By Neil Powell
Whereas dated--the quantity is a part of a suite at the occult released through Doubleday in 1976--the details contained inside of is actual and well timed. in addition, the paintings includes many beautiful illustrations/reproductions, making it a visually attractive resource. Contents: 1 The which means of Alchemy 2 the rules of Alchemy three Mysterious Frenchmen four The Medieval Masters five The Wandering Alchemists 6 What occurred to Alchemy? 7 intercourse and Symbolism eight Alchemy Lives On
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For these temperatures, a crucible was necessary. The name of this apparatus, which means "little cross," describes its basic appearance. It was a small bowl, generally made of clay, with four lips extending in a cross shape so that it could be supported on the rim of a furnace. Similar was the cupel, a crucible made of bone ash. If gold or silver mixed with lead were heated in a cupel, the lead oxidized rapidly, the lead Above: an Arab pharmacy from a manuscript of the 13th century. In the lower floor of the shop a pharmacist is preparing a medicine from honey.
His tale begins in the year 1357 when he purchased a very old and very large gilded book. "It was not of paper, nor parchment, as other books be, but was only made of delicate rinds (as it seemed unto me) of tender young trees; the cover of it was of brass, well bound, all engraven with letters or strange figures . . this I know that I could not read them nor were they either Latin or French letters, of which I understand something. " The manuscript contained 21 leaves. The seventh, fourteenth, and twenty-first leaves were blank, apart from some strange illustrations.
It was not long before Paracelsus had quarreled bitterly with the city authorities, and was on the road again. For most of the rest of his life he wandered around, writing as he traveled in a strange mixture of German, Latin, and words that he made up himself. Capriciously, he took the Arabic word for black eyepaint, al-kohl, and gave it to spirits of wine, which has borne the name alcohol ever since. He invented the name zinc. From the German all-geist he derived the word alkahest, the imaginary universal solvent with the power to convert all bodies into their liquid primary matter.
Alchemy, the Ancient Science by Neil Powell