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on 23 March 2009
A number of good books about alchemy have been written since the revival of interest during the twentieth century, but this isn't really one of them. The sub-title describes the book as "A manual for practical laboratory alchemy", but the practical bits are essentially the ordinary techniques of any chemistry laboratory, and the rest is pretty dubious stuff.

Distilling your own alcohol and using it to extract drugs (pharmaceutical or otherwise) is described in some detail, and might explain the book's appeal in some quarters (though there are better descriptions now on the net). The author is vague about other achievements, but the metallic preparations he has made "after a long and wearisome process" seem to be ordinary substances that can be made without too much trouble by any competent chemist.

Albertus is heavily into Rosicrucianism, mysticism, and the need for initiatiation into the secret knowledge of the sages. These beliefs were common enough in later alchemy, but by no means universal. The book is essentially a curiosity, the work of someone actually claiming to practise alchemy as late as the twentieth century. His own particular mystical views are not representative of alchemy as a whole, and if he is not exaggerating the difficulties of his laboratory work, he doesn't seem to have been all that good at it.
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on 13 June 1999
I saw this in a bookstore and, knowing little of alchemy, bought it. It explains much of the minor arcana (the herbal kingdom) and little of the major arcana (the mineral kingdom) because, Albertus writes, "it is not permissible." I was skeptical when I began to read, but he is very convincing. Anyone with the slightest interest in alchemy should read it.
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on 5 December 2014
Alchemy is literally the changing, and hopefully raising, of vibratory state of mind or matter to a higher and more coherent level. If the average searcher of this phenomena is earnest as doesn't just expect this transformation to happen over night then this book will deliver with successive readings in this Hermeticists honest opinion. As with everything in life you have to already be ready for the initiation and during trust that the process will happen with an open mind and the universe will provide for you.

May you be reborn from the ashes and know thyself..

Namaste
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on 31 October 1998
This is a good book for those interested in chemistry and/or herbs; also a good book for an initiate who can get his hands on chemistry equipment. It basically describes how to extract plant matter; it has a section at the end entitled "Wisdom of the Sages", which is to be studied and meditated on to gain full benefit.
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on 8 November 2008
I bought this book hoping to get an understand of Alchemey. It's not a book for the lay man and explain nothing of the reason WHY the alchemist is practising all this.

If you are buying this hoping to gain an understanding (starting as a layman) then try elsewhere.
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on 12 April 1998
This book was the key to open my mind to the real significate of Alchemy, and how to begin practice the minor circulation. It pays his weight in golden one thousand times !
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on 18 August 2004
I strongly suggest you purchase this book before it gets out of print and becomes unavailable, similar to Sigil Magick.
It is well worth having it whether you are into Alchemy or not. A must for every wizard library.
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on 4 August 2014
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