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The Alchemy Reader
From Hermes Trismegistus to Isaac Newton

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  • Date Published: September 2003
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521792349

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  • Ranging from the pre-Christian era to Robert Boyle and Isaac Newton at the end of the seventeenth century, this Reader covers a broad range of alchemical authors and works. Organized chronologically, it includes around thirty selections in authoritative but lightly-modernized versions. The selections will provide the reader with a basic introduction to the field and its interdisciplinary links with science and medicine, philosophy, religion, and literature and the arts.

    • Includes a unique range of authors and works on the fascinating subject of alchemy, unavailable in any other book
    • Makes important inter-cultural and cross-disciplinary emphases, reflecting a humanistic, cultural perspective
    • Makes the subject understandable through substantial introductions, lightly modernised texts, illustrations, and a guide to further reading
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    "... a new and valuable source of how these complicated ideas were originally expressed." Seattle Weekly

    "The ideas presented in Linden's introduction are thoughtfully represented by his slections of primary sources. The readings themsleves are each prefaced by biographical information and commentary on the authors and texts, and the extensive bibliography and reading lists offer direction for further research." Sixteenth Century Journal Aida Patient, University of Alberta

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    • Date Published: September 2003
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521792349
    • length: 288 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.66kg
    • contains: 14 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Part I. Ancient Texts:
    1. Hermes Trismegistus: The Emerald Table (Tabula smaragdina)
    2. Plato: from the Timaeus
    3. Aristotle: from the Meteorology
    4. Pseudo-Democritus: from the Treatise of Democritus on Things Natural and Mystical
    5. Anonymous: Dialogue of Cleopatra and the Philosophers
    6. Anonymous: from Leiden Papyrus X and the Stockholm Papyrus
    7. Zosimos of Panopolis: Of Virtue, Lesson 1-3
    8. Stephanos of Alexandria: from The Great and Sacred Art of the Making of Gold
    9. Anonymous: The Poem of the Philosopher Theophrastos upon the Sacred Art
    Part II. Islamic and Medieval Texts:
    10. Khalid ibn Yazid: from Secreta Alchymiae
    11. Pseudo-Geber: from Of the Investigation or Search of Perfection
    Of the Sum of Perfection
    and His Book of Furnaces
    12. Avicenna: De Congelatione et Conglutinatione Lapidum
    13. Albertus Magnus: from the Libellus de Alchimia
    14. Roger Bacon: from the Radix Mundi
    15. Nicolas Flamel: from His Exposition of the Hieroglyphical Figures
    16. Bernard, Earl of Trevisan: A Treatise of the Philosophers Stone
    17. George Ripley: The Epistle of George Ripley written to King Edward the 4
    Part III. Renaissance and Seventeenth Century Texts:
    18. Paracelsus: from Of the Nature of Things and Paracelsus His Aurora
    19. Francis Anthony: Aurum-Potabile: or the Receit of Dr. Fr. Antonie
    20. Michael Sendivogius: from A New Light of Alchymie and A Dialogue between Mercury, the Alchymist and Nature
    21. Robert Fludd: from Mosaicall Philosophy
    22. Gabriel Plattes: A Caveat for Alchymists
    23. John French: preface to The Divine Pymander of Hermes Mercurius Trimegistus in XVII Books
    24. George Starkey/Eirenaeus Philalethes: The Admirable Efficacy, and almost incredible Virtue of true Oyl
    from An Exposition Upon Sir George Ripley's Epistle to King Edward IV
    25. Elias Ashmole: Prolegomena to the Theatrum Chemicum Britannicum
    26. Robert Boyle: from An Historical Account of a Degradation of Gold Made by an Anti-Elixir: A Strange Chymical Narrative
    27. Isaac Newton: The Key (Keynes MS 18)
    The Commentary on the Emerald Tablet (Keynes MS 28), King's College, Cambridge
    Glossary
    Bibliography
    Index.

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    • Magic, Religion, and Witchcraft in Europe
  • Editor

    Stanton J. Linden, Washington State University
    Stanton J. Linden is Professor Emeritus of English, Washington State University. His publications include Darke Hierogliphicks: Alchemy in English Literature from Chaucer to the Restoration (1996), Emblems and Alchemy (co-editor, 1998), and a critical edition of George Ripley's Compound of Alchymy (2001).

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