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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Grafton (1 Mar. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0261665456
  • ISBN-13: 978-0261665453
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 21.6 x 27.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 500,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Aquarian Press, 1989. Softcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Large format softcover with minor edge wear to cover, otherwise binding and pages are clean and tight. 248 pages.

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By G. Kinch on 27 Mar. 2013
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surely one of the broadest and comprehensive approaches to the subject - level-headed, readable and extremely well-illustrated from a wide variety of historical sources.
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Exhaustive Treasure-House of Images: Exhausting Text. 26 May 2003
By B. Erickson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Practically every old alchemical emblem ever peeled of the printing block is included in this wonderful collection, which is invaluable for this reason alone. The text is a rather muddy analysis along Jungian psychological lines and amounts to little. But the pictures! What a spectacular theatre of bizarre imagery! Indeed the need to interpret is ineluctable. Many volumes have been written offering equally plausable, and mutually exclusive, solutions to the cypher-babble of the alchemists. Since there is no reason to suppose that the medieval sages themselves were all on the same page, no single modern interpretation is sufficient to explain their strange symbols away. Fortunately it's not really necessary to understand these pictures in order to enjoy them - in fact it might easily be said that their very impenetrability is the key to the fascination they hold. All enthusiasts of curious antiquities, students of comparative religion and the migration of symbols, latter-day mystics interested in magic and the occult, could loose hours and hours rapt in close contemplation of this spectacular book. A must-have!
Similar in scope, containing many of the same plates and including a few others exclusively, is "The Golden Game: Alchemical Engravings of the Seventeenth Century" by Stanislas Klossowski de Rola.
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splendid! 7 Jun. 2000
By Craig Chalquist, PhD, author of TERRAPSYCHOLOGY and DEEP CALIFORNIA - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A readable and thorough explanation of the alchemical arts; comes with quality pictures and, even better, commentary on the psychological symbolism of alchemy from both a Jungian and a psychoanalytic perspective.
good book 21 Sept. 2013
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this is an interesting book, i appreciate the artwork on the cover, old alchemical pictures were color coded, the colors relay deep, alchemical meaning. for those of you who are interested in alchemy, here is an interesting dvd, it shows the process of the magnum opus (the great work),step by step. The Magnum Opus
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