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Somnium de tota philosophici lapidis perfectione by Pseudo-Aristotle with commentary, 1478

Identifier: MS 131/f. 129r


During the Middle Ages, several Latin works which show no connections with his surviving Greek writings have been attributed to the Greek philosopher Aristotle (384/3 BC - 322 BC), one of the greatest intellectual authorities of the period. This manuscript is the only witness of this short text which concerns a dream about the perfection of the philosophers' stone.
It begins on f. 129r and it is introduced by the words Incipit somnium preclarissimi philosophi Aristotelis commentatum a [...] de tota philosophici lapidis perfectione. It starts with the words Vidimus quasi somniantes in templo sancto dei; it ends on the same folio with the words Hec dormienti mihi a deo in somnis revelata sunt quae sapientibus tradenda. Nec rudibus arbitramur.


  • 1478

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The collection is open to all. The manuscripts can be consulted in the Centre for Research Collections, Edinburgh University Main Library.


1 folios


Schmitt, Charles B., and Dilwyn Knox, Pseudo-Aristoteles Latinus. A Guide to Latin Works falsely attributed to Aristotle before 1500. London: The Warburg Institute, University of London, 1985, p. 78, n. 88.
Singer, Dorothea Waley. Catalogue of Latin and Vernacular Alchemical Manuscripts in Great Britain and Ireland. Dating from before the XVI Century, vol. 1. Brussels: Maurice Lamertin, 1928, vol. 1, p. 53, n. 55.
Thorndike, Lynn, and Pearl Kibre. A catalogue of incipits of Mediaeval scientific writings in Latin. London: William Clowes and Sons, 1963, col. 1696.
Universität Regensburg. Alcuin: Infothek der Scholastik. "Sommium de tota philosophici lapidis perfectione". (accessed May 13, 2019).


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