The Alchemy Reader: From Hermes Trismegistus to Isaac Newton
The Alchemy Reader is a collection of primary source readings on alchemy and hermeticism, which offers readers an informed introduction and background to a complex field through the works of important ancient, medieval and early modern alchemical authors. Including selections from the legendary Hermes Trimegistus to Robert Boyle and Isaac Newton, the book illustrates basic definitions, conceptions, and varied interests and emphases; and it also illustrates the highly interdisciplinary character of alchemical thought and its links with science and medicine, philosophical and religious currents, the visual arts and iconography and, especially, literary discourse. Like the notable anthologies of alchemical writings published in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, it seeks to counter the problem of an acute lack of reliable primary texts and to provide a convenient and accessible point of entry to the field.
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Hermes Trismegistus The Emerald Table Tabula Smaragdina
Plato c 427347 BC From the Timaeus
Aristotle 384322 BC From the Meteorology
PseudoDemocritus first or second century AD From The Treatise of Democritus On Things Natural and Mystical
Anonymous first or second century AD Dialogue of Cleopatra and the Philosophers
Anonymous late third century AD From Leyden Papyrus X and the Stockholm Papyrus
Zosimos of Panopolis fl c 300 AD Of Virtue Lessons 13
Stephanos of Alexandria first half of seventh century AD From The Great and Sacred Art of the Making of Gold
George Ripley 14151490 The Epistle of George Ripley written to King Edward IV
Renaissance and seventeenthcentury texts
Paracelsus 14931541 From OJ the Nature of Things and Paracelsus His Aurora
Francis Anthony 15501603 AurumPotabile or the Receit of Dr Fr Antonie
Michael Sendivogius 15661636 or 1646 From A New Light of Alchymie and A Dialogue between Mercury the Alchymist and Nature
Robert Fludd 15741637 From the Mosaicall Philosophy
Gabriel Plattes first half of seventeenth century A Caveat for Alchymists
John French 1616?1657 Preface to The Divine Pymander of Hermes Mercurius Trismegistus in XVII Books
Anonymous eighth or ninth century AD The Poem of the Philosopher Theophrastos Upon the Sacred Art
Islamic and medieval texts
Khalid ibn Yazid 635c 704 From Secreta Alchymiś
Jabir ibn Hayyan eighth centuryPseudoGeber thirteenth century From Of the Investigation or Search of Perfection Of the Sum of Perfection and His ...
Avicenna c 9801037 De Congelatione et Conglutinatione Lapidum
Albertus Magnus 1193? or 1206?1280 From the Libellus de Alchimia
Roger Bacon c 1219c 1292 From the Radix Mundi
Nicolas Flamel 1330?1417? From His Exposition of the Hieroglyphical Figures
Bernard Earl of Trevisan fl late fourteenth century A Treatise of the Philosophers Stone
George StarkeyEirenaeus Philalethes 16281665? The Admirable Efficacy and almost incredible Virtue of true Oyl From An Exposition Upon Sir Ge...
Elias Ashmole 16171692 From the Prolegomena to the Theatnum Chemicum Britannicum
Robert Boyle 16271691 From An Historical Account of a Degradation of Gold Made by an AntiElixir A Strange Chymical Narative
Sir Isaac Newton 16421727 The Key Keynes MS 18 The Commentary on the Emerald Tablet Keynes MS 28
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The Alchemy Reader: From Hermes Trismegistus to Isaac Newton
Stanton J. Linden
Gedeeltelijke weergave - 2003
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Pagina 18 - Wherefore also finding the whole visible sphere not at rest, but moving in an irregular and disorderly fashion, out of disorder he brought order, considering that this was in every way better than the other.
Pagina 7 - And giving him solution ; then congeal him ; And then dissolve him; then again congeal him; For look, how oft I iterate the work, So many times I add unto his virtue. As if at first one ounce convert a hundred, After his second loose, he'll turn a thousand ; His third solution, ten ; his fourth, a hundred ; After his fifth, a thousand thousand ounces Of any imperfect metal, into pure Silver or gold, in all examinations, As good as any of the natural mine.
Pagina 19 - Of design he was created thus, his own waste providing his own food, and all that he did or suffered taking place in and "by himself. For the Creator conceived that a being which was self-sufficient would be far more excellent than one which lacked anything...
Pagina 18 - Let me tell you then why the creator made this world of generation. He was good, and the good can never have any jealousy of anything. And being free from jealousy, he desired that all things should be I as like himself as they could be.
Pagina 19 - Now the creation took up the whole of each of the four elements; for the Creator compounded the world out of all the fire and all the water and all the air and all the earth, leaving no part of any of them nor any power of them outside.
Pagina 18 - Every one will see that he must have looked to the eternal, for the world is the fairest of creations and He is the best of causes.
Pagina 19 - Now to the animal which was to comprehend all animals, that figure was suitable which comprehends within itself all other figures. Wherefore he made the world in the form of a globe, round as from a lathe, having its extremes in every direction equidistant from the centre, the most perfect and the most like itself of all figures ; for he considered that the like is infinitely fairer than the unlike.
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