Witch, Warlock, and Magician

Witch, Warlock, and Magician

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"[...]little ball of wax. At the end of a quarter of an hour he found the lead transmuted (so he avers) into gold. Its colour at first was a deep green; but the mixture, when poured into a conical vessel, turned blood-red, and, after cooling, acquired the true tint of gold. A goldsmith who examined it pronounced it to be genuine. Helvetius requested Purelius, the keeper of the Dutch Mint, to test its value; and two drachms, after being exposed to aquafortis, were found to have increased a couple of scruples in weight-an increase doubtlessly owing to the silver, which still remained enveloped in the gold, despite the action of the aquafortis. It is obvious that this narrative is a complete mystification, and that either the stranger was a myth or Helvetius was the victim of a deception. The recipes that the alchemists formulate-those, that is, who profess to have discovered the stone, or to have known somebody who enjoyed so rare a[...]."show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 15mm | 386g
  • Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1507538685
  • 9781507538685

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