Von der Materia lapidis philosophorum

From Theatrum Paracelsicum
Wahres Zeugnis von der Materia lapidis philosophorum

I. Basic information

Printing History, Manuscripts. First edited in 1608 by Benedictus Figulus. Reprinted twice from Figulus’s edition, but no other editions or manuscripts known.

Editions. Not edited by Huser or Sudhoff.

Relationship between different versions. Only one known version.

Structure, genre/form, perspective, style.

Relationship to other texts. Not attributed to Paracelsus, but allegedly excerpts and quotations from Paracelsus; these excerpts are otherwise unknown. There are, however, ideas and concepts that are present also in other pseudo-Paracelsian texts. – Von der Materia lapidis philosophorum inspired the German writer Joachim Veil (born 1950) who used part of the text in his Die Wiederkehr des Bumerangs.

Authenticity, authorship.

Time of writing. Probably written in the early 1600s.

II. Sources

Manuscripts: no manuscripts known

First printed:

  • 1608 (in: Thesaurinella Olympica aurea tripartita. Das ist: Ein himmlisch güldenes Schatzkämmerlein, ed. Benedictus Figulus (Frankfurt a.M.: Wolfgang Richter for Nicolaus Stein, 1608); VD17 3:302600E; Sudhoff, Bibliographia Paracelsica, 477–479 n° 280)
III. Bibliography

Essential bibliography: Sudhoff, Bibliographia Paracelsica, 696 n° 18.

Further bibliographical references:

Peuckert, Pansophie (1956), 319.