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Leaf from a Beatus Manuscript: Angels Restrain the Four Winds; the Angel Ascends from the Rising Sun, ca. 1180, Spanish.

Gorgeous Illuminated Manuscript by Jessie Bayes

The Splendor Solis is one of the most beautiful of illuminated alchemical manuscripts. The earliest version, considered to be that now in the Kupferstichkabinett in the Prussian State Museum in Berlin, is dated 1532-35, and was made in the form of a medieval manuscript and illuminated on vellum, with decorative borders like a book of hours, beautifully painted and heightened with gold.

Harley 3469, Salomon Trismosin, Splendor Solis (an alchemical treatise), Germany, 1582

Now this kind of summer is more like it: Salomon Trismosin. Splendor Solis (An Alchemical Treatise). DE. 1582.

Splendor Solis ("The Splendour of the Sun") is a well-known colorful alchemical manuscript. The earliest version, written in Central German, is dated 1532-1535 and is housed at the Prussian State Museum in Berlin. It is illuminated on vellum, with decorative borders like a book of hours, beautifully painted and heightened with gold. The later copies in London, Kassel, Paris and Nuremberg are equally fine. In all twenty copies exist worldwide.

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Black Sun (Sol Niger) setting on the outskirts of a city from Splendor Solis (an alchemical treatise), Germany, 1582