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Alchemy and Alchemists

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Alchemy, whose beginnings and#8212; possibly in Egypt, Babylon, India, or China and#8212; are ancient and obscure, remained undocumented until about 2500 BC. Although it may have originated with metallurgy, the practice rapidly developed an association with magic, pharmacy, and astrology. In this richly illustrated and amply researched study, a noted expert traces the long history of alchemy, from its murky start to modern times.

Hermes Trismegistus and other famous alchemists appear here, along with discussions of the craft's associations with chicanery (as memorably portrayed in Ben Jonson's 1610 comedy, The Alchemist),

and its role in the secret society of Rosicrucians. Additional topics include the alchemist's laboratory and equipment, alchemical symbols and secret alphabets, noteworthy manuscripts, the influence of astrology, and more.

Although regarded today as a pseudoscience, alchemy gave rise to scientific chemistry. This volume illustrates the ways in which efforts to transmute metals and#8212; such as the search for the ever-elusive philosopher's stone and#8212; stimulated experimentation with hitherto untried substances, leading to improved knowledge of the materials vital to applied chemistry. Anyone intrigued by the origins and practices of this age-old and still-mysterious discipline, as well as those interested in the history of chemistry, will appreciate this concise, authoritative study.

Synopsis:

Well-researched study traces history of alchemy, chronicling search for philosopher's stone and elixir of life, alchemist's laboratory and apparatus, symbols and secret alphabets, famous practitioners, plus contributions to field of chemistry. Concise, authoritative. Unabridged reprint of the classic 1932 edition. 77 black-and-white illustrations, 31 plates.

Table of Contents

I. THE DAWN OF ALCHEMY

II. THE ROMANCE OF THE SEVEN METALS

III. THE DIVINE ART IN THE NEAR EAST

IV. THE MYSTERY OF THE EMERALD TABLET

V. THE INFLUENCE OF ASTROLOGY ON ALCHEMY

VI. THE GREEK ALCHEMISTS

VII. ALCHEMY IN CHINA AND INDIA

VIII. THE ARABIAN ALCHEMISTS

IX. THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONE AND ELIXIR OF LIFE

X. FAMOUS ALCHEMISTS OF MEDIEVAL TIMES

XI. ENGLISH ALCHEMISTS OF THE MIDDLE AGES

XII. ALCHEMY IN THE TIME OF JOHN GOWER AND GEOFFREY CHAUCER

XIII. THE ALCHEMIST'S LABORATORY AND HIS APPARATUS

XIV. ALCHEMICAL SYMBOLS AND SECRET ALPHABETS

XV. SOME NOTABLE ALCHEMICAL MANUSCRIPTS

XVI. ALCHEMISTS AND ROYALTY

XVII. ALCHEMISTS IN FORTUNE AND MISFORTUNE

XVIII. FAMOUS ALCHEMISTS OF THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY

XIX. CÆTANO AND BORRI

XX. ALCHEMISTS OF THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY

XXI. "BEN JONSON'S "ALCHEMIST" AND OTHER QUACKS"

XXII. THE ROSICRUCIANS AND ALCHEMY

XXIII. MORE ALCHEMISTS OF THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY

XXIV. THE LAST OF THE ALCHEMISTS

XXV. THE DAWN OF THE SCIENTIFIC CHEMISTRY

XXVI. ALCHEMY AND GOLD-MAKERS IN MODERN TIMES

XXVII. WHAT WE OWE TO THE ALCHEMISTS

  INDEX

Product Details

ISBN:
9780486421100
Author:
Thompson, C. J. S.
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Location:
Mineola, N.Y.
Subject:
General science
Subject:
Chemistry - General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Magick Studies
Subject:
Alchemy
Subject:
General Science
Subject:
the seven metals
Subject:
emerald tablet
Subject:
philosopher s stone
Subject:
Metaphysics-Magic Witchcraft and Paganism
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
102
Publication Date:
20111131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
77 h.t. and line
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.38 in 0.67 lb

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Well-researched study traces history of alchemy, chronicling search for philosopher's stone and elixir of life, alchemist's laboratory and apparatus, symbols and secret alphabets, famous practitioners, plus contributions to field of chemistry. Concise, authoritative. Unabridged reprint of the classic 1932 edition. 77 black-and-white illustrations, 31 plates.
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