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Dd. iv. 37.
CATALOGUS LIBRORUM Edv. BROWNE prout suis quique pluteis locantur: varia solummodo voluminum forma distinctorum 1687.
According to the Catalogue, this Library consisted of 317 volumes in folio, 472 in 4to, 657 in 8vo, 127 in 12mo, 72 in 16mo.
Dd. iv. 38. A quarto, on paper, of 64 pages, in good preservation, containing,
1. A charter of Hen. VIII. confirmatory of the Laws and Customes of the Town of SHREWSBURY.
• The names of all the villages within the fraunchises of Shrewsbury.'
3. “A note of the names of those which have been bayliffs of the towne of Salop since the 46th yeare of Edward the Thirde, with the yeare of our Lord God and day of the month wherein the Kings and Quenes of this realme of England began their raigne.' Commencing with A.D. 1372, and ending with 1614, when the book was written.
Dd. iv. 39.
Ψαλμοί και ύμνοι. .
“Απαν το σπέρμα Ιακώβ...
At the end of many Psalms follow hymns, prayers, &c. usually with the titles, τροπάριον ή σχόλιον, and in some of the later Psalms, ύμνοι τριαδικοί.
A leaf is missing after ff. 48, 77, 100, 103, 104, 115, 146, 151, 166, 173, 253, and 261.
The Psalter ends f. 280, and the usual Canticles follow, the MS. ending f. 300 with v. 14 of the Benedicite.
Dd. iv. 40. A paper book, in quarto, containing, on about 220 pages, written in the xvnth century,
Catalogus Librorum MSS. Græcorum, qui in Bibliothecâ Vaticanâ reperiuntur, a Theodoro Ryckio Romæ scriptus.
The Catalogue is alphabetical and entirely in Greek, with the exception of the title by another hand.
Dd. iv. 41. A quarto, on paper, in good condition, handwriting of the end of the xvith century, 183 ff. Eight leaves wanting at the beginning, nine leaves of index at the end. No date or reference.
A LAW COMMON-PLACE Book.
Dd. iv. 42.
The MS. is imperfect at the commencement, beginning in the middle of an address to St Nicholas (Dec. 6):
[έμψυχε και έμπνουσ' εικών ως θείον γάρ θησαυρόν σε ή των μυρέαν εκκλησία άγαμένη προσή κατο, κ.τ.λ. And ends (complete):
έκ σου πάρθενε τίκτεται, υπό το θείον σπήλαιον, εν φάτνη των αλόγων δε σπαργανωθείς ανεκλήθη λύον παρ' εγκλημάτων. . To leaf 110 b a note in Arabic is prefixed, and f. 136 a is written in a different and very inferior hand.
It corresponds throughout with the volume bearing the above title? published at Venice by Pinelli, 1628, in the series of the Liturgia Græcorum, but has not all the sequences printed there, and varies slightly in the accounts of the martyrdoms.
Dd. IV. 43. A small quarto, on paper, of 17 leaves, bound up with the three following
1 In the Library, 2. 22. 6.'
The title is f. la
'An Essay of God's Goodnes and Justis with Respecte to Mankind in oposetion to the Doctrine of the Super- and Sub-lapsarians. November ye 10th 1705.
f.2 a. The same title is repeated, with the substitution of the Doctrine of
Had I under my Caire a Servant...
That God cannot gouverne them.
Dd. IV. 44. A small quarto, on parchment, containing 36 leaves, with about 34 lines on a page, written in the early part of the xvth century.
A Collection of RECIPES and CHARMS for the diseases of horses.
It appears to be two or three treatises stitched together with several loose leaves appended.
The first treatise is of 16 leaves (two have been cut out), beginning in red letters, 'Here bygynnep þe maladies þ* hors havep of here own kynde.' It closed originally with a recipe for 'a plastre to don awey wickide fleisch,' with a charm ending, 'sy il beyt quit pur son chyual q sors estoyt,' but another hand has written in two more recipes.
The second treatise occupies not quite a page : ‘Practica Willi Marescalli
'by þe offryng of pes candels in pe worship of Seint Firmyn.'
The remainder of the book is in several hands, and contains a promiscuous farrago of charms, ending with the abracadabra.
Dd. iv. 45. A small quarto, part paper, part parchment, 35 leaves, about 30 lines in each, written in the xvith century.
Various treatises on subjects connected with Alchemy and the Philosopher's stone.
1. ARNALDUS DE Nova Villa,' six and a half pages (paper). Begins :
[M]ateria lapidis est res vilis pretii ubicunque reperitur que est aqua viscosa sive mercurius communis sicut extrahitur de minerā. Ends:
Non tangat latera scutellarum, et hic Finis et Deo gratias. It is not to be found in the collected works of the author.
2. DECLARATIO LAPIDIS PHILOSOPHORUM PER AvicenNAM Filio suo,' 4 pages (paper). Begins :
Fili mi Abbulhaly intellige quæ dicam tibi de cognitione lapidis. Ends :
Ita ut utri aliam habent potentiam supra mille gradus Mercurii seu Jovis Veneris vel Saturni. Colophon supplies, ‘Explicit archanum Avicenne de philosophorum lapide.'
A treatise with the same name appears in the Theatrum Chemicum, Vol. iv. p. 875, the first part of which accords with this so nearly as to appear another translation of the same work. The correspondence however fails in the latter half of the MS., the remainder of the printed treatise being completely different from the MS. and much longer. The treatise in the Theat. Chemic. has been pronounced spurious (see Biographie Universelle, sub nom.), apparently on internal evidence.
3. Anonymous, seven and a half pages (paper), same handwriting as the preceding.
philosophus quis sit lapis Philosophicus. Ends :
quod qui habent ipsam incomparabilem habent Thesaurum. 4. On the same subject, 'per Albertum,' two paper leaves, in handwriting and of paper different from the preceding. Begins :
Aqua Mercurius et oleum sulphuris. Opus istud multis diebus abscondebatur. Circa quod primo principaliter est notandum quod Mer
curius noster non est, &c. Ends :
et ego Albertus dico quod sum expertus istas duas operationes, et quod non est aliud opus perfectum [a] me, nisi hec duo opera, et vera sunt et etiam Euclides et multi philosophi concordant mecum et dicunt, quod totum beneficium hujus artis in Mercurio et lunà consistit, et in
Mercurio et Sole, et scias quod omnia alia sunt vana et illusoria. Deo gratias.
Twenty-two pages, (paper) handwriting similar to the preceding.
A Collection of Dicta of HERMES, ARISTOTLE, and others, on the subject of AlCHEMY, but the treatise itself does not extend into the last three pages. Begins:
Hermes dicit quod Elixerium sine Mercurio stare non potest. Concludes with the usual.et Deo gratias.'
On the last three pages are written a few recipes, partly chemical, partly medical; one in English, the rest in Latin.
6. Eighteen pages, consisting of a preface and four chapters. At the end of the preface is written, “ Retropositis tamen loquelis ut improbi ab hâc scientiâ repellantur, ne videar coram porcis spargere margaritas. Et ut erit hic tractatus piis et justis artem virtuose querentibus Speculum veritatis. Et sicut operatio lapidis benedicti quadruplici partitur regimine, sic istum libellum quatuor destinguo capitulis.' Begins :
Lapis Aquile cum naturâ preciosissimus, &c. Ends :
Est cujus testis semor hoc secretum magnum Dei gloriosi soror prophecie inspiratum a deo prophetis et electis suis in ipsum credentibus ;
cujus patri igitur sit honor et gloria in secula seculorum. Amen. Colophon, Explicit tractatus magistri Johannis de Portâ Claudorum, cujus cognomen quere in hoc libello et invenies.
Is the author John Dee, M.A. of Cripplegate, London?
7. Small quarto, in parchment, 18 pages of 30 lines, handwriting of the xvth century.
The Colophon gives the title (red),
· ExplicIT TRACTATUS DE SERPENTE SUB COMPENDIO BREVILOQUI HOLKETTI.'
It purports to be an exposition of a treatise composed by Aristotle, and sent to Alexander, in an interval of peace. It was translated by order of Pope Honorius out of Hebrew into Latin by a certain Greek.