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The Alchemy Reader : From Hermes Trismegistus to Isaac Newton - Stanton J. Linden

The Alchemy Reader

From Hermes Trismegistus to Isaac Newton

By: Stanton J. Linden (Editor)

Paperback Published: 27th November 2003
ISBN: 9780521796620
Number Of Pages: 288

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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.

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'Linden's introduction to the collection and the headnotes accompanying each selection, which testify to Linden's long experience and wide reading in the history and texts of alchemy, will help make this a much-used volume.' British Society for the History of Science
"... 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

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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ISBN: 9780521796620
ISBN-10: 0521796628
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 27th November 2003
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.7 x 17.4  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.45