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Copies of incantations, charms, prayers, magical formulae, astrological devices, and the like

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MS. e Mus. 173

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Copies of incantations, charms, prayers, magical formulae, astrological devices, and the like, chiefly in English, partly in Latin; with diagrams and tables:
  1. The first is 'Consecratio libris. O most amyable God', an English formula for blessing books
  2. Other haphazard headings are 'A cytation of what sprit thou wilt', fol. 13
  3. 'An experiment to see by thy selfe ... in a cristall stone', fol. 26v
  4. 'For sprits of the water to get treasure out of the sea', fol. 29
  5. 'The experiment of W. Bacon ["William Bacon the frier"!] to destroye witches', fol. 37v
  6. a Latin treatise of necromancy, beg. 'Materia istorum capitulorum', fol. 53
  7. 'Here beginneth the booke which is called the Donet or Consecrations ...', beg. 'This is the doctryne of experiments', fol. 69v
  8. The last is 'That souldiers may be coragious to fight. In the third house make a hollowe ringe of golde into which put this wrytinge'.

Dates

  • Written early in the 17th century

Extent

78 Leaves

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. e Mus. 173, fols. 1-2]
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Shelfmark:

MS. e Mus. 173

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 18201

Overview

Copies of incantations, charms, prayers, magical formulae, astrological devices, and the like

Biographical / Historical

Biographical details unknown.

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. 3543

Custodial History

Manuscript acquired by the Bodleian Library (53)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The book first appears in Bodleian lists about 1655. Dr. Thomas Barlow states that it was 'è Musæo Tho: Allen Aulæ Glocestrensis', who died in 1633.

Physical Facet

On paper

Dimensions

8 × 6 1/8 in.
Title
Copies of incantations, charms, prayers, magical formulae, astrological devices, and the like
Status
Completed
Date
EAD version 2019 by Alice Whichelow
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

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