Theophrastia (De archidoxis, Parasarchum, Carboantes)

From Theatrum Paracelsicum
I. Basic information

Printing History, Manuscripts. Not printed, no manuscripts known. The Theophrastia may or may not have existed at some time. Theophrastia was the title of a “book” (librum) mentioned by Valentius de Retiis (in a text of uncertain dating, first published in 1562). It consisted of three works: De archidoxis (§ ‎3.4), Parasarchum (§ ‎1.20), and Carboantes (§ ‎4.22).

Editions. Not edited by Huser or Sudhoff.

Relationship between different versions. It is not certain if the book existed at all.

Structure, genre/form, perspective, style. A “book” consisting of three “works.”

Relationship to other texts. See De archidoxis (§ ‎3.4).

Authenticity, authorship. Gerhard Dorn and Michael Toxites both believed in the existence of Theophrastia, Sudhoff denotes it as “more than legendary,” Gilly doubts its existence while Kühlmann and Telle reject any such doubts as “unjustified.”

Time of writing. Further study required.

II. Sources

Manuscripts: no manuscripts known

First printed: not printed

III. Bibliography

Essential bibliography: Sudhoff, Bibliographia Paracelsica, 142, 171, 172, 189–194, 198–199, 271, 338, 390–391; Sudhoff, Paracelsus-Handschriften, 635; CP 1: 585, 587, 590–596, 617; CP 2: 152, 156, 165, 984, 1003; CP 3: 116, 121, 129, 170, 388.

Historical Manuscript Catalogues: Libri Theophrasti (Dresden), fol. 5vb

Further bibliographical references:

Peuckert, Pansophie (1956), 325.

Gilly, Paracelsus in der BPH (1993), 37, 38.

Gilly, Adam Haslmayr (1994), 97, 103.