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Ripley's alchemical Scroll or Emblem

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MS. Bodl. Rolls 1
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Ripley's alchemical Scroll or Emblem, a description of the process of making the Philosopher's Stone or Elixir of Life, in English verse, with large coloured drawings and figures, often with Latin titles: at the end is a figure of George Ripley, the reputed author of the whole.

Most of the English, which is in red, and perhaps early 16th cent., has been copied again later in the same century in black ink. Similar scrolls are in MSS. Ashmole 1530 + 1535, 1771, 1772.


  • Creation: Written in the 16th century


1 Roll

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

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

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MS. Bodl. Rolls 1

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 18089


Ripley's alchemical Scroll or Emblem

Biographical / Historical

George Ripley (fl. 1450-1490) was an alchemist.

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. 2974

Custodial History

Manuscript 475 In English and Latin, on parchment: written in the 16th cent

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by William Dun, D.M., in 1605.

Physical Facet

On parchment, a roll of nine membranes, with large coloured drawings: part of the first membrane of the scroll is missing


18 ft. 8 1/2 in. x about 23 1/4 in., in a cloth box 2 ft. 2 in. x 2 3/4 in. x 3 in.

Ripley's alchemical Scroll or Emblem
EAD version 2020 by Alice Whichelow
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Repository Details

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