The Cradle Of The Twin Giants, Science And History (volume 2)

Paperback | January 8, 2012

byHenry Christmas

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1849. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER II. THE RECIPES FOR, AND THE ALLEGED SUCCESS OF, TRANSMUTATION, ETC. The various recipes given for the transmutation of metals, and indeed all recipes for alchemical secrets are written in a manner so purposely obscure, that if there ever were any meaning in them, it is quite impossible at the present time to say what it was. The students of the art were always told, that under the enigmatical language which caused them so much difficulty, was concealed the direction for a very simple and easy process; that though a veil was thrown over the face of their great goddess, that veil might by her persevering worshippers be removed; and, if ever so long a life were spent in fruitless attempts to fathom the mysteries of alchemy, yet their discovery at the eleventh hour would amply compensate for the previous labor and anxiety. Raymond Lully,1 whose works are as voluminous as his fame is great, remarks, " In the art of our magistery nothing is hid by the philosophers except the secret of the art, which is not lawful for any man to reveal, and which, if it were done, he should be cursed, and should incur the indignation of the Lord, and should die of an apoplexy." The con 1 See Rev. Sec. Sp. p. 41. elusion of Chaucer's " Chanon Yeoman's Tale,"1 which, oddly enough, Ashmole has admitted into the " Theatrum Chemicum Britannicum," is very much to the same purpose, except that the poet advises, since there is so great a secret, which is so by the especial Providence of God, man shall not attempt to discover it . The Alchemists, on the contrary, say that it is only intended to be concealed from the profane; and that if any man, by long study, do attain to its knowledge, then to him is it revealed by the Divine favor. The mixture of religion and Alchemy will b...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1849. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER II. THE RECIPES FOR, AND THE ALLEGED SUCCESS OF, TRANSMUTATION, ETC. The various recipes given for the transmutation...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:104 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.22 inPublished:January 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217076181

ISBN - 13:9780217076180

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