By Robert M. Schuler

Of curiosity to interdisciplinary historians in addition to these in numerous different fields, this publication offers the 1st booklet of 14 poems starting from 12 to 3,000 strains. The poems are revealed within the chronological order in their composition, from Elizabethan to Augustan instances, yet 9 of them are verse translations of works from previous classes within the improvement of alchemy. every one has a textual and ancient advent and explanatory word via the Editor. Renaissance alchemy is stated as a huge point within the histories of early glossy technology and drugs. This publication emphasises those poems’ expression of and shaping impact on spiritual, social and political values and associations in their time too and is an invaluable reference paintings with a lot to supply for cultural experiences and literary experiences in addition to technological know-how and background.

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Paris, 1888). Toll, incidentally, is lampooned in Hermetzck Raptures, line 575. l3 The abundance of Latin alchemical poems from the Middle Ages provides a stark contrast to these few Arabic texts. While only those from the British Isles have been systematically catalogued, they can be taken as indicative of the larger number that one would no doubt find in continental libraries. Only one poem is as early as the twelfth century, and none is recorded from the thirteenth. W. Singer lists eleven verse texts in fourteenth-century manuscripts (most also reappear in later copies), and thirty-six others date from the fifteenth century, many of which survive in multiple copies.

Both Dutch and German translations were made of this work by 1685 (Ferguson, 2:475). One ought to mention, too, Samuel Pordage's massive Mundorum Explicatio (1661); while not strictly or wholly alchemical, this 332-page "sacred poem" is a compendium of Behmenist magical millenarianism and thus reflects, indirectly at least, the influence of Paracelsian alchemical mysticism. 22 Other substantial seventeenth-century poems, written both before and after Ashmole's publication, have remained in manuscript until now.

_ _ _ _ _ _ . ]. Libellus de alchimia. Trans. Sister Virginia Heines. Berkeley, 1958. ]. Aurora Consurgens: A Document Attributed to Thomas Aquinas on the Problem of Opposites in Alchemy. Ed. Marie-Louise von Franz. Trans. C. B. Glover. London, 1966. ]. Three Prose Version of the Secreta Secretorum. Ed. Robert Steele. s. 74. London, 1898. _ _ _ _ _ _ . Secretum Secretorum: Nine English Versions. Vol. 1, Text. Ed. M. A. Manzalaoui. EETS, 276. Oxford, 1977. Ashmole, Elias, ed. Theatrum Chemicum Britannicum.

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