Alchemy : The Secret Art

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This new and completely redesigned edition creates a colourful and vibrant guide to the secret art. Klossowski de Rola elucidates the mysterious language and polyvalent symbolism from a variety of perspectives - practical, spiritual, elemental and historical - and explains how the true alchemist differs from the modern chemist and the false practitioner. Gold is only a by-product and emblem of the Great Work of the alchemist. The latter part of the book comprises the full text of a seventeenth-century exposition upon an alchemist's dream-poem, and five richly illustrated `Themes' sections, reproducing full sequences of alchemical thought, art and paraphernalia.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 150 x 210 x 15.24mm | 310g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 158 Illustrations, black and white; 35 Illustrations, color
  • 0500810559
  • 9780500810552
  • 72,409

Table of contents

Introduction; The Great Work; True and False Alchemy; Innerstanding; The Four and the Three; Present and Future; An Exposition upon Sir George Ripley's Vision, written by AEyrenaeus Philalethes, Anglus, Cosmopolita (1677); Themes: The Royal or Sacerdotal Art, Eternal Transmigration, The Progress of the Work, Cosmic Diagrams, The Language of Symbols
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About Stanislas Klossowski De Rola

Stanislas Klossowski de Rola is a lifelong student of alchemy and author of The Golden Game, also published by Thames & Hudson.
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