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Catalogue of alchemical manuscripts.

  • Athens, Benaki Museum Τ.A. 250
  • (ff. 111v-113v) Michaelis Pselli Πρὸς τὸν πατριάρχην κῦρ Μιχαὴλ περὶ τοῦ ὅπως ποιητέον χρυσόν.
    Title: Βυζαντίου τινός πρός τόν π(ατ)ριάρχην Μιχαήλ περι χυμικὴς ἤτοι χρυσοποιΐας.
    Cf. BIDEZ (ed.), “Psellus, Chrysopée”.



  • Athens, Byzantine and Christian Museum ΒΧΜ 19520
  • Title: Περὶ τῆς ἀρχυροχρ(υσο)ποιΐας καὶ Ἱερᾶς τέχνης Ποίημα Στεφάνου Ἀλεξανδρέως οἰκουμενικοῦ διδασκάλ(ου) καὶ φιλοσόφου:~

    1. (ff. 2r-7v) Synesii philosophi Πρὸς Διόσκορον εἰς τὴν βίβλον Δημοκρίτου ὡς ἐν σχολίοις.
    The text is acephalous.
    Inc.: … βλέπεις ἐν τῇ εἰσβολῇ τῆς χρυσοποιΐας τί εἶπε, Σελήνη ἀπὸ κινναβάρεως κ(αὶ) χρυσοκόλλας.
    Cf. MARTELLI (ed. & trans.), Pseudo-Democritus, 122-149.

    (ff. 8r-63r) Stephani Alexandrini Περὶ χρυσοποιΐας. Lectiones IX.
    Title: Στεφάνου Ἀλεξανδρέως οἰκουμενικοῦ διδασκάλου κ(αὶ) φιλοσόφου· περὶ (χρυσοποιΐας).

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Inventory of Greek manuscripts, held by libraries in Greece, which contain texts relevant to alchemy.


a) Manuscripts that contain texts evincing knowledge on art-technological procedures (preparation of pigments, of ink, recipes for preparing silver and gold in order to write with silvery and golden letters, etc.)

1) Athens, Benaki Musuem (Exchangeable Populations Fund collection 35/34756), XVIII cent., paper, 220 × 160 mm., ff. x + 170. – Tselikas 1977: 66 (no. 61).
Title: Ἑρμηνεία Ζωγραφικής Τέχνης.

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