Searching through the Ferguson Collection in Glasgow has been interesting, and turned up a variety of manuscripts related to my interests. Okay, some are in Italian, or are illegible, but still they are worth a look, and others, like the version of Norton’s Ordinal, have nice pictures.
One especially useful is a 15th century one that has many alchemical recipes written in English. Thus I can understand them quite well. It is MS 205, and the catalogue says it is a liber de consideratione quinte esentie ervici rerum transmutabili in latin, Xvth century, but it is so much more than that. There is some Lull of course, Albertus and Dekyngstone, the latter which proves it is of English origin.
There are also marginal notes, not always of any use but interesting to see what a later reader was interested in.
It turns out that someone else has already studied it:
I shall endeavour to get a copy of her thesis. It would save a lot of work, and the wear and tear from me reading the original copy enough times to actually understand it. Meanwhile, I am still learning to read the handwriting, although I am much better at it than I was 8 years ago when I first started looking at original manuscripts. The spelling doesn’t help too.
The recipe I am trying out, from f81v, goes: Continue reading