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The Alchemy Reader: From Hermes Trismegistus to Isaac Newton [Paperback]

Stanton J. Linden

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Sept. 15 2003 0521796628 978-0521796620
Ranging from the pre-Christian era to Robert Boyle and Isaac Newton at the end of the seventeenth century, this Reader covers a broad range of alchemical authors and works. Organized chronologically, it includes around thirty selections in authoritative but lightly-modernized versions. The selections will provide the reader with a basic introduction to the field and its interdisciplinary links with science and medicine, philosophy, religion, and literature and the arts.


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"... a new and valuable source of how these complicated ideas were originally expressed." Seattle Weekly

"The ideas presented in Linden's introduction are thoughtfully represented by his slections of primary sources. The readings themsleves are each prefaced by biographical information and commentary on the authors and texts, and the extensive bibliography and reading lists offer direction for further research." Sixteenth Century Journal Aida Patient, University of Alberta

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The Alchemy Reader offers a convenient introduction to a wide range of alchemical authors and works, from the pre-Christian era to Robert Boyle and Isaac Newton at the end of the seventeenth century. Organised chronologically, it includes around thirty selections in authoritative but lightly-modernised versions. The selections and extensive apparatus aim to provide the reader with a solid point of entry to the field and to its interdisciplinary links with science and medicine, philosophy, religion, and literature and the arts.

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Hermes Trismegistus, the "thrice great," demands place at the beginning of this collection, not for reasons of "actual" existence, scientific dating, and absolute chronology, but by virtue of the deeply rooted psychological appeal of myth, legend, and tradition. Read the first page
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for beginners and as quick review Sept. 26 2011
By Alex - Published on Amazon.com
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This piece is a good compilation. I have yet to thoroughly study each passage, but I have covered many. Some pieces do not at first appear to fit in (and perhaps they don't- I could very well be crazy), but after pulling yourself back from a linear view it comes together nicely. It is true that many sections of this compilation can be found elsewhere if you look so I recomend it for anyone looking for the essence of concepts set down by past leaders in the field.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent edition of primary sources Sept. 21 2005
By Albert Hand - Published on Amazon.com
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nice, easy to use, accessible translations. one of the first places one should go to get one's feet wet in the subject. useful introduction.
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