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Lotte Hellinga

Laurentius fuerat usus, prodisse in lucem certum est Alexandri Galli doctrinale, quae Grammatica celeberrimo tunc in usu erat, cum Petri Hispani tractatibus …’ 29 The work of recent decades has developed insights which may help to reconcile these traditionally opposed beliefs about the origin of printing

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Lotte Hellinga

balance of probabilities favours supporting Husung’s belief that the two snippets are part of a planning exercise – or as he put it, ‘a survey, or reconnaissance into materials that to some extent do not belong together as subject matter’. 61 However, this notion is challenged by the surviving leaves of

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Lotte Hellinga

– unfortunately based on the premise that BnF ms. fr. 5524 is its only source and, moreover, in the mistaken belief that this part of the volume as now bound was compiled by Jean Grolier and Jean Lhuillier. In fact, Grolier and Lhuillier were the compilers of the first section of the codex with the title

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Edited by Matteo Soranzo

credit omnia sperat omnia sustinet.” Solemn appeals to hope and belief like this are frequent in alchemical literature; see ps. Lull, Testamentum , Prol. 15–22 (p. 4): “Et ob hoc quia doctrina dissolutiva rei perquesite anelat, suspirate et semper desiderat finem ed ad finem consummacionis venire, tu

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Lotte Hellinga

balance of probabilities favours supporting Husung’s belief that the two snippets are part of a planning exercise – or as he put it, ‘a survey, or reconnaissance into materials that to some extent do not belong together as subject matter’. 61 However, this notion is challenged by the surviving leaves of

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Simon C. Thomson

particular interest: indeed, it is reasonable to suppose that wonders such as §12 and §13 (both particoloured part-humans) are different versions of the same creature, with the second brought in at some stage in the belief that it was a related, rather than practically identical, wonder. 64 What should be

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generous patron. The author, who would have addressed his alchemical masterpiece to Leo  X , traced back this belief to the Malatestas of Rimini and the impression their patronage made on him when still a child. Had he been born before 1440, at the time of Leon Battista Alberti (1404–1472) and Gemisthus