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Manicule drawn in the margins; marks a passage on alchemy, pointing specifically at its potential outcomes (“Riches, Honour, Health, and long Life”).

From the dedication of Polygraphice: or the Arts of Drawing, Engraving, Etching, Limming, Painting, Washing, Varnishing, Gilding, Colouring, Dying, Beautifying and Perfuming, by William Salmon (1685). [Here]

Notes: For quite a bit on the evolution of the manicule, take a look at William H. Sherman’s Used Books: Marking Readers in Renaissance England.  

…and for all of you Harry Potter fans out there, yes, it’s the same Flamel. —kcw