[Autom. eng. transl.] The Leopold-Sophien-Bibliothek in Überlingen has 143 alchemical manuscripts whose existence is closely linked to the names of Johann Baptist Sebastian von Sonnenthal (1759–1834) and Franz Sales Wocheler (1778–1848). What texts do these manuscripts convey? Who was involved in the creation process of the collection? Why were the writings acquired by the parish priest Wocheler for the library? And what was the level of interest in alchemy in the 18th and early 19th centuries? Franziska Schaudeck pursues these and other questions in her study by recording the manuscripts for the first time in a detailed manuscript catalog and positioning the entire ensemble culturally and historically. The classification of the holdings in secret society contexts is based on the results of a codicological development work that Schaudeck connects with the cultural-historical background of the phenomenon of 'alchemy' and with other alchemica collections. Source studies on Sonnenthal and Wocheler as well as their socio-cultural environment further document that alchemy and secret societies were also able to fascinate in the German southwest of the Sattelzeit. The Überlinger Alchemica are an impressive testimony to this period.
|Translated title of the contribution||[Autom. eng. transl.] Review a: Franziska Schaudeck, The alchemical manuscript collection of the Leopold-Sophien-Library in Überlingen on Lake Constance. Wiesbaden, Harrassowitz 2020.|
|Number of pages||3|
|Publication status||Published - 2021|