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The Crucified Christ-Eagle.

The Buch der heilgen Dreifaltigkeit is a complex document, part a work of historical prophecy and part an alchemical text. The core of its…

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0 Oct 6, 2017

The alchemical orb at the centre of Nature.

Though at first glance this drawing from Ms Mellon 110 in Yale may appear complex, it has a very simple structure. The two triangles of Fir…

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0 Oct 6, 2017

An alchemical book with lead pages.

In 1910 a rather interesting book was published Un libretto di Alchimia su lamine di piombo nel secolo XIV, edited by Angelo Marinelli. It…

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0 Oct 6, 2017

Pen Drawing in Vatican manuscript Ottoboni Latini 3032.

Here is an interesting pen drawing from a French manuscript in the Vatican Library MS. Vaticani Ottoboni Latini 3032, by Jaimmes De Monroig…

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0 Oct 6, 2017

Triple headed snakes or dragons.

We will take a look at some of the ways in which the triple headed snake or dragon appears in alchemical emblems. The first we consider is…

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0 Oct 6, 2017

Symbolic and physical alchemy.

The Wellcome Library in London has a significant collection of alchemical manuscripts. Among the many important items is the little known e…

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0 Oct 5, 2017

Basil Valentine engraving.

This is an engraving from the Revelation des mysteres des tinctures essentiales des sept metaux (Revelation of the mysteries of the essenti…

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0 Oct 5, 2017

Death and resurrection of the King.

In Leiden University in the Netherlands, there is a wonderful collection of over 100 alchemical manuscripts collected by Isaac Vossius the…

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0 Oct 5, 2017

Illustration connected to the Emerald Tablet of Hermes.

Here I show an illustration from a 1597 manuscript by the German Martin Sturtz. It bears the Latin title 'De humido radicali' though it is…

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0 Oct 5, 2017

Heraldry in the Book of the Holy Trinity.

Das Buch der heiligen Dreifaltigkeit (Book of the Holy Trinity) is among the first alchemical manuscripts to incorporate emblematic imagery…

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0 Oct 5, 2017

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