelsicum
I. Basic information

Printing History, Manuscripts. First published by Huser in 1590 in Latin. Two German manuscripts, one Latin manuscript.

Editions. Edited by Huser, 6 (1590): 437–440 [Latin]. Edited by Sudhoff in Paracelsus, Sämtliche Werke, I/14: 433–435 [Latin].

Relationship between different versions. The Kassel manuscript (Latin) is very close to Huser’s Latin text, while the German manuscripts seem to be translated from Latin.

Structure, genre/form, perspective, style.

Relationship to other texts.

Authenticity, authorship. Text considered by Huser as clearly spurious.

Time of writing. Probably written in the 1560s or earlier.

II. Sources



  • Praha, Národní knihovna: Osek 43, f. 156r–158r
  • Wolfenbüttel, Herzog August Bibliothek: Cod. Guelf. 264.31 Extrav., on 284–285 [fragment]


  • Kassel, Landesbibliothek: 4° Ms. chem. 54, f. 148r–151r

First printed: not printed before Huser (1590)

III. Bibliography

Essential bibliography: Sudhoff, Bibliographia Paracelsica, 394–395; Sudhoff, Paracelsus-Handschriften, 774; Sudhoff, “Vorwort,” in Paracelsus, Sämtliche Werke, I/14: XXV; CP 2: 247, 703.

Further bibliographical references:

Peuckert, Pansophie (1956), 252, 257.

Broszinski, Manuscripta chemica in quarto (2011), 184–185 [this text not mentioned].