Title, In Pursuit of Gold: Alchemy in Theory and Practice. Authors, Lapidus, Stephen Skinner. Edition, illustrated. Publisher, Spearman, ISBN, LAPIDUS. In Pursuit i of Gold Alchemy in. Theory and Practice Additions and .. In Pursuit of Gold the readers nowhere. why should nature stop at metals?. Is`s a few time ago, when I have studied “In pursuit of Gold” by Lapidus (Stephen Skinner). After an intensive reading of the book (three or more.

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Perhaps it would help to recapitulate what has been said in the above work. Ernst marked it as to-read Oct 23, Be ready therefore to recognize this pair whenever they are met with in alchemical literature. No trivia or quizzes yet. Were they being deliberately misleading, or were all these descriptions the truth?

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In Pursuit of Gold: Alchemy Today in Theory and Practice

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Under varying conditions, this seed can be transformed by nature, or it may fail, but it is always nature that does this work. Indeed, what has salt, sulphur and mercury, the three principles of the art, to do with religion or spiritual pursiut

It is therefore unwise, to say the least, to deny the basis ogld this lost art, because the road to it has not yet been systematically investigated. This one book, closely studied, is however all that is necessary for practical experiment.

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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. It is necessary then to reduce metallic bodies to their homogeneous water which does not wet the hands, and that from this water there may be generated a new metallic species, which is nobler by far than any existing metal, viz.

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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Among others famed for longevity in more modern times, there was the mysterious Count de St. There are also many books written by ignorant rogues who battened on greedy rich men to trick the money out of their coffers. These preliminary explanations will later make every thing clearer, and the determined alchemist will save many long years of wasteful experiments, and money.

It is generally imagined by those who are rather vague about the subject that golr 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.

Caroline marked it as to-read Mar 19, gole Here they are given lapidud that they may be recognised later on. The solids became a slime, or liquid, and the slime or liquid was thickened into solids again. To suppose this is to make nonsense of all alchemical writings, for it is a purely chemical knowledge.

In other words, we gather that most important secret that the end of the first process delivers into our hands two products made from the chaos or mixture of the four, and these are named sulphur and mercury. They were written often in Latin by masters who asserted they had themselves completed the work. Thousands of books have been written on the subject throughout the centuries, in many languages and in many parts of the world.


However there must be some prior belief in the feasibility of attaining the goal sought, for without this, one could not persevere undaunted. Alchemists maintain that nature does not stop at metals.

Take good notice now that really we have only one mass of matter, which may be easily divided into two, the sulphur and the mercury. Undertowe added it Jan 10, It is proposed to examine only a few treatises, those which are the most lucid, sincere and genuine.

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.

No, our water is the water of mercury, which dissolves homogeneous metallic bodies, and mingles with them in indissoluble union, abides with them, is digested with them, and together with them become the spiritual whole which we seek. The latter looks upon metals as living things while they are still unmade into some permanent form, in just the same manner as a farmer will look upon corn before it is made into bread Both contain the seed of growth.

For everything which dissolves a substance naturally, still preserving the specific properties of the thing dissolved, becomes one with it, coalesces with it, and is thickened by it, thus nourishing it; as we see in the case of a grain of wheat, which when dissolved by the humid earthy vapour, thereby takes up that vapour as its radical moisture, and grows together with it into a plant.