Manuscript of Le Miroir d’Alchemie
This book once belonged to two famous scientists. This French translation of a work attributed to Roger Bacon (1214-94), The Mirror of Alchimy, once belonged Dunedin’s own, Joseph William Mellor (1869-1938), world famous inorganic chemist and ceramicist. Mellor’s bookplate was drawn in 1911 by ‘G.M.F.’, and contains imagery pertinent to Mellor’s career in science. The owl, a symbol of wisdom, sits atop a flask over a Bunsen burner surrounded by books. The Latin inscription loosely translates to ‘Knowledge and the laws of nature truly come together when they agree with experimentation.’
Roger Bacon, “Manuscript of Le Miroir d’Alchemie,” ourheritage.ac.nz | OUR Heritage, accessed March 22, 2023, https://otago.ourheritage.ac.nz/items/show/11535.