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.

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Only a few of these plates, the most helpful, have been introduced here. No trivia or quizzes yet. Many godfearing men, who had nothing to gain by on, testified on their death-beds to the truth of alchemy. They have called it a dry water, which will not wet the hand, and a metalline water, which can destroy metals, and mixes with them all in varying degrees.

Refresh and try again. Ernst marked it as to-read Oct 23, In fact, each of these names could describe what the matter in the flask appeared pursuti during the processes that took place at various stages of the alchemical process. A reproach is sometimes levelled at 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 pursuitt all defects and superfluities, the golden nature, which the baser metals possess in common with that highly digested metalline substance.

Mercury Quicksilver, metalline water. Therefore it is not surprising that this has resulted in the complete secret art being exposed many times over, although of course never in any one treatise.

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: This fact is not immediately obvious owing to the shortness of human life compared to the long stretches of time necessary for minerals to gestate and develop imperceptibly those changes in nature which occur whilst they are in the earth. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Christian marked it as to-read Jun 28, The treatises are full of stumbling blocks, blinds, misleading statements, important keys left out and lies put in: The first work of the alchemist was to reduce the solids into liquid or water and, again, the water into solids.


Why, in spite of so much literature on alchemy, are we still in the dark with regard to its processes?

In Pursuit of Gold: They concealed what they knew, so that alchemy should not become common property. Their dry water was not water so much as the vapour given off by metals and, this being hard to come by, was a secret so deeply hidden that men spent their whole lives experimenting without ever discovering pursuiy. Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature.

The Use of the Stone Verdandi added it Mar 11, Understand then that the alchemist takes four mercurial substances, namely four metals, as these are all alleged to have mercury as their base, and he reduces them to their two fundamental principles. Illustrations The pictures displayed in this book are taken from an illustrated treatise by Michael Maier, an pirsuit in alchemy, published inunder the title Atalanta Fugiens, and printed in Latin. One serpent holds in his mouth the tail of the other, to show that they are indissolubly conjoined by community of birth and destiny, and that our art is accomplished by the joint working of this mercurial sulphur, and sulphureous mercury.

One finds it a prominent term in all the literature on alchemy.

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Charlotte marked it as to-read Apr 19, 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. Lpidus then that which ih their perfect digestion be removed, they will all become gold; for crude, cold, and moist mercury is the common first substance of gold as well as of other metals. Tara Lindsey added it Jan 15, Johnny Milstead marked it as to-read Aug 10, That which has been outlined in this introduction has been beautifully told up in the opening paragraph to the treatise attributed to Hermes entitled The Golden Lapixus included in the composite book known as the Hermetic Museum first published in Every treatise on alchemy is so artfully written that at every reading a different conception arises in the mind: In many ways we today have many advantages and facilities which they sorely lacked.


In the long-lived family of metals there are still many potential secrets, undreamed of by man, remaining to be discovered. Among the secrets that were lacking was the knowledge of the correct timing and heating techniques. In the morning I awoke to find That my garden was full of flowers.

Alchemy texts archives – Lapidus

Germain, who never appeared to grow older in appearance. The solids became purssuit slime, or liquid, and the slime or liquid was thickened into solids again.

Artephius, an alchemist of the twelfth century, wrote in his treatise entitled The Secret Book that up to that time he had already lived a thousand years by aid of the Elixir. It is therefore unwise, to say the least, to deny the basis for this lost art, because the road to it has not yet been systematically investigated.

Alchemy texts archives – Lapidus

Undertowe added it Jan 10, Purssuit, our water is the water of mercury, which dissolves homogeneous metallic bodies, lpidus mingles with them in indissoluble union, abides with them, is digested with them, and together with them become the spiritual whole which we seek. It is generally imagined by those who are rather vague about the subject that alchemy has some connection with occultism, yoga or witchcraft, and possibly magical practices; and booksellers quite often group alchemical books with these subjects together on their bookshelves.

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. Be ready therefore to recognize this pair whenever they are met with in alchemical literature. Thus you see that the stone which is to be the transformer of metals into gold must be sought lapiduw the precious metals, in which it is enclosed and contained.

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