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This chapter of the book Verse and Transmutation contains prose texts written after, and directly referring to, the "Verses upon the Elixir". Each of the text editions is preceded by an introduction consisting of summaries of the standard text's relation to the poem "Verses upon the Elixir", variants, date of composition, author and title. It should be noted that the author's identification of variants constitutes an original contribution to scholarship: textual distinctions were not previously stated explicitly or consistently in the available catalogues and literature. The discursive parts of each text's introduction are followed by a list of extant manuscript witnesses and the sigla they were assigned for the purposes of the critical edition. Finally, bibliographical references of notable early print publications of the texts have been provided.

Keywords: alchemical process; Latin translation; prose texts



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