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Illustrations from the Aurora consurgens

Manuscripts of the 15th century Aurora consurgens, sometimes attributed to Thomas Aquinas, often contain a series of 38 fine watercolour drawings. Versions of the Aurora consurgens with coloured illustrations are found in Glasgow University Library MS. Ferguson 6; Zurich Zentralbibliothek, MS. Rhenoviensis 172; Leiden, MS. Vossiani Chemici F. 29; Paris, Bibliotheque 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.
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Hermaphrodite with eagle
Monkey figure plays a strange violin
Sun and moon Knights fight with lances
Two people have overcome a dragon
Birds on the roof of a wise man's house
Ouroboros dragon boils in a flask
Winged snake man approaches the flask
Two wise men are nourished by a Sophia figure
One figure gives his heart to nourish another


Descriptions of the full set of figures from the Aurora consurgens