Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Library. The Ripley Scrolls

Title: The “Ingendred” Stone: The Ripley Scrolls and the Generative Science of Alchemy
Author: Aaron Kitch
Edition: Huntington Library Quarterly, Volume 78, number 1, 2015.
Online Source: Kitch at Bowdoin

When trying to figure out what was happening with the zodiac woman in the Aurora Consurgens yesterday, I came across this wonderful article online that I think might be of interest to people in #NetNarr for the gender/generation theme and for the beautiful art. Here is the abstract:
Acquired at auction in 1958 from the library of C. W. Dyson Perrins, the Huntington Library’s Ripley scroll (HM 30313) is one of the most ornate and esoteric illuminated manuscripts of early modern England. Much remains unknown about the iconology and historical context of the Ripley scrolls, of which approximately twenty remain worldwide. The self-consciously archaic scroll at the Huntington draws on a range of contemporary sources, including emblem books, heraldic imagery, and illuminated alchemical manuscripts from the fifteenth century, such as the Rosarium philosophorum and the Aurora consurgens. Aaron Kitch situates the Ripley scrolls in the context of English alchemy in the sixteenth century, especially the tradition of emblematic alchemy and John Dee’s efforts to establish George Ripley as England’s chief alchemical authority. He analyzes the pattern of imagery on the scrolls in relation to the ancient and early modern philosophy of generation, which focused on questions about sexual reproduction and the emergence of new matter in nature.
keywords: George Ripley; John Dee; Paracelsus; illuminated manuscripts; early modern alchemy; generation; Aurora consurgens

There is also some basic background at Wikipedia.

Here is one of the images: Three naked figures support a fountain, which itself contains naked figures, as philosophers stand on pinnacles around the fountain; a green dragon and a frog below.


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