ROZBOR TOPOGRAFIE V SPISE ALCHIDEMIA MAGISTRI FRIDERICI AE DE FERREA PORTA Z ROKU 1573
Analysis of the topography in the text Alchidemia magistri Friderici ae de ferrea porta from 1573
Languages of publication
The study analyses the historical topography given in the text Alchidemia magistri Friderici ae de ferrea porta by Joannes Sobieslavensis from 1573. This unique 123 page historical document is kept in the State Scientific Library in Prešov in the collection coming from the historic Szirmay Library of the Evangelical College. The first part of the manuscript gives alchemistic recipes of the period, but the second provides a detailed description of localities, where it is possible to obtain particular natural raw materials for alchemistic experiments, and their accessibility. The text presents in detail the historic place names in connection with the wider geographical context of the region of the Vysoké Tatry, Belianske Tatry, Liptov, Pieniny, Spiš mountains, Nízke Tatry and Malá Fatra, as well as part of the territory of Poland around Babá and Barná Góra. From the point of view of historical value, it is one of the oldest surviving texts giving exact geographical descriptions of mountain ranges, area names, water courses, lakes and settlements in the territory of Slovakia. The uniqueness of the document lies in the fact that the individual place names are almost all given in their “Slovak” linguistic form.
125 – 135
Publication order reference