Alchemical texts

Texts in English
16th Century and earlier 17th Century and earlier 18th Century and earlier
Texts primarily dealing with physical alchemy: Texts primarily dealing with allegorical, philosophical and spiritual alchemy:
16th Century and earlier:
A Chymicall treatise of Arnoldus de Nova Villa ,  The Secret Book of Artephius ,  Everburning Lights of Trithemius ,  English translation of the Rosarium philosophorum ,  Geber's Discovery of Secrets ,  Pretiossissime Donum Dei ,  The Crowning of Nature ,  Roger Bacon Tract on the Tincture and Oil of Antimony ,  Coelum philosophorum of Paracelsus ,  Paracelsus - The Treasure of Treasures for Alchemists ,  A Work of Saturn by Johann Isaac Hollandus

17th Century:
Athanasius Kircher's Table of alchemical equipment and operations ,  The three alchemical flasks of Oldfield ,  Colours to be observed in the Operation of the Great Work ,  The Six Keys of Eudoxus ,  Phantom alchemical plants of Quersitanus ,  Basil Valentine's Triumphal Chariot of Antimony ,  The Aphorisms of Urbigerus ,  Circulatum Minus of Urbigerus ,  Frontispiece to Urbigerus ,  John French The Art of Distillation ,  Francis Bacon - Experiments touching Sulphur and Mercury ,  Francis Bacon - The Making of Gold ,  Joannes Agricola A Treatise on Gold ,  Concerning the Material of the Stone - Ms. l'Arsenal 3027

18th Century:
The Golden Chain of Homer ,  Rosicrucian Aphorisms and Process - Bacstrom

16th Century and earlier:
The words of Father Aristeus to his son ,  Simon Forman - Of the Division of Chaos ,  An Alchemical Mass ,  Alchemy in the English State Papers ,  The Golden Tractate of Hermes ,  Alchemical Catechism of Baron Tschoudy ,  The Mirror of Alchemy - Roger Bacon ,  Bloomfield's Blossoms ,  The practise of Mary the Prophetess in the Alchymicall Art ,  An Alchemical poem by Thomas Rawlin ,  Summary of the Rosary of Arnold de Villa Nova ,  Pontanus - Epistle on the mineral fire ,  The Ripley Scroll ,  The Turba philosophorum ,  Marsilio Ficino on the alchemical art ,  Pontanus - The Secret Fire ,  Paracelsus - The Book Concerning the Tincture of the Philosophers ,  Paracelsus - The Aurora of the philosophers ,  Petrus Bonus A form and method of perfecting base metals

17th Century:
Aula lucis, or, The House of Light by Thomas Vaughan ,  Steganographick Collection from Le Tableau des Riches Inventions ,  Oswald Croll Preface of Signatures ,  Extract from Glauber's Short Book of Dialogues ,  Khunrath's Natural Symbolum or short confession ,  The names of the Philosophers' Stone by William Gratacolle ,  Michael Maier's Atalanta Fugiens ,  Extract from Alchymie et le Songe Verde ,  A 17th century allegorical alchemical poem by Edmund Dickinson ,  153 Chymical aphorisms of F.M. van Helmont. ,  157 Phylosophick Canons ,  The Book of Lambspring ,  Edward Kelly's Theatre of Terrestrial Astronomy ,  Edward Kelly's The Stone of the Philosophers ,  The Light coming out of darkness - Crasselame ,  Everard's translation of the Corpus Hermeticum ,  Verse on the Threefold Sophic Fire ,  The Tomb of Semiramis ,  On the Philosophers' Stone ,  Valentine Weigel - Astrology Theologized ,  Thomas Vaughan - Coelum Terrae ,  Aesch-Mezareph ,  The Iconologia of Cesare Ripa ,  Introduction to the Iconologia of Cesare Ripa ,  The War of the Knights ,  Robert Fludd's Mosaical Philosophy [extract] ,  The Hermetic Triumph ,  An anonymous treatise on the Philosophers' stone ,  Jean Albert Belin - The Adventures of an Unknown Philosopher ,  Ruland - On the Prima Materia ,  The letter of a philosopher concerning the secret of the great work ,  The Natural round Physick or Philosophy of the Alchymical Cabalistical Vision ,  An hundred aphorisms containing the whole body of magic from Ms. Sloane 1321 ,  Certain Verses of an Unknown Writer,  from Benedict Figulus ,  A Short Enquiry concerning the Hermetic Art ,  The Hermetic Arcanum ,  Limojon Saint-Didier's Letter to the True Disciples of Hermes ,  The Glory of Light ,  Place in Space

18th Century and later:
Two prayers for alchemists by Eckartshausen ,  Freher's Process in the Philosophical Work ,   R.W. Councell Apollogia Alchymiae ,  The Philadelphian Gold ,  The Hermaphrodite child of the Son and Moon

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  • Some pieces of Nicolas Flammel (3 items)
  • Some works of Sendivogius (4 items)
  • Alchemical allegories (19 items)
  • Rosicrucian texts (10 items)
  • Literary works influenced by alchemy (5 items)
  • Texts from the Musaeum Hermeticum (12 items)

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  • Alchemical texts in French (12 items)
  • Alchemical texts in Russian (5 items)
  • Alchemical texts in Italian (5 items)
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