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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Want to Gld saving…. Ordinary or vulgar mercury, as they term it, will however volatilise or run out of amalgams when heat is applied. Undertowe added it Jan 10, Books by Gail Warshofsky Lapidus.

In Pursuit of Gold: Alchemy Today in Theory and Practice

Rabindranath Tagore Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature. 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. The first work of the alchemist was to reduce the solids into liquid or water and, again, the water into solids. There is one other metal which is not very common and which will be discussed later in this book, namely Antimony.

The men who wrote them were always in fear of the dangers that would inevitably follow anyone rash enough to expose his knowledge too frankly. Only a few of these plates, the most helpful, have been introduced here. This mercury has been permutated and juggled with in a thousand different treatises. Heather Partridge marked it as to-read Nov 13, It is called a stone by virtue of its fixed nature, and it resists the action of the fire as successfully as any stone.


Here you are presented with the first great secret and problem. Return to Book Page. One tends to read voraciously any alchemical book that comes to hand.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. This, however, is no stone, but a powder with the power to transmute base metals into gold or silver. Again, from the above-mentioned book, to emphasize the obvious: Erin Evans added it Apr 10, These men were always known to flit from one country to another to preserve their lapidjs and conceal their secret, to pursui their lives from being endangered.

This sulphur and mercury are the elements with which all the books of the philosophers busy themselves. Indeed, such mixed intentions are quite a common thing in alchemical literature.

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As is generally known, these facts can be said about ordinary mercury or quicksilver, yet to all the adepts in the art this latter is disdained and is not used. If then that which hinders 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.

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. There are also many books written by ignorant rogues who battened on greedy rich men to trick the money out of their coffers.

They are compared to two serpents, the fixed substance to a serpent without wings, and the volatile substance to a serpent with wings.

This calcination is performed for the purpose of rendering the substance viscous, spongy, and more especially penetratable; for gold in itself is highly fixed, and difficult of solution even in our ot, but through this calcination, it becomes soft and white, and we observe it in its two natures, pursuut fixed and the volatile, which we liken to two serpents.


Christine Schwarz marked it as to-read Aug 22, We must take good notice of this claim, for here lies one of the main stumbling blocks.

Though the aforementioned sages wrote in different times, and in different languages, yet their works exhibit so marvellous an agreement, that any true philosopher may easily see that all their hearts have been gladdened by God in the discovery of this stone, and that they all had perform, work with their own hands. Be ready therefore to recognize this pair whenever they are met with in alchemical literature.

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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. About Gail Warshofsky Lapidus. Jared Loveless marked it as to-read Mar 01, The Wisdom of Artephius 5.

They have called it a dry water, which will not wet the hand, and a lursuit water, which can destroy golc, and mixes with them all in varying degrees. The Journey through the Twelve Gates 9.

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.

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