image ashmole,e_theatrum_chemicum_britannicum_001
Image number: RS.14196
Credit: ©The Royal Society

‘Alkymiae secrete servabo’

Date

1652

Creator

Robert Vaughan (b.1590, British), Engraver

Object type

Library reference

16605

Material

Technique

Dimensions

height (page): 187mm
width (page): 133mm
height (print): 142mm
width (print): 101mm

Subject

Description

Two angels look down on two men; one seated holding out a book to the other, as if in instruction. The four figures are positioned underneath an arch, the columns of which are decorated with female figures and headed with lions. A thick border of flowers, fruits and rabbits lines the print.

Speech scrolls surround the angels and the men below. They are inscribed in Latin: ‘Secreta Sctae/Alkymiae secrete servabo/Accipe donum Dei sub…Sacrato’ [..]

Border inscription: ‘Ro: Vaughan Sculp:’

Figure 1 from Elias Ashmole’s Theatrum chemicum Britannicum: containing severall poeticall pieces of our famous English philospohers..., a compilation of alchemical literature selected and annotated by the author. This figure in between Ashmole’s prologue to the book and Chapter 1: Thomas Norton’s ‘The Ordinall of Alchimy’.

Elias Ashmole (1617-1692) British astrologer and antiquary was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1661.

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