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theFool
03-15-2009, 07:54 PM
I've stumbled upon a very interesting book for practical alchemy while searching the net:

http://wolf.mind.net/library/western/alchemy/quin_trans/quin_translation.txt

It contains down to earth recipes, without secrecy, on the quintessence of wine, calx and oil of gold and on antimony. According to the writer, one can extract the quintessence from the calx of gold using only vinegar, alcohol or putrefied urine and from stibnite using only vinegar also. Instead of calx one can quench hot gold metal into alcohol.
Nice gathering of rare, useful recipes.

Jerry
03-15-2009, 11:50 PM
I suspect this text suffers from several degrees of corruption due to it either being a poor translation from the Latin or a poor abridgement. This can be noted in the first paragraph where it states, “which was revealed by an angel of god sent to Hermes…”, which doesn’t make any sense. Although I haven’t seen the original book, I think the phrase should read, ‘which was revealed by Hermes, an angel which was sent by God’, because Hermes is the Philosopher’s Mercury.

theFool
03-16-2009, 09:06 AM
I suspect this text suffers from several degrees of corruption due to it either being a poor translation from the Latin or a poor abridgement.
Actually, yes, you can find also some phrases that aren't translated from latin. The translation seems to come from a university student. You can see also his footnotes, trying to explain scientifically the book recipes.

True Initiate
09-01-2009, 04:55 PM
I have found the original version of this text.

http://books.google.at/books?id=MTjPAAAAMAAJ&dq=%22Sloane+MS.+73%22&printsec=frontcover&source=bl&ots=cNEpprw-9R&sig=eNYi3AJn8AS_lIDM1bHj5vVnOos&hl=de&ei=c1ydSrCpMo7K_gaF7dnfAg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1#v=onepage&q=&f=false

Thanks theFool.