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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (Sept. 15 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521796628
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521796620
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 1.5 x 24.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
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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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HASH(0xa2c8c540) out of 5 stars Good for beginners and as quick review Sept. 26 2011
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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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HASH(0xa2de0e48) out of 5 stars excellent edition of primary sources Sept. 21 2005
By Albert Hand - Published on
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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.
HASH(0xa2ee4d08) out of 5 stars Five Stars Jan. 5 2015
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Lovely book. It provides an overview of several authors
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HASH(0xa205618c) out of 5 stars Good book, Bad Delivery Dec 6 2014
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While the book is a great survey on alchemy, the USPS delivered it in the rain and the paper envelope completely soaked through, wetting the book. Books need to be protected in plastic to prevent such disasters.