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While I’m trying to figure out how to catalogue a book of pasted-in miscellany, I thought I’d share it with you, my faithful readers. Since I don’t know how to use the scanner, you’ll all have to use your imaginations.

So far, this appears to be a collection of the 72 magical alphabets that make up the Virga Aurea, an engraving done by James Bonaventure Hepburn. It seems to have something to do with the Kabbalah and the 72 names of God, but what exactly I’m not yet sure of. I’m trying to find a good book on this stuff that we have, but no luck yet.

There are drawings of Etruscan coins, charms with runes (possibly Danish?? The paper is disintigrating and the ink bled heavily, so it’s tough to tell), tables and tables of various alphabets with names like Hunno-Scythicum. Here’s an example (linked to the page I got the picture from, which has some other nice images and information on the Virga Aurea):

Virga Aurea

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