Von der ewigen Heimlichkeit und der heimlichen Ewigkeit

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Von der ewigen Heimlichkeit / Picatrix

I. Basic information

Printing History, Manuscripts. Not printed. At least the Leiden manuscript is attributed to Paracelsus.

Editions. Not edited by Huser or Sudhoff.

Relationship between different versions.

Structure, genre/form, perspective, style.

Relationship to other texts.

Authenticity, authorship.

Time of writing. One manuscript is dated 1597 (Erlangen), another one 1567 (Leiden). According to Gilly it is a German version of the entire first book and the first three chapters of the second book of the Picatrix.

II. Sources


  • Erlangen, Universitätsbibliothek: MS B 242 (olim Irm. 1707); 59 fols. [not attributed to Paracelsus]
  • Halle, Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek: Ms. 21 A 10, f. 149–223
  • Leiden, Universiteitsbibliotheek: Voss. Chym. F.14, f. 410r–458r

First printed: not printed

III. Bibliography

Essential bibliography: Sudhoff, Paracelsus-Handschriften, 686–688, 798 n° IV/17

Further bibliographical references:

Boeren, Codices Vossiani Chymici (1975), 48.

Carlos Gilly, “Paracelsus, Hermes, Ficino, and the ‘Picatrix deutsch’,” in Sebastiano Gentile and Carlos Gilly, eds., Marsilio Ficino e il ritorno di Ermete Trismegisto (Florence, 1999), 302–306 n° 63.

Gilly, “Vom ägyptischen Hermes zum Trismegistus Germanus” (2010), 98–99.

Bellingradt and Otto, Magical Manuscripts (2017), 21 n. 71.