Of the Transmutation of Metals
- Book ID:
- Of the Transmutation of Metals
- Publisher name:
- Vintage Readers
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- Dewey decimal number:
- 135.45 VAR
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Photographic reproduction of a 17th century book on alchemy by Paracelsus.
Title page missing, possibly the Robert Turner translation of 1657.
Paracelsus (aka Theophrastus von Hohenheim) was an important figure in the German Renaissance. Born in Switzerland in 1493, he trained as a physician in Italy, and then travelled widely across Europe, Russia and the Middle East. Like the great earlier physician Dioscorides, Paracelsus was drawn to the knowledge of practitioners of traditional folk medicine, which led him to reject the then prevailing theory that health was related to the four humours. Instead, he became a very influential champion of the experimental method and the study of nature. See the Science Museum's website, http://broughttolife.sciencemuseum.org.uk/broughttolife/people/paracelsus
On the CD The Emerald Tablets of Thoth and Other Books on Alchemy, Hermeticism, Rosicrucianism and Magic (135.45 VAR 8389).
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