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'The secret Algebraick key to Treasure, parallel to the Philosopher's Stone, invented by James Boevey esq. of Cheam in Surrey...'

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MS. Bodl. 947

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'The secret Algebraick key to Treasure, parallel to the Philosopher's Stone, invented by James Boevey esq. of Cheam in Surrey. This book the Author presented to the Library in the 70th year of his Age.' A note (c. 1700) inserted at the end describes the volume, which consists of lists of numbers without text, perhaps relating to problems of currency, as 'Mr Boevey's mysterious Book given to the publick library as a great Treasure. He promised to send a Clavis to it, but is dead.'

On the inner back cover is a dedicatory autograph letter, undated, by the author, and a certificate in favour of the book by 'Cowemberg Van Blois of Amsterdam, Algebraical Accountant'.

Dates

  • Written before 1692 by James Boevey

Extent

24 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Bodl. 947, fols. 1-2]
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Shelfmark:

MS. Bodl. 947

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 18370

Abstract

'The secret Algebraick key to Treasure, parallel to the Philosopher's Stone, invented by James Boevey esq. of Cheam in Surrey...'

Biographical / Historical

James Boevey (1622–1696) was a merchant and philosopher.

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. 8712

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented to the Library by the author in 1692.

Bibliography

  • There is a memoir of James Boevey, the economist, in The Perverse Widow by A. W. Crawley-Boevey (1898).

Physical Facet

On paper, binding, brown leather on boards, 17th-cent. English work

Dimensions

20 1/10 × 14 1/5 in.
Title
'The secret Algebraick key to Treasure, parallel to the Philosopher's Stone, invented by James Boevey esq. of Cheam in Surrey...'
Status
Completed
Date
EAD version 2020 by Alice Whichelow
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

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