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Lives of alchemystical philosophers - To which is added a bibliography of alchemy and hermetic philosophy
The foundation of this work will be found in The Lives of Alchemystical Philosophers; with a Critical Catalogue of Books in Occult Chemistry, and a Selection of the most celebrated Treatises on the Theory and Practice of the Hermetic Art, which was published in the year 1815 by Lackington, Allen, & Company, of Finsbury Square, London. This anonymous book has been attributed by certain collectors to Francis Barrett, author of the notorious treatise entitled The Magus, or Celestial Intelligencer; but it may be safely affirmed that, alike in matter and treatment, it far transcends the extremely meagre capacities of that credulous amateur in occultism. It is indeed a work of much sense and unpretentious discrimination, and is now a bibliographical rarity which is highly prized by its possessors. The independent researches which have supplemented the biographical materials of the original compilation have produced in the present volume what is practically a new work under an old title; those lives which have been left substantially untouched as to facts have been more or less rewritten with a view to the compression of prolixities and the elimination of archaic forms, which would be incongruous in a work so extensively modified by the addition of new details. The Alphabetical Catalogue of Works[Pg 6] on Hermetic Philosophy has been considerably enlarged from such sources as Langlet du Fresnoys Histoire de la Philosophie Hermtique. The preliminary account of the Physical Theory and Practice of the Magnum Opus is a slight original sketch which, to readers unacquainted with alchemy, will afford some notion of the processes of accredited adepts. The introductory essay on the object of alchemical philosophy advocates new and important views concerning the great question of psychal chemistry, and appreciates at their true worth the conflicting theories advanced by the various schools of Hermetic interpretation. IMPORTANT NOTE. ......Buy Now (To Read More)
Ebook Number: 68687
Author: Barrett, Francis
Release Date: Aug 5, 2022
Publisher: George Redway
Publication Date: 1888
Contributor (Author): Waite, Arthur Edward, 1857-1942
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