MANUSCRIT. — RIPLEY (George)

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MANUSCRIT. — RIPLEY (George)

Resurrected Riplée or the Explanation of the Hermetic Poems by George Riplée. Containing more and better discoveries of the hidden secrets of the Ancient Philosophers than any book ever published. By Eirenée Philalethe Anglois Cosmopolitan. S.l.n.d. In-folio manuscript (335 x 220 mm) of 304 pages, half vellum, case (modern binding).
Precious 17th century French manuscript of various alchemical treatises by George Ripley (or Riplée), canon of Bridlington who lived in the 15th century and dedicated his life to the study of the physical sciences and alchemy.
It is said that the latter, having pierced the secret of Transmutation and acquired a great reputation, gave the Knights of St John of Jerusalem the considerable sum of 100,000 pounds of gold to help them defend the island of Rhodes against the Turks. He is the author of more than 25 alchemical works, many of which have remained in manuscript form.
The manuscript contains comments on the first six Gates (The Twelve Gates, the author's main work, was published in 1613 and then in 1707 in the Bibliotheca chemica in Manget), the Alchemy Breviary, and The Explanation of the Vision or Dream of Riplée.
Manuscript bookplates of H. Rigaux and Pierre Thomas Anselme.
A note in pen indicates that this manuscript comes from Thomas Vaughan (1622-1666), an English alchemist and hermetic philosopher who would be the true author of the alchemical treatises published under the title of Eugene Philalèthe: Manuscript of Vaughan Thomas that I bought on 18 January 1896 from Lortic [...].
This manuscript belonged to Isha Schwaller de Lubicz, theosophist author of numerous books on esotericism and Egyptology (sale of 19 November 1992, n°33). The pencil annotations could be from his hand.
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