Colloquium Dr. Wolfgangi Kappleri et Christ. Schaffneri cum Theophrasto Paracelso

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I. Basic information

Printing History, Manuscripts. One manuscript. Edited in Sudhoff, Paracelsus-Handschriften, 183–185. Critical edition by Joachim Telle in Paracelsus im Gedicht.

Editions. Not edited by Huser.

Relationship between different versions. Only one known version.

Structure, genre/form, perspective, style. A dialogue in rhymed verses between Dr. Wolfgang Kapler, Dr. Christoph Schaffner and Dr. Theophrastus.

Relationship to other texts.

Authenticity, authorship. Wolfgang Kappler (1493–1567) is a well-known personality. The question whether the dialogue contains any reliable facts is controversial, especially whether there has ever been a personal encounter between Kapler and Paracelsus. – According to Telle, the author is Matthias Koch (d. 1579), Kappler’s son-in-law.

Time of writing. The manuscript was copied by Karl Widemann in Augsburg in 1595. He received the text from Johann Vogler in Strasbourg. Probably written in the 1570s.

II. Sources


  • Leiden, Universiteitsbibliotheek: Voss. Chym. Q.17, f. 137v–139v

First printed: not printed before Sudhoff (1899) and Telle (2008)

Modern editions:

  • Sudhoff, Paracelsus-Handschriften (1899), 183–185.
  • Telle, Paracelsus im Gedicht (2008), 65–67.
III. Bibliography

Essential bibliography: Sudhoff, Paracelsus-Handschriften, 183–185, 780 n° II/18.

Further bibliographical references:

Boeren, Codices Vossiani Chymici (1975), 145.

Rudolf Werner Soukup, Chemie in Österreich von den Anfängen bis zum Ende des 18. Jahrhunderts, vol. 1: Bergbau, Alchemie und frühe Chemie (Vienna, 2007), 222–223.

Joachim Telle, Paracelsus im Gedicht. Theophrastus von Hohenheim in der Poesie des 16. bis 21. Jahrhunderts (Hürtgenwald, 2008), 65–67, 260–262.