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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Consummation of the Hermetic Marriage The seed becomes shoot, the bud a blossom, the flower becomes fruit. Human greed has always been a deterrent against open declarations of success in the 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!

Even those metals which you may buy commonly, the best of them; you must be a master and not just a scholar, namely as it is laapidus said in Norton: Again, from the above-mentioned book, to emphasize the obvious: Now, as the truth of their views is perceived by their agreement, so the disagreement of certain others marks them as false philosophers. The Journey through the Twelve Gates 9. Every treatise on alchemy is so artfully written that at every reading a different conception arises in the mind: This book is not yet featured on Listopia.

Alchemy has no connection whatsoever with these matters except that their practitioners sometimes also pursued alchemy. If then that which hinders their perfect golc 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. Our mercury is in fact a pure water, clean, clear, bright, and resplendent, worthy of all admiration.

There is another important item of which to take note. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. It may be of interest to know that these two volumes have- been republished in facsimile inand ; and there the reader will find the treatise in full. Alchemists maintain that nature does not stop at metals.


This wonderful medicine penetrates each smallest part of the base metal in proportion of 1 toand tinges them through and through with its noble nature. Thus, for the present the secrets are concealed, but not irretrievably lost.

A reproach is sometimes levelled at our art, as though it claimed the power of creating gold; every attentive reader will know that it only arrogates to itself the power of developing through the removal of all defects and superfluities, the golden nature, which the baser metals possess in common with that highly digested metalline substance.

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In Pursuit of Gold – Alchemy in Theory and Practice – 1

Erin Evans added it Apr 10, Ernst marked it as to-read Oct 23, 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. Nature produces the metals out of cold and humid mercury, and by assiduous digestion; our art takes the same crude and humid mercury, and conjoins it with mature gold, by a secret artifice; the mixture represents a new and far more potent mercury which by digestion, becomes not common gold, but one more noble, which can transmute imperfect metals into pure gold.

They were written often in Latin by masters who asserted they had themselves completed the work. Be ready therefore to recognize this pair whenever they are met with in alchemical literature. Germain, who never appeared to grow older in appearance. Christian marked it as to-read Jun 28, The alchemist constantly reiterates the expression that what takes nature a thousand years, he can bring about in a very short time.

The Wisdom of Artephius 5.

No, our water is the water of mercury, which dissolves homogeneous metallic bodies, and mingles with them in indissoluble union, abides with them, is digested with them, and together with them become the spiritual whole which we seek.


The Green Lion 7. Return to White Gold.

There is one other metal which is not very common and which will be discussed later in this book, namely Antimony. 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 lapisus both.

Gold Sol, sun, the greater luminary, the king.

Alchemy texts archives – Lapidus

Only a few of these plates, the most helpful, have been introduced here. Otherwise one may ask quite logically, why should nature stop at metals? It is the one true natural first substance, to which nothing is added, and from which nothing is subtracted, except certain superfluities, which however it will cast off without any aid by its own inherent vital action.

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. The simple answer is that there is hardly a treatise among the many thousands that can be clearly understood. In species, it is gold, more pure than the purest; it purshit 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 yet unctuous, and easily capable of tingeing a plate of metal.

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