by LAPIDUS Additions and Extractions by STEPHEN SKINNER First published in the United States in by SAMUEL WEISER, INC. Broadway, New York. Title, In Pursuit of Gold: Alchemy in Theory and Practice. Authors, Lapidus, Stephen Skinner. Edition, illustrated. Publisher, Spearman, ISBN, In Pursuit of Gold by “Lapidus”, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.
Want to Read Currently Reading Read. This one book, closely studied, is however all that is necessary for practical experiment. As is generally known, these facts can be said about ordinary mercury or quicksilver, yet to all the adepts in the art this latter is disdained and is not used.
The treatises are full of stumbling blocks, blinds, misleading statements, important keys left out and lies put in: Even those metals which you may buy commonly, the best of them; you must be a master and not just a scholar, namely as it is wisely said in Norton: Therefore it is not surprising that gokd has resulted in the complete secret art being exposed many times over, although of course never in any one treatise.
A reproach is sometimes levelled gole our art, as though it claimed the power of creating gold; every attentive reader will know that it only arrogates to itself the power of developing through the removal of all defects and superfluities, the golden lapiddus, which the baser metals possess in common with that highly digested metalline substance.
One cannot help arriving at the conclusion that the very simplicity of the work may have been the chief cause of the failure of so many brilliant workers in this field. For as a lion is prusuit born of a lion and a man of a man, so all things owe their birth to that which they are like. The solids became a slime, or liquid, and the slime or liquid was thickened into solids again. The Secret Book 4.
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The Red Man and his White Wife 8. John Banner rated it liked it Feb 26, To a great extent we have now cleared the ground of a good many blinds, stumbling blocks and misconceptions.
This is all the present author intends to present of the Brief Guide, for to give more at this juncture is but to lead to confusion. Germain, who never appeared to grow older in appearance.
Thus cold and heat are brought to dwell peaceably together in the dryness of the earth, and the dryness and the moisture in the coldness of the water. A Brief Guide is one of many treatises to be found in the Hermetic Museum published in in two volumes.
For example, their fairly primitive furnaces which were heated gol charcoal, wood, and less savoury fuels, were difficult to control at a constant temperature over long periods of time, whereas our modern thermostatically controlled hot-plates are able to carry on this task continuously without some one constantly in attendance. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
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In Pursuit of Gold : Alchemy in Theory and Practice
Dean Ellis marked it as to-read Feb 21, Among others famed for longevity in more modern times, there was the mysterious Count de St. That which has been outlined in this introduction has been beautifully summed up in the opening paragraph to the treatise attributed to Hermes entitled The Golden Tract included in the composite book known as the Hermetic Museum first published in For every agent has a tendency to assimilate to itself that which it acts upon, and every natural effect is conformed to the nature of the efficient; hence water is putsuit if you would extract water from earth.
It is the one true natural first substance, to which nothing is added, and from which nothing is subtracted, except certain superfluities, which however it will cast off without any aid by its own inherent vital action. Alchemists maintain that nature does not stop at metals.
Nature Hidden deep in the heart of things, Thou carest for growth and life. This wonderful medicine penetrates each smallest part pudsuit the oc metal in proportion of 1 toand tinges them through and through with its noble nature. This, however, is no stone, but a powder with the power to transmute base metals into lspidus or silver. Their mercury, they warn, must be prepared and is permanently fixed, not to be separated from any metal once it is joined to it.
Return to Book Page. Every endeavour will be made to explain and illuminate these writings, most of which are very rare although some have been reprinted, and the rest may still be found in the British Museum Library.
Thanks for telling us about the problem. The Confusion of Alchemy So much has been written about alchemy during past centuries that everything possible that could have been said about the subject has been reiterated again and again in a multitude of ways. Now, as the truth of their views is perceived by their agreement, so the disagreement of certain others marks them as false philosophers. Although spread chaotically over thousands of volumes, it will indeed emerge that in one page only in a book, the whole theory and practice of the art of alchemy could lie revealed.
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