View Full Version : Book: "Alchemy Unveiled"

01-26-2014, 11:43 AM
This book appears to be relatively 'new' (first published in German in 1963, linked below as it was translated into English in 1996).

I haven't read it entirely (yet), but from what I've read so far, it looks quite promising.

I seems to mirror the classic works, using more current/contemporary and culturally accessible language, while keeping the Hermetic Principles intact and even discussing them in more plain and coherent language than many of the older, much more 'picturesque' classical Works. I will sure read it entirely, as it seems to (also) treat in no unclear terms of Our Subject, Our Earth & Whole Foundation of Our Art.

I hope it continues the way it starts...

'Alchemy Unveiled' by Johannes Helmond - read/download HERE (http://www.themasonictrowel.com/ebooks/alchemy/Helmond_-_Alchemy_Unveiled.pdf).

01-28-2014, 01:25 AM
I've finished reading it.

It starts well.

It doesn't do as well later on.

There are a few pearls here and there, some directly related to Alchemy, some of a more general philosophical nature.

There is quite a bit of mud-throwing as well...

It may be helpful to add some insights, but there are better books dealing with the entire work.

My own review is a mixed one. Up to each reader to decide the usefulness.

Adam McLean apparently didn't like it very much:

However, I find that I have an English version of another
work by Johannes Helmond, 'Die entschleierte Alchemy'
Rohm Verlag, Bietegheim, 1963. This was translated by
Hanswill and Brumlich and issued by Merkur publishing
of Canada in 1991, under the title 'Alchemy unveiled'.

It claims to be:

"By decree of the Order of the Hermetic initiated
Gold- and Rosicrucians of 1710.
Monte Abiegno, MCMLVII, Sol 18 gemini." [1957].

This sort of dating method reminds me of one of the conceits
of Crowley, perpetuated by the later OTO people.

It seems to be to be one of those typical mid to late 20th
century speculative mish-mashes, which serve only to
confuse and confound, and certainly does not throw much light
on the alchemy we find in the original texts. To me
the author has that terrible confidence and certainty about
his insights into alchemy, that makes my eye's glaze over !
I wish I could feel so certain about interpreting the complexities
of alchemical literature. Unfortunately these are the kind of works
that get published, because they seem to provide some easy

01-28-2014, 02:51 AM
I purchased this book about 20 years ago for $80-plus,and after the first read i had the same opinion as Adam McLean. The book then sat on the shelf for several years.

Eventually i was drawn back to it, and have now read it many,many times over.

Now i consider the book to be excelent value.

$80-plus can be a small price to pay for even a little "PEARL"..........

Now we can all read "Alchemy Unveiled" for free.

Thank you Andodgynus.

01-28-2014, 11:46 AM
Thanks for posting this and linking the book. I really liked it up to about page 26 where I felt the quality was starting to slip, not that it was entirely perfect before that. A few different parts caught my eye as interesting after that as well. Just like you said it starts out good then kind of goes downhill. He says a lot of things that I'm not really sure I agree with, mostly on the spiritual stuff. Especially some of the quotes just didn't connect with me at all. With all that in mind I would say it's a decent work, far from useless. I'll probably read it again at some point, I'm just a bit worn out on reading texts at the moment but I always love being introduced to new ones.