This volume contains the works of the pseudonymous Eirenaeus Philalethes, an Alchemist purported to have discovered the Philosopher's Stone. First printings of these tracts appeared between 1654 and 1683. This is the first collection of all contemporaneously English treatises of Philalethes. Only two tracts remain unpublished in English. More then 300 years after the publications of the rich works contained herein the identity of Eirenaeus Philalethes is still secreted in a labyrinth of circumstantial clues. The mysterious, nearly mythological author stands as the perfect metaphor for the enigma of pseudonyms and symbolism of the Hermetic practices. Philalethes is the Latinization of the Greek and translated "Lover of truth."
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This volume is unique. It is the only to contain all Philalethes' works currently available in English, and it is indexed. Original format has been carefully preserved throughout, offering readers access to complete, authentic, and legible text and content for their enjoyment and studies, without having to resort to the microfilm copies previously available to most readers as the only source for much of the text contained within.
This work was commissioned by a scholar of The Art who lovingly guided the stringent accuracy of the detail restoration and publication of the material contained within. Consistent with the Hermetic Tradition, he wishes to remain __Anonymous.Review :
"Who was Eirenaeus Philalethes? Everybody loves a mystery and... it provides a tantalizing puzzle for those who burrow into the archives of alchemy. Anonymity and paranoia were a traditional feature of the alchemical world view, and in Philalethes's own works he gives us a account of escaping from a greedy rabble...These writings where produced at a time when a noble ferment was bubbling in the newly opening world of science. It was a strange, paradoxical time, when the practice of alchemy inspired the very model of science ...The works of Philalethes were used by Newton in his experiments... This edition provides an excellent source book for the history of alchemy. Philalethes should be read as a serious contribution to Western alchemy." -- Gnosis Magazine / Winter 1996 reviewed by Cherry Gilchrist
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Description du livre Cinnabar, 1994. Hardcover. État : New. N° de réf. du libraire P110964006707
Description du livre Cinnabar, 1994. Hardcover. État : New. book. N° de réf. du libraire 964006707