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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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In Pursuit of Gold: Alchemy Today in Theory and Practice

Tara Lindsey added it Jan 15, In the morning I awoke to find That my garden was full of flowers. It is the one true natural first substance, to which nothing is added, and from which nothing is subtracted, except certain superfluities, which however it will cast off without any aid by its own inherent vital action.

Return to Book Page. The masters said of fire that it kills pyrsuit life in metals even as corn made into bread is not fit for planting in the earth to grow again. These pictures, it must be remembered, are nothing more than the fanciful imaginations of an artistic author whose intention was to simultaneously reveal and conceal the secrets of alchemy.

All this work was carried out in a natural manner; no fires or furnaces like the metallurgist uses. Be ready therefore to recognize this pair whenever they are met with in alchemical literature. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Ana marked it as to-read Jan 06, Nature Hidden deep in the heart of things, Thou carest for growth and life.

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John marked it as to-read Dec 30, Lapdus Green Lion 7. This one book, closely studied, is however all that is necessary for practical experiment.

For every agent has a tendency to assimilate to itself that which it acts upon, and every natural effect is conformed to the nature of the efficient; hence water is necessary if you would extract water from earth. There is another important item of which to take note. In fact, each of these names could describe what the matter in the flask appeared like during the processes that took place at various stages of the alchemical process.


If then that which pursjit 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. This, however, is no stone, but a powder with the power to transmute base metals into gold or silver. In the original work, the pictures are not in any special order, therefore a few guiding remarks have been added under each picture, by the present author, which may make them more useful to the interested student.

This sulphur and mercury are the elements with which all the books of the philosophers busy themselves. We must take good notice of this claim, for here lies one of the main stumbling blocks. Pursujt 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 work is also abridged. Jure marked it as to-read Jun 21, The Use of the Stone The first is calcination. About Gail Warshofsky Lapidus. Books by Gail Warshofsky Lapidus.

Consummation of the Hermetic Marriage Every treatise on alchemy is so artfully written that at every reading a different conception arises in the mind: It is well known that the art has been equated with religious or psychological ideas by some people who have failed to understand the treatises, and still persist in trying to read these meanings into the writings. Jared Loveless marked it as to-read Mar 01, Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Thus cold and heat are brought to dwell peaceably together in the dryness of the earth, and the dryness and the moisture in the coldness of the water.


Modern science has not yet reached the state of all knowledge, and those secrets of nature that are known are indeed still a very minute part of the whole. 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. 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: There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Again, the measurement of temperatures was another difficulty as the men of old depended upon feeling with their hands or using hot sand, water baths and such like; all of which means nothing to us in these days of thermometers and thermostats.

Erin Evans added it Apr 10, Even so modern chemistry has much for which to thank them. Fire and air were the two other elements which made up their four elements, but these latter two we can ignore for the moment. The Red Man and his White Wife 8. In species, it is gold, more pure than the purest; it is fixed and incombustible like a stone, but its appearance is that of a very fine powder, impalpable to the touch, fragment as to smell, in potency a most penetrative spirit, apparently dry, and yet unctuous, and easily capable of tingeing a plate of metal.

In order that a full dissolution may be made, there is need of contrition, that the calcination may afterwards produce a viscous state, when it will be fit for dissolution. Alexis is currently reading it Sep 18, Tired I slept on my idle bed in the illusion that the work had an end.