364 pages: illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 345-348) and index.
Preface -- Apoligia -- X-Rated alchemy
Part 1: Setting the scene -- Introduction to Part 1: Stirring the fires
Ch.1 The Zosimos effect -- Demonstration 1. Calcination, distillation, transmutation!
Ch.2 Islamic authors - romancing the stone -- Demonstration 2. The Mercury/Sulfur makeup of metals
Part 2: Alchemy in the middle -- Introduciton to Part 2: Middle-aged alchemy
Ch.3 Auld Michael and the fractious friars -- Demonstration 3. The firing and falsifying of gold
Ch.4 Geber and the sum of perfection -- Demonstration 4. Divine waters
Ch.5 Aqua vitae! -- Demonstration 5. Burning waters
Ch.6 Philosphers' stone -- Demonstration 6. Erina's fabulous philosophers' stone
Ch.7 Rocky romoance: Miners and magick in the Renaissance -- Demonstration 7. The parting of gold
Ch.8 Paradigm, paradox: Paracelsus -- Demonstration 8. Diana and the Homunculus
Part 3: Alchemical renaissance -- Introduction to Part 3: Paracelsus is dead; long live paracelsus
Ch.9 Parcelsian women -- Demonstration 9. Book of secrets
Ch.10 Paracelsian men -- Demonstration 10. Transmutation revisited
Ch.11 Charlatans and chincanery -- Demonstration 11. Tricks of the trade
Ch.12 What can you do with a degree in alchemy? -- Demonstration 12. Practical alchemy
Ch.13 Renaissance alchemical authors -- Demonstration 13. Lifting the mystical fog
Ch.14 Sendivogius and Rudolf - fire and salt -- Demonstration 14. The poo plan
Ch.15 Johannes van Helmont - The art of fire -- Demonstration 15. The gas that got away
Part 4: Thoroughly modern alchemy -- Introduction to Part 4: Full-blown alchemy
Ch.16 Digby and drebble - something in the air -- Demonstration 16. Up in the air
Ch.17 The society of Jesus and the fraternity of the Rosy Cross -- Demonstration 17. The Jesuit workroom
Ch.18 Glauber's salt and Glauber's gold -- Demonstration 19. Reduction to the pristine state
Ch.20 Robert Boyle Ends - and so do we -- Demonstration 20. The color of alchemy
Conclusion: Alabaster and clay -- Stores and ores
As the authors show, the writings of medieval alchemists may seem like the ravings of brain-addled fools, but there is more to the story than that. Recent scholarship has shown that some seemingly nonsensical mysticism is, in fact, decipherable code, and Western European alchemists functioned from a firmer theoretical foundation than previously thought. They had a guiding principle, based on experience: separate and purify materials by fire and reconstitute them into products, including, of course, gold and the universal elixir, the Philosophers' stone. Their efforts were not in vain: by trial, by error, by design, and by persistence, the alchemists discovered acids, alkalis, alcohols, salts, and exquisite, powerful, and vibrant reactions--which can be reproduced using common products, minerals, and metals.
19.00 SCN (99-SCN-9)
Fetterolf, Monty L.