The Aurora consurgens is an illuminated manuscript of the 15th century in the Zürich Zentralbibliothek (MS. Rhenoviensis 172). It contains a medieval alchemical treatise, in the past sometimes attributed to Thomas Aquinas, now to a writer called the "Pseudo-Aquinas". It is a commentary on the Latin translation of Silvery Waters by Senior Zadith (Ibn Umayl). Unusually for a work of this type, the manuscript contains thirty-eight fine miniatures in watercolour. The illustrations are allegorical representations of alchemical elements depicted in human or animal form. For example, mercury is depicted as a serpent; gold as the Sun and silver as the Moon.
Other illuminated manuscripts of the Aurora consurgens include:
- Glasgow University Library MS. Ferguson 6;
- Leiden, MS. Vossiani Chemici F. 29;
- Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, MS. Parisinus Latinus 14006;
- Prague, Universitni Knihovna, MS. VI. Fd. 26;
- Prague, Chapitre Métropolitain, MS. 1663. O. LXXIX;
- Berlin, Staatsbibliothek Preussischer Kulturbesitz, MS. Germ. qu. 848.
- Obrist, Barbara. "Visualization in Medieval Alchemy". International Journal for Philosophy of Chemistry.
- Aquinas, St Thomas. Aurora Consurgens (1966) edited by Marie-Louise von Franz
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