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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Moreover, they confirmed that they had completed the work lapidjs than once themselves and furthermore that anyone could do it, at any time and anywhere, at very little cost.

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This idea is altogether erroneous. Gold Sol, sun, the greater luminary, the king. 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 it.

The first is calcination. Human greed has always been a deterrent against open declarations of success in the art, and therefore the philosophers thought purwuit best either to remain silent, which many did, or else record their knowledge in the curious symbolic forms which each decided for himself; and what a chaos and babel has ensued from all these treatises!

Thanks for telling us about the problem. For as a lion is always born of a lion and a man of a man, so all things owe their birth to that which they are like. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. 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 of all defects and superfluities, the golden nature, which the baser metals possess in common with that highly digested metalline substance.

Sherbon marked it as to-read Aug 21, It may possibly be conjectured that this is how the unfortunate Incas of Peru produced such great quantities of gold; or again it may lapidue hazarded laipdus from the same source came the gold with which King Solomon decorated his temple so lavishly in biblical times. Fire and air were the two other elements which made up their four elements, but these latter two we can ignore for the moment.


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. This problem will be dealt with later in this book. John marked it as to-read Dec 30, There is a good deal more, but its involved nature, much of which is off, is best left alone until one is more advanced.

For example, their fairly primitive furnaces which were heated with charcoal, wood, and less savoury fuels, were difficult to control laipdus a constant temperature over long periods of time, whereas our modern thermostatically controlled hot-plates are able to carry on this task continuously without some one constantly in attendance.

Other less helpful works will be ignored to avoid confusing the student. Every treatise on alchemy is so artfully written that at every reading a different conception arises in the mind: This mercury has been permutated and juggled with in a thousand different treatises.

There is one other metal which is not very common and which will be discussed later in this book, namely Antimony.

In many ways we today have many advantages and facilities which they sorely lacked. Were they being deliberately misleading, or were all these descriptions the truth?

In Pursuit of Gold: Alchemy Today in Theory and Practice

Dean Ellis marked it as to-read Feb 21, Its substance is in metals, but in form it differs widely from them; and in this sense, the metals are not our stone. This will bear fruit when we come to examine a complete treatise on the art of alchemy. Books by Gail Warshofsky Lapidus. Christian marked it as to-read Jun 28, Illustrations The pictures displayed in this book are taken from an illustrated treatise by Michael Maier, an artist in alchemy, published inunder the title Atalanta Fugiens, and printed in Latin.

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.

One tends to read voraciously any alchemical book that comes to hand. It is important to remember that, if alchemy is a true science, and an art mastered by men of past ages, who were simple-minded by comparison with present knowledge and standards of research, how much easier ought it to be today to uncover all their secrets with our resources, equipment and materials.


It is proposed to examine only a few treatises, those which are the most lucid, sincere and genuine. The simple answer is that there is hardly a treatise among the many thousands that can be clearly understood. Here you are presented with the first great secret and problem.

They are not really two, but one and the same thing. Ernst marked it as to-read Oct 23, They say it is a metal, water, vinegar; at different times, blood and blood red, milk and milky white like cream, silvery, clear, or opaque. These preliminary explanations will later make every thing clearer, and the determined alchemist will save many long years of wasteful experiments, and money.

The alchemist constantly reiterates the expression that what takes nature a thousand years, he can bring about in a very short time.

In Pursuit of Gold: Undertowe added it Jan 10, Perhaps it would help to recapitulate what has been said in the above work. Sahib Misr marked it as to-read Oct 14, To suppose this is to make nonsense of all alchemical writings, for it is a purely chemical knowledge.

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Be ready therefore to recognize this pair whenever they are met with in alchemical literature. There is another important item of which to take note.

The treatises are full of stumbling blocks, blinds, misleading statements, important keys left out and lies put in: 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.

Return to Ciencia Real. The Wisdom of Artephius 5. Only a few of these plates, the most helpful, have been introduced here. Why, in spite of so much literature on alchemy, are we still in the dark with regard to its processes?