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A book of magical charms

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MS. e Mus. 243

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A book of magical charms entitled 'A booke of Experiments taken out of dyvers augthors. 1622', in three parts:
  1. Fol. 1. an alphabetical list of charms (Anger-Women)
  2. Fol. 41. Forty-three 'Experiments of Love', i.e. to cause love, the first being 'Experimentum de forma spatula'
  3. Fol. 61v. some calendarial tables, including a list of movable feasts from 1567 to 1661
  4. Fols. 54-60, 67-end are blank


  • Written in A.D. 1622


86 Leaves

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. e Mus. 243, fols. 1-2]
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MS. e Mus. 243

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 18205


A book of magical charms

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. 3548

Custodial History

Manuscript acquired by the Bodleian Library (58)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

'Aug. vi. M. DC. LV. Liber Bibl: Bodlianæ ex dono Domini Josephi Godwin Bibliopolæ, et Civis Oxoniensis.' Godwin may have presented MS. e Mus. 173, 238, 245 at the same time.

Physical Facet

On paper, binding, brown leather on boards with gold ornament containing 'I.H.S.' on sides


3 7/8 × 3 1/4 in.
A book of magical charms
EAD version 2019 by Alice Whichelow
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom