Our exclusive Ripley Scroll tote will keep your ingredients and materials on hand! Illustrated with talismans of great power and energy, the dragon and lions featured on our magical tote play starring roles in the Ripley Scroll, an alchemical manuscript named for the renowned 15th Century alchemist George Ripley (ca. 1415 - 1490), and featured in the exhibition Harry Potter: A History of Magic.
Alchemy, as the early precursor to modern chemistry, had two basic objectives; to create the Philosophers stone, which would turn base metal into gold, and produce an elixir to cure all ills and promote eternal life. The Ripley scroll reveals the means to these goals through fantastical imagery, and the dragon and lions represent the second and third stages of the mystical process.
Harry Potter: A History of Magic at the New-York Historical Society is a celebration of the 20th anniversary of the publication of J. K. Rowlings Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone. The exhibition captures the wizarding traditions of folklore and magic at the heart of the Harry Potter stories through centuries-old treasures including rare books, manuscripts, and magical objects from the collections of the British Library and New-York Historical Societywith original material from Harry Potter publisher Scholastic and J.K. Rowlings own archives.
The Ripley Scroll, (detail), England, ca. 1570)
Named for the renowned 15th Century alchemist George Ripley (ca. 1415-1490).
General collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library,