[Manuscript of Mappae clavicula]

[Manuscript of Mappae clavicula]

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[Flanders? : s.n., 12th century]
67 leaves, bound : vellum ; 18 cm.
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ND1510.M29 *
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R-24 (positive)
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R-25 (negative)
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Mappa clavicula
Rubrications in red and green, with text in sepia. Leaves 16-17 stamped Js. Ae. Rabaut Pr.
Hand-copied on vellum by monks in northern Europe about 1150 A.D. from earlier 7th century sources.
"3715 Mss. Phillipps"--Pencil notation on verso of 1st prelim. leaf.
"Mappa clavicula, i.e. the little key of drawing or painting"--Pencil notation on 2nd prelim. leaf.
Recipes/instructions for various processes, including distilling alcohol, making candy, creating military devices, making colored glass, gilding and painting or staining on glass.
Owned by Jacques-Antoine Rabaut-Pomier (1744-1820) and Sir Thomas Phillipps. Purchased in 1951 from W.H. Robinson Ltd.
Digitized by Boston Photo Imaging in September 2009.
Image of an unidentified page Displayed in the exhibition titled "The Science of Glassmaking : 8 Centuries of a Magical Art", held at the Rakow Research Library, June 27, 2008-January 4, 2009.
CMGL copy has several pencil notations on preliminary leaves, and a partial stamp of a rearing lion over Sir T.P. C[ink blot and blank spaces]lotte Hill, 3715. Some leaves have holes that were in the vellum before the text was written. Flooded in 1972; dried and rebound by Carolyn Horton.
CMGL has a transcription published in 1847 (ND1510 .M29 1847 *).
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P. 8 published in From art to science, by Cyril Stanley Smith: 21498, p. 92, 98 (fig. VI.1).