Rosicrucian Text

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 103 MS PHILL 89
  • Dates of Creation
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
      German Latin
  • Physical Description
      1 volume containing 26 leaves

Scope and Content

A printed volume, Theophilus Schweighardt Constantiensem's 'Speculum Sophicum Rhodo-Stavroticum' ('The Mirror of Wisdom of the Rosicrucians'), 1618, including an engraved title page and four engraved illustrations, with manuscript additions in an unknown hand. The printed text was written in 1617 by Daniel Mogling and published pseudonymously.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Rosicrucian brotherhood, the origins of which are obscure, is supposed to possess esoteric wisdom handed down from ancient times. Its beliefs combine elements of occultism and are reminiscent of a variety of religious beliefs and practices. The name derives from the order's symbol, which combines a rose and a cross.

Access Information


The papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking.

Acquisition Information

The Phillipps Manuscripts at University College London were given to the College by the German government in 1912.

Other Finding Aids

Dorothy K Coveney, 'A Descriptive Catalogue of Manuscripts in the Library of University College London' (London, 1935); handlist at University College London Special Collections.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Bound in limp vellum. Manuscript additions are in a single hand. 23cm.

Conditions Governing Use

Normal copyright restrictions apply.

Custodial History

The manuscript belonged to Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792-1872), baronet, an antiquary and bibliophile whose collection included c60,000 manuscripts of various kinds, some relating to the administration of Swiss towns. Various manuscripts were sold after Sir Thomas's death, some to the German government, and were dispersed to several libraries. Formerly Phillipps MS 14942.