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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About Gail Warshofsky Lapidus. Here you are presented with the first great secret and problem. 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 pusruit Elixir. Lists with This Book. Otherwise one may ask quite logically, why should nature stop at metals? For example, lapidux fairly primitive furnaces which were heated with charcoal, wood, and less savoury fuels, were difficult to control at a constant temperature over long periods of time, whereas our modern thermostatically controlled hot-plates are pf to carry on this task continuously without some one constantly in attendance.

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Alchemy texts archives – Lapidus

They can only be reconciled glld a medium which partakes of both natures, and the medium in which heat and cold are reconciled is dryness which can co-exist with both. In species, it is gold, more pure than the purest; it is fixed and incombustible like a stone, but its appearance is that of a very fine powder, impalpable to the touch, fragment as to smell, in potency a most penetrative spirit, apparently dry, and lapirus unctuous, and easily capable of tingeing a plate of metal.


In fact, each of these names could describe what the matter in the flask appeared like during the processes that took place at various stages of the alchemical process. Alchemy has no connection whatsoever with these matters except that their practitioners sometimes also pursued alchemy.

In Pursuit of Gold: Alchemy Today in Theory and Practice by Gail Warshofsky Lapidus

In the long-lived family of metals there are still many potential secrets, undreamed of by man, remaining to be discovered. Thanks for telling us about the problem. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Again, from the above-mentioned book, to emphasize the obvious: To suppose this is to make nonsense of all alchemical writings, for it is a purely chemical knowledge. Alexis is currently reading it Sep 18, Every treatise on alchemy is so artfully written that at every reading a different conception arises in the mind: Understand then that the alchemist takes four mercurial substances, namely four metals, if these are all alleged to have mercury as their base, and he reduces them to their two fundamental principles.

The Confusion of Alchemy So much has been written about alchemy during past centuries that everything possible that could have been said about the subject has been reiterated again and again in a multitude of ways.

Here they are given so that they may be recognised later on. A Brief Guide is one of many treatises to be found in the Hermetic Museum published in in two volumes. They also wrote that, because of its simplicity, fools would ridicule the art, were the materials and processes to become known.

Thus cold and heat are brought to dwell peaceably together in the dryness of the earth, and the dryness and the moisture in the coldness of the water. Again, the measurement of temperatures was another difficulty as the men of old depended upon feeling with their hands or using hot sand, water baths and such like; all of which means nothing to us in these days of thermometers and thermostats. Ernst marked it as to-read Oct 23, The alchemist constantly reiterates the expression that what takes nature a lf years, he can bring about in a very short time.


Books by Gail Warshofsky Lapidus. Calcination is the first purgation of the stone, the jn up of its humours, through its natural heat, which is stirred into vital action by the eternal heat of water, whereby the compound is converted into a black powder, which is og unctuous and retains its radical humour.

This being so, since in every department of nature there is a constant progression of birth, growth and increase, this natural evolutionary law applies to metals as well. This, however, is no stone, but a powder with the power to transmute base metals into gold or silver.

They have called it a dry water, which will not wet oapidus hand, and a metalline water, which can destroy metals, and mixes with them all in varying degrees.

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Erin Evans added it Apr 10, Refresh and try again. Among the secrets that were lacking was the knowledge of the correct timing and heating techniques. 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, Many godfearing men, who had nothing to gain by deception, testified on their death-beds to the truth pufsuit alchemy.