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Open Access The Corpus around the “Verses upon the Elixir”: Origins, Patterns and Peculiarities

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The Corpus around the “Verses upon the Elixir”: Origins, Patterns and Peculiarities

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This chapter concerns the core characteristics of the corpus around the "Verses upon the Elixir" as well as its uses for historiography. The findings of the chapter are based on the critical editions provided towards the end of this book, especially their critical apparatus, and provide the basis for more complex studies. The chapter describes the original formation of corpus in the fifteenth century. It focuses on three scribal techniques instrumental in this process: changes to a poem's scope, alteration of individual words and phrases, and the correlation of passages in different works. It addresses the issue of scribal intent, i.e. the question to what extent the formation of the corpus around the "Verses upon the Elixir" was a result of reflected thought or coincidence of literary fashions and the concerns of craft. A coda considers the individuals involved with the production and preservation of manuscripts containing corpus texts.

Keywords: Verses upon the Elixir; corpus texts; manuscripts; scribal techniques

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