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01-07-2014, 10:58 AM
"The Secrets of Alchemy", by Laurence M. Principe
The book can be found on google books with few pages missing (it is a preview)

Of course, if you can find a fuller version, post it here.

01-07-2014, 11:37 AM
In pages 147 to 149 of this book, a process of making a special kind of Aqua Regia is described by distilling together sal ammoniak and saltpetre. From a chemical viewpoint, this makes no sense to me, but I believe that a corrosive water that can dissolve gold really can be made out of this. This aqua regia probably dissolves gold differently than common AR. We had a discussion about it in the "Ammonium chloride and calx of gold" (http://forum.alchemyforums.com/showthread.php?3829-Ammonium-chloride-can-make-calx-of-gold&p=32726#post32726).