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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It may further help the reader to grasp the import of what follows in the rest of the book.

Take good notice now that really we have only one mass of matter, which may be easily pusruit into two, the sulphur and the mercury. Tara Lindsey added it Jan 15, It is generally imagined by those who are rather vague about the subject that alchemy has some connection with occultism, yoga or witchcraft, and possibly magical practices; and booksellers quite often lapldus alchemical books with these subjects together on their bookshelves.

These men were always known to flit from one country to another to preserve their identity and conceal their secret, to prevent their lives from being endangered.

Jared Loveless marked it as to-read Mar 01, Dean Ellis marked it as to-read Feb 21, Undertowe added it Jan 10, For everything which dissolves a substance naturally, still preserving the specific properties of the thing dissolved, becomes one with it, coalesces with it, and is thickened by it, thus nourishing it; as we see in the case of a grain of wheat, which when dissolved by the humid earthy vapour, thereby takes up that vapour as its radical moisture, and grows together with it into a plant.

The masters said of fire that it kills the life in metals even as corn made into bread is not fit for planting in the earth to grow again. Heather Partridge marked it as to-read Nov 13, Lisa Sophia marked it as to-read Oct 27, A Brief Guide is one of many treatises to be found in the Hermetic Museum published in in two volumes.

The Secret book by Artephius presented later in this book will help solve this difficulty to a great extent.


Thus, for the present the secrets are concealed, but not irretrievably lost. Alchemists maintain that nature does not stop at metals.

In Pursuit of Gold: Alchemy Today in Theory and Practice

Their mercury, they warn, must be prepared and is permanently fixed, not to be separated from any metal once it is joined to it. Their dry water was not water so much as the vapour given off by metals and, pursit being hard to come by, was a secret so deeply hidden that men spent their whole lives experimenting without ever discovering it.

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. Consummation of the Hermetic Marriage It is called a stone by virtue of purxuit fixed nature, and it resists the action of the fire as successfully as any stone.

Even so modern chemistry has much for which to thank them. 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.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Ernst purshit it as to-read Oct 23, Christine Schwarz marked it as to-read Aug 22, The first dealbation reduces the substance to its two principles, sulphur and mercury; the first of which is fixed, while the other is volatile. The treatises are full of stumbling blocks, blinds, misleading statements, important keys left out and lies put in: It may possibly be conjectured that this is how the unfortunate Incas of Peru produced such great quantities of gold; or again it may be hazarded that from the same source came the gold with which King Solomon decorated his temple so lavishly in biblical times.

Alchemy texts archives – Lapidus

As for the Elixir of Life, conferring immortality is the prerogative of God alone, but to quote from an old book: This is all the present author intends to present of the Brief Guide, for to give more lapidu this juncture is but to lead to confusion. The solids became a slime, or liquid, and the slime or liquid was thickened into solids again. As is generally lapidks, 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.


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Return to Book Page. The first work of the alchemist was to reduce the solids into liquid or water and, again, the water into solids. Calcination is the first purgation of the stone, the drying 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 yet unctuous and retains its radical humour.

They can only be reconciled in 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.

Alchemy texts archives – Lapidus

This sulphur and mercury are the elements with which all the books of the philosophers busy themselves. Human greed has always been a deterrent against open declarations of success in pursuig art, and therefore the philosophers thought it 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!

In other words, we gather that most important secret that the end of the first process delivers into our hands two products made from the chaos or mixture of the four, and these are named sulphur and mercury.

Perhaps it would help to recapitulate what has been said in the above work.