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10 Dec 2007
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This is a collection of five alchemical tracts written by one of the most famous alchemists who was said to have discovered the Philosopher's Stone. In these writings Paracelsus attempts to educate the reader about the nature of the Philosopher's Stone and the scientific principles from which we can be assured of its existence and understand how it works. Like all alchemical tracts, the language is very cryptic and allegorical so as to be unintelligible to the unworthy.

Table of Contents:

Publisher’s Preface; Preface; Coelum Philosophorum By Paracelsus; Part I.; Concerning The Nature And Properties Of Mercury.; Concerning The Nature And Properties Of Jupiter.; Concerning Mars And His Properties.; Concerning Venus And Its Properties.; Concerning The Nature And Properties Op Saturn.; Concerning Luna And The Properties Thereof.; Concerning The Nature Of Sol And Its Properties.; Part ii.; God And Nature Do Nothing In Vain.; Note On Mercurius vivus.; What Is To Be Thought Concerning The Congelation Of Mercury.; Concerning The Receipts Of Alchemy.; How To Conjure The Crystal So That All Things May Be Seen In It.; Concerning The Heat Of Mercury.; What Materials And Instruments Are Required In Alchemy.; The Method Of Seeking Minerals.; What Alchemy Is.; The Book Concerning The Tincture Of The Philosophers By Paracelsus; Preface.; The Book Concerning The Tincture Of The Philosophers.; Concerning The Definition Of The Subject And Matter Of The Tincture Of The Philosophers.; Concerning The Process Of The Ancients For The Tincture Of The Philosophers, And A More Compendious Method By Paracelsus.; Concerning The Process For The Tincture Of The Philosophers, As It Is Shortened By Paracelsus.; Concerning The Conclusion Of The Process Of The Ancients, Made By Paracelsus.; Concerning The Transmutation Of Metals By The Perfection Of Medicine.; Concerning The Renovation Of Men.; The Treasure Of Treasures For Alchemists By Paracelsus; Concerning The Sulphur Of Cinnabar; Concerning The Red Lion.; Concerning The Green Lion.; The Aurora Of The Philosophers By Paracelsus; Wherein Is Declared That The Greeks Drew A Large Part Of Their Learning From The Egyptians; And How It Came From Them To Us.; What Was Taught In The Schools Of The Egyptians.; What Magi The Chaldeans, Persians, And Egyptians Were.; Concerning The Chief And Supreme Essence Of Things.; Concerning The Different Errors As To Its Discovery And Knowledge.; Concerning The Errors Of Those Who Seek The Stone In Vegetables.; Concerning Those Who Have Sought The Stone In Animals.; Concerning Those Who Have Sought The Stone In Minerals.; Concerning Those Who Have Sought The Stone And Also Particulars In Minerals.; Concerning The True And Perfect Special Arcanum Of Arsenic For The White Tincture.; General Instruction Concerning The Arcanum Of vitriol And The Red Tincture To Be Extracted From It.; Special Instruction Concerning The Process Of vitriol For The Red Tincture.; Concerning The Secrets And Arcana Of Antimony, For The Red Tincture, With A view To Transmutation.; Concerning The Projection To Be Made By The Mystery And Arcanum Of Antimony; Concerning The Universal Matter Of The Philosophers’ Stone.; Concernlng The Preparation Of The Matter For The Philosophic Stone.; Concerning Instruments And The Philosophic Vessel.; Concerning The Secret Fire Of The Philosophers.; Concerning The Ferment Of The Philosophers, And The Weight.; Alchemical Catechism; A Short Catechism Of Alchemy; Endnotes

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  • Paperback: 171 pages
  • Publisher: Forgotten Books (10 Dec 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605060380
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605060385
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.2 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 723,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paracelsus, born in Einsiedeln, Switzerland, was an alchemist, physician, astrologer, and general occultist. Born Phillip von Hohenheim, he later took up the name Philippus Theophrastus Aureolus Bombastus von Hohenheim, and still later took the title Paracelsus, meaning "equal to or greater than Celsus", a Roman encyclopedist from the first century known for his tract on medicine.

Paracelsus wrote many tracts on alchemy, mostly dealing with the nature of the so-called Philosopher's Stone. Sadly, Paracelsus died an early, violent death at the hands of those who were jealous of his supieror knowledge and annoyed by his arrogant attitude.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Hermetic & Alchemical Writing of Paracelsus 7 May 2013
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Looking forward to reading this book. I enjoy looking into historical history like this book. Hermetic's and Alchemical writings are very interesting.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Tough 2 Jan 2013
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Sometimes quite a tough chew as its in old english in context and takes a while to get used to but interesting subjects that would of been classed as witchery in the authors day.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Buyer Beware 5 Aug 2010
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Useful for what it has, but beware: This is not the Waite edition (privately printed in 1894 and reprinted in paperback by Shambhala and, more recently, by Kessinger and, BEST CHOICE, Martino: The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus--Two Volumes in One) but an extract of pieces therein. The Waite edition (translated by other hands, as he explains in the preface) is nearly 800 pages long, this less than 200. The same caveat applies to the Kindle edition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars cryptic philosophy 28 Jan 2010
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This must be one of the most intriguing and cryptic books ever written, by the arrogant and masterful Paracelsus. He writes about the metal qualities of the 7 planets, and how to produce Sol, The Sun. But written in a highly esoteric manner, few people will understand the true meanings of this epic, classic book, but it it still highly recommended to all who have an interest in either: philosophy, metals, stones, chemistry, hermetic, medieval, freemasonry, rosy cross, esoteric, mysticism, alchemy and symbolism. Buy it!
5.0 out of 5 stars What a gem! 22 Jun 2014
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A brilliant book by one of the last and most underated chemist/alchemist/esoteric philosopher of our age. A must for the student Occultist or theosophist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good selection 9 April 2008
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Althoug E. A. Waite could seem a little too verbose in his writings, his capabilities as translator are undoubted and widely appreciated: this classical work on Paracelsus is well and carefully translated and the choice of writings is very interesting and representative of the rivolutionary teachings of the Swiss Father of modern Medicine and reformer of Alchemy after the Renaissance.
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