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Medical, chemical, and astrological pieces, Written in various hands in the late 16th century in England

MS. Marshall 15
Held at the Weston Library

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Medical, chemical, and astrological pieces:

  1. Fols. 1, 21v, 49v, 52v, 65v, 71. Medical recipes, chiefly in English, citing the following authors: Johannes de Vigo (fol. 16v), [Eustachius] Quercetanus (fols. 17, 17v, 65v), Ernacus (fol. 17v), William Burges (fol. 75v)
  2. Fol. 24v. alchemical directions dealing chiefly with mercury, silver, and gold
  3. Fols. 29v, 53v. 'The degrees of the alchimistes fier', and other short essays on alchemical matters
  4. Fol. 38v. 'The Frenche Alcumie ... by John Samnere, and nowe turned into Inglyshe by J.W... .', in two parts, beg. 'In the name of God take great bay salt', dealing with the white and red elixirs and the philosopher's stone
  5. Fol. 59. 'The learned work of Hermes Trismegistus intituled Iatromathematica that is his phisicall mathemationies directed vnto Amon the Egiptian ... now Englished by W.F. student in phisicke', beg. 'The wayes or powers of proceeding from the 7 planettes'
  6. Fol. 66v. 'Pythagoras' wheel', a diagram followed by directions for its use in fortunetelling

(fols. 20b-g, 23a-e, 48b-q 51b-c, 69-70 are blank).


  • Creation: Written in various hands in the late 16th century in England


104 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Multiple languages
  • English
  • Latin


MS. Marshall 15

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. II, no. 5266

Custodial History

Owned about 1600 by Walter Bruste (signature on inner front cover) or Bruster (outer front cover), who has inscribed the birthdays of his children on the inner back cover.

Manuscipt (34).

Physical Facet

On paper


12 1/2 × 8 1/2 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom