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Titel: The Alchemy Reader: From Hermes Trismegistus to Isaac Newton
Autor/en: Stanton J. Linden

ISBN: 0521792347
EAN: 9780521792349
New.
Sprache: Englisch.
Herausgegeben von Stanton J. Linden
CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR

April 2014 - gebunden - 288 Seiten

Beschreibung

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.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

Introduction;
Part I. Ancient Texts:
1. Hermes Trismegistus: The Emerald Table (Tabula smaragdina);
2. Plato: from the Timaeus;
3. Aristotle: from the Meteorology;
4. Pseudo-Democritus: from the Treatise of Democritus on Things Natural and Mystical;
5. Anonymous: Dialogue of Cleopatra and the Philosophers;
6. Anonymous: from Leiden Papyrus X and the Stockholm Papyrus;
7. Zosimos of Panopolis: Of Virtue, Lesson 1-3;
8. Stephanos of Alexandria: from The Great and Sacred Art of the Making of Gold;
9. Anonymous: The Poem of the Philosopher Theophrastos upon the Sacred Art;
Part II. Islamic and Medieval Texts:
10. Khalid ibn Yazid: from Secreta Alchymiae;
11. Pseudo-Geber: from Of the Investigation or Search of Perfection; Of the Sum of Perfection; and His Book of Furnaces;
12. Avicenna: De Congelatione et Conglutinatione Lapidum;
13. Albertus Magnus: from the Libellus de Alchimia;
14. Roger Bacon: from the Radix Mundi;
15. Nicolas Flamel: from His Exposition of the Hieroglyphical Figures;
16. Bernard, Earl of Trevisan: A Treatise of the Philosophers Stone;
17. George Ripley: The Epistle of George Ripley written to King Edward the 4;
Part III. Renaissance and Seventeenth Century Texts:
18. Paracelsus: from Of the Nature of Things and Paracelsus His Aurora;
19. Francis Anthony: Aurum-Potabile: or the Receit of Dr. Fr. Antonie;
20. Michael Sendivogius: from A New Light of Alchymie and A Dialogue between Mercury, the Alchymist and Nature;
21. Robert Fludd: from Mosaicall Philosophy;
22. Gabriel Plattes: A Caveat for Alchymists;
23. John French: preface to The Divine Pymander of Hermes Mercurius Trimegistus in XVII Books;
24. 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;
25. Elias Ashmole: Prolegomena to the Theatrum Chemicum Britannicum;
26. Robert Boyle: from An Historical Account of a Degradation of Gold Made by an Anti-Elixir: A Strange Chymical Narrative;
27. Isaac Newton: The Key (Keynes MS 18); The Commentary on the Emerald Tablet (Keynes MS 28), King's College, Cambridge; Glossary; Bibliography; Index.

Portrait

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).

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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
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