Daily question: The Ripley Scroll

A small section from the amazing Ripley Scroll at Bibliodyssey:


The remarkable Ripley Scroll is, in simple terms, an alchemical manuscript that shows in pictorial cryptograms the production of the philosopher’s stone (the elusive ingredient that produces incorruptible gold out of lesser metals; and/or the elixir of life).

Part of the upcoming exhibition “Book of Secrets: Alchemy and the European Imagination, 1500-2000” at the Yale Beinecke Library, from January 20 to April 18, 2009.

When the modern alchemy of Enrons, Satyams, Madoffs, Ponzi schemes, opaque derivates, VC exit strategies and the like are captured someday in a long stroll, will it be as masterfully depicted?