Verzeichnis etlicher Schätze, auch Silber und Goldes, auch Silber- und Goldbergwerke

From Theatrum Paracelsicum
Bergwerks- und Schatzbücher

I. Basic information

Printing History, Manuscripts. One manuscript.

Editions. Not edited by Huser or Sudhoff.

Relationship between different versions. Only one known version.

Structure, genre/form, perspective, style. A list of 32 places (in Austria) with ore occurrences and hidden treasures. The places are marked with stones, crosses and other signs.

Relationship to other texts. The pseudo-paracelsian Occulta Philosophia (§ ‎5.7) has a chapter “Von den Schätzen vnd verborgnem Gutt/ inn vnd vnter der Erden” (Huser, 9: 350–354), which may be a reason for the attribution of the Verzeichnis to Paracelsus. The whole text reminds of the “Walenbücher.”

Authenticity, authorship. The Verzeichnis cites Basilius Valentinus, therefore it was written in the 17th century. It may be based, however, on older lists.

Time of writing. Further study required.

II. Sources


  • Wien, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek: Cod. 11295, f. 15–20

First printed: not printed

III. Bibliography

Essential bibliography: Sudhoff, Paracelsus-Handschriften, 696–698 n° 144, 798 n° I/4

Further bibliographical references:

Richard Smekal, “Phantastische Prophezeiungen. Schatzgräberwinke in Paracelsus-Schriften,” Neues Wiener Journal, 33, n° 11.281 (18 April 1925), 7; reprinted in Preßburger Presse (Bratislava), 30, n° 1483 (31 January 1927).