Know more about Eirenaeus Philalethes | News and views about people around the world | Our first look at a New World alchemist. We look at Eirenaeus Philalethes and the person behind the name, George Starkey. He’s one of the. Philalethes, Eirenaeus: Collectanea Chymica: A Collection of Ten Several Treatises in Chymistry, Concerning The Liquor Alkahest, The Mercury of Philosophers.

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Philalethes tells philalethse that his discourse has been somewhat metaphorical: By parathesis, on the other hand, I mean the heaping-up of synonyms for a given process, substance, or apparatus, again with the intention of bewildering the reader.

But taking out his copy of d’Espagnet’s Enchiridion Physicae Restitutae, he observes that he can no longer read a single word of it In the following we shall introduce the reader to the striking visual imagery of one of the most obscure Eirenaaeus texts — the Exposition upon the first six gates of Sir George Ripley’s compound of alchymie.

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Hertodt and Philalethes shared a common language of images, allowing them to communicate their processes. Leiden, Netherlands and New York: As we said before, Philalethes encodes not only processes, but theories. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Starkey’s move to London was followed by remarkable success in establishing a medical practice and producing and administering medicinal remedies to patients, including Robert Boyle.


The devil is subjugated to Nature, but Nature herself is the subject eirejaeus the most humble creature — the worm. The work has indeed been made short here, for Philalethes has left out all mention of either the requisite antimony or silver: In case anyone did miss the point, however, Philalethes tells us at another point in the Ripley commentary that we should:.

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Introduced to alchemical theory, he would later stylise himself as the “Philosopher by Fire. Although she is tiny at first, she soon grows bigger, consuming all the water as she expands.

Either way, the point would remain the same — that the recipe represents a stark example of syncope. The errors of a late tract called, A short discourse of Brock, unlike Beretta, makes a serious — and largely successful — attempt to deal with alchemical literature.

Learn more at Author Central. Karger,2nd ed. Brill, Thus Philalethes’ recipes refer not only to substances evident to the senses of all, but to hypothetical substances that only one trained in alchemical theory would recognize.

He is at once covered with her sweat and tears, so that both take on the color of silver. Turning back to Chapter II of the Introitus, our seven.

Let us therefore pass to the next scene of the play. This loss was apparently felt by Starkey’s readers, for the Opera omnia of Philalethes, published in in Modena, comes equipped with a cycle of twelve illuminations drawn from the corpus of the master Norton,eirenaus Only then may we understand the role of alchemy in seventeenth century culture at large.


Then we shall decode its practice, using only texts within the corpus of Philalethes.

These Decknamen, drawn ultimately from classical mythology, find their immediate sources in d’Espagnet and Flamel It is enlightening to read this passage beside such descriptions of the philosophical mercury as the following:. A variety of projects, from the manufacture of perfumes and pharmaceuticals to the production of sophic mercuries, were pulling him in different directions, straining professional relationships, and failed to generate sufficient income. Popularity Popularity Featured Price: Les Fondements de l’alchimie de Newton Paris: The 23 William R.


eirennaeus East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. In his Collegium chymicum secreturn, based on lectures or experiments given privately, de Maets gives a correct interpretation of Philalethes’ antimonial amalgam, com- 27 William R. Thus the birth of the alchemical figura in pictorial form coincided with the nascent appropriation of vitalism and prophecy by the alchemical theory of the late Middle Ages. Georgius Agricola, De re metallica, ed.

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