A catalogue of Western manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries and selected Oxford colleges

MS. Bodl. Rolls 1

Summary Catalogue no.: 2974


'Ripley Scroll'

Emblematical scroll with alchemical images and texts (including DIMEV 2278, DIMEV 2623), attributed to George Ripley in the early modern period, but not by modern scholarship.

Ian R. McCallum, 'Alchemical Scrolls Associated with George Ripley', in Mystical Metal of Gold: Essays on Alchemy and Renaissance Culture, ed. Stanton J. Linden (Brooklyn, AMS Press, 2007), 161-188, cat. 1
Language(s): Middle English and Latin

Physical Description

Form: roll
Support: parchment
Extent: 9 membranes
Dimensions (roll): 104.5 × 23.5 in.


Fine miniatures (coloured drawings). Retouched in 16th century. (Pächt and Alexander iii. 1018, pl. XCV)


Origin: 15th century, middle ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

Presented by William Dun, M.D., in 1605.

Record Sources

Description adapted (Feb. 2023) from the following sources, with additional reference to published literature as cited.
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford, III (1973), no. 1018
Summary Catalogue (1922)

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)
Digital Bodleian (10 images from 35mm slides)

Last Substantive Revision

2023-02: Revised to incorporated fuller information from SC and published sources.