This very short tract is an excellent primer to alchemy; it’s actually more an explanation of the veils and hidden meanings of the terms used by other works than it is a process in its own right- the author is anonymous, but Waite dug it up and managed to translate it. Altogether, when paired with other longer, more literal works, it’s of far greater value than its general obscurity suggests.
Within the realm of alchemy a heavy amount of metaphor is typically used, but Freher’s short tract here is exceptional perhaps for its willingness to state that the spiritual, here, and the chemical are deliberately overlapped- that isn’t to say it’s as transparent as glass; the text specifically (at the end, obviously!) says there is more that could be said, omitted because it’s superfluous- a common cliff-hanger style in literature dealing with alchemy.
Though short, this work has as much detail on the rudimentary process of refining base materials into the stone of the philosophers (elixir)- here more a spiritual matter than physical, as the Rosarium Philosophorum.
This alchemical manuscript is rather short, and alludes to Pontanus, Flamel, Hermes, and others, while proposing a six-step sort of system in which the philosophers’ stone is made and used for various purposes.
It is vaguely a shortened adaptation of the Rosarium Philosophorum; making use of the general metaphor of the age- coagulating, fermenting, distilling, and other processes are overlapped with spiritual, often cosmic imagery.
Talk about an early Yule gift; Createspace saw fit to finally accept and process this submission two months later; I have to assume whoever had it on hold quit their job or there was a glitch in the system.
This short work is alchemical in nature; it appears to adapt and retell “A Work of Saturn” by Hollandus and describes the crafting and augmenting of the philosophers’ stone to create elixir- a sort of metallic substance that melts like wax at low heat (or in contact with silver) and can be dissolved in wine or injected into wounds- that this substance is a sort of mercurial compound renders it perhaps less favorable in modern medicine, although I suppose it could destroy infections.
This tract of alchemy was written by the famous Michael Maier, a German alchemist of the 16th and 17th century. It is an interesting work particularly because the veil of metaphor used to describe the process of alchemy itself takes the form of a short story involving the search for the legendary Phoenix- indeed, the putrefaction and vaporizing processes of the alchemists do seem to overlap with this imagery fairly well.
Maier is hopeful that the reader will compare this allegorical system to the general rudiments of alchemy which even the laypeople comprehended and will be able to discover for themselves the process.
The Golden Tractate of Hermes is one of the shorter variety of alchemical works ever made, but that doesn’t make it worth a read; along with Pontanus’ and Artephius’ works (with allusions infrequently in other materials) it seeks to explain alchemy without all of the symbolism and veils most prevalent therein- a task it performs with some degree of success.
Not actually written by Trismegistus but in the Renaissance, the content here is as much to illuminate other works as to explain its own Ixir-crafting process.
This was a one-day editing work alongside some material I got done for Sickness in Hell and the Greater Key; a little work by Roger Bacon on processing antimony to make the infamous red oil of the philosophers, using also lead, in a way quite similar to the work of Hollandus on the topic of Saturn.
The process here is quite literal so those who desire more how-to and less metaphoric alchemical lore will probably appreciate this specific tract. The medical applications of the final result of this work are considered here to be quite prolific- ranging from treating gout to preventing or stopping mania and fever.