"... 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
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.