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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In the long-lived family of metals there are still many potential secrets, undreamed of by man, remaining to be discovered. The Confusion of Alchemy So much has alpidus 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.

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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Otherwise one may ask quite logically, why should nature stop at metals? Lists with This Book. Indeed, what has salt, sulphur and mercury, the three principles of the art, to do with religion or spiritual thought? The solids became a slime, or liquid, and the slime or liquid was thickened into solids again.

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. Books by Gail Warshofsky Lapidus. This mercury has been permutated and juggled with in a thousand different treatises. These pictures, it must be remembered, are nothing more than the fanciful imaginations of an artistic author whose intention was to simultaneously reveal and conceal the secrets of alchemy. Alchemy has no connection whatsoever with these matters except that their practitioners sometimes also pursued alchemy.

This, however, is no stone, but a powder with the power to transmute base metals into gold or silver.

All this work was carried out in a natural manner; no fires or furnaces like the metallurgist uses. The Red Man and his White Wife 8.

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John marked it as to-read Dec 30, In ogld ways we today have many advantages and facilities which they sorely lacked.

Dean Ellis marked it as to-read Feb 21, Caroline marked it as to-read Mar 19, It is called a stone by virtue of its fixed nature, and it resists the action of the fire as successfully as any stone.


As for the Elixir of Life, conferring immortality is the prerogative of God alone, but to quote from an old book: One finds it a prominent term in all the literature on alchemy. Silver Moon, luna, the lesser luminary, the queen.

For as a lion is always born of a lion and a man of a man, so all things owe their birth to that which they are like. Verdandi added it Mar 11, This sulphur and mercury are the elements with which all the books of the philosophers busy themselves.

Heather Partridge marked it as to-read Nov 13, Erin Evans added it Apr 10, Be ready therefore to recognize this pair whenever they are met with in alchemical literature. 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.

Many godfearing men, who had nothing to gain by deception, testified on their death-beds to the truth of alchemy.

There are no discussion topics on this puesuit yet. The simple answer is that there is hardly a treatise ;ursuit the many thousands that can be clearly understood. They are compared to two serpents, the fixed substance to a serpent without wings, and the volatile substance to a serpent with wings. Return to Ciencia Real.

Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature. Germain, who never appeared to grow older in appearance. Return to Book Page. Nature produces the metals out of cold and humid mercury, and by assiduous digestion; our lwpidus 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 fold noble, which lapius transmute imperfect metals into pure gold.

Before drawing too near to those treatises whose importance consists in seeming plainly written, with apparently full instructions both in theory and practice, we would like to present the explanatory treatise by Philalethes entitled A Brief Guide to the Celestial Ruby.


This fact is not immediately obvious owing to the shortness of human life compared to the long stretches of time necessary for minerals to gestate and develop imperceptibly those changes in nature which occur whilst they are in the earth. Want to Read saving….

How potent then must be the spiritual nature lursuit our stone, which can effect more in one hour by a bare projection than nature in the course of the ages. Sherbon marked it as to-read Aug 21, One tends to read voraciously any alchemical book that comes to hand. For example, their fairly primitive furnaces which were llapidus with charcoal, wood, and less savoury fuels, were difficult lapiduw control at a constant temperature over long periods of time, whereas our modern thermostatically controlled hot-plates are able to carry on this task continuously without some one constantly in attendance.

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. Now, as the truth of their views is perceived by their agreement, so the disagreement of certain others marks them as false philosophers.

Fire and air were the two other elements which made up their four elements, but these latter two we can ignore for the moment. Although spread chaotically over thousands of volumes, it will indeed emerge that in one page only in a book, the whole theory and practice of the art of alchemy could lie revealed. It is worthwhile to again attempt the unravelling of this great problem. Vade Mecum Appendix I. It is the intention of this book to raise the aura of complexity from alchemical writings, and once again restore the interest of enterprising minds in the subject.

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.