Alchemy Reader From Hermes Trismegistus to Isaac Newton

ISBN-10: 0521796628
ISBN-13: 9780521796620
Edition: 2003
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Book details

Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 8/28/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.232

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.

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).

Introduction
Ancient
Hermes Trismegistus: The Emerald Table (Tabula smaragdina)
Plato: from the Timaeus
Aristotle: from the Meteorology
Pseudo-Democritus: from the Treatise of Democritus on Things Natural and Mystical
Anonymous: Dialogue of Cleopatra and the Philosophers
Anonymous: from Leiden Papyrus X and the Stockholm Papyrus
Zosimos of Panopolis: Of Virtue, Lesson 1-3
Stephanos of Alexandria: from The Great and Sacred Art of the Making of Gold
Anonymous: The Poem of the Philosopher Theophrastos upon the Sacred Art
Islamic and Medieval
Khalid ibn Yazid: from Secreta Alchymiae
Pseudo-Geber: from Of the Investigation or Search of Perfection
Of the Sum of Perfection; and His Book of Furnaces
Avicenna: De Congelatione et Conglutinatione Lapidum
Albertus Magnus: from the Libellus de Alchimia
Roger Bacon: from the Radix Mundi
Nicolas Flamel: from His Exposition of the Hieroglyphical Figures
Bernard, Earl of Trevisan: A Treatise of the Philosophers Stone
George Ripley: The Epistle of George Ripley written to King Edward the 4
Renaissance and Seventeenth Century
Paracelsus: from Of the Nature of Things
Paracelsus His Aurora
Francis Anthony: Aurum-Potabile: or the Receit of Dr. Fr. Antonie
Michael Sendivogius: from A New Light of Alchymie
A Dialogue between Mercury, the Alchymist and Nature
Robert Fludd: from Mosaicall Philosophy
Gabriel Plattes: A Caveat for Alchymists
John French: preface to The Divine Pymander of Hermes Mercurius Trimegistus in XVII Books
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
Elias Ashmole: Prolegomena to the Theatrum Chemicum Britannicum
Robert Boyle: from An Historical Account of a Degradation of Gold Made by an Anti-Elixir: A Strange Chymical Narrative
Isaac Newton: The Key (Keynes MS 18)
The Commentary on the Emerald Tablet (Keynes MS 28), King's College, Cambridge

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