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A mixed abstract and emblematic image.

Earlier we looked at an abstract alchemical emblem. Here is an example of a mixed abstract and emblematic one. This is from an 18th century…

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0 Oct 6, 2017

Abstract emblems of Rudolf Glauber.

It is not often that we find an alchemical author providing an explanation, or at least a key, to one of the emblems in his books. This abs…

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0 Oct 6, 2017

Suns and Moons and Silvery water.

Let us take a look at a well known emblem from the Aurora consurgens, the earliest manuscript, MS. Rhenoviensis 172, being of the 15th cent…

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0 Oct 6, 2017

The tree with twelve plus one flowers.

The origins of this engraving are somewhat uncertain. It appears tipped into a copy of Oswald Croll's Chymisch Kleynod (Chemical jewel) of…

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0 Oct 6, 2017

Phosphorus.

During the latter part of the 17th century the discovery of phosphorus intrigued and challenged the established ideas of alchemy. Suddenly,…

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0 Oct 6, 2017

An Obscure Emblem.

It is not very often that I come across an alchemical emblem quite unknown to me, but yesterday I found this item. It appears as the fronti…

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0 Oct 6, 2017

Painting of second Key of Valentine.

I recently came across a painting in gouache of the second Key of Basil Valentine. This was sold at an auction held in France last year. It…

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0 Oct 6, 2017

Woodcuts paralleling animal emblems and apparatus

Following upon the discussion on symbolic and physical alchemy where we saw various emblems being linked to physical laboratory apparatus,…

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0 Oct 6, 2017

Two Hermaphrodites.

Das Buch der Heiligen Dreifaltigkeit (Book of the Holy Trinity) is one of the earliest alchemical manuscripts containing emblematic symboli…

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0 Oct 6, 2017

Liber sapientiae - another book with seven seals.

There is another alchemical emblem of a book with seven seals which bears little connection to the one we have looked at earlier. This is e…

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0 Oct 6, 2017

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