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    Quote Originally Posted by Murgen View Post
    Thank you JDP.

    What a pity for a french native speaker : the best book of/about a french alchemist who used to write in french is only written in english :-)

    Beya Editions : I confirm that the team is composed of amazing men of learning. I rarely met so much erudition going hand in hand with kindness (And I do not say that because it is a Belgian publishing house).
    Well, technically it is available in French, sort of, in a "scattered" way. After all, the English-language editor used several of the French works by Pernety to compose it.

    Regarding Beya Editions: yes, great guys, they have already put out a good number of translations of old texts (including several alchemical ones) out there available for the French-reading public. It is a true shame that there just is no English-language equivalent to Beya Editions. Those guys from Ambix made big promises about making many old alchemical texts available in English with their "Sources of Alchemy and Chemistry" project, but so far they have only published one volume in all these years. Their output moves at turtle-pace compared to that of Beya Editions or the German publishers of alchemical texts (though the German publishers have the BIG advantage that the large majority of those old texts are already available in German thanks to the massive 16th-18th century output of printed alchemical and "chymical" texts in the German-speaking lands, so modern German publishers do not have to bother much about having texts translated from scratch. They already have the majority of the literature on those subjects available in German, it only needs to be reprinted in more modern formats.)

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    To finish with that Pernety sub-subject.

    I should have dug deeper before talking : the "english synthesis" called "a treatise on the great art" corresponds grosso modo to the first 200 pages of Pernety's "Fables Egyptiennes et Grecques", where Pernety proposes a systematisation/structuration of his hermetical knowledge.

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    Think of me as tabula rasa and please recommend me some books for a real beginner because i want to start over from scratch! Thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiberius View Post
    Think of me as tabula rasa and please recommend me some books for a real beginner because i want to start over from scratch! Thank you
    Dwellings has been posting some great excerpts here: Easy To Read & Comprehend Alchemical Tracts


    Personally, I appreciate Albert Magnus and Sendivogius for their wording. Though they both veiled their speech, as most legitimate Alchemists did, the way they present their knowledge resonates well within me.

    Louis Grassot is someone I keep going back to over and over again. His lucidity and fluff-free delivery is totally up my alley.

    Rhumelius and Cyliani both clear up tons of minor details regarding the more advanced stages of our Work.

    Eirenaeus Philalethes provides wonderful insights and is supremely easy reading compared to most authors.

    Glauber wrote so much! He stimulates the mind with many interesting ideas and concepts if you're willing to take the time to read through all he has to say. Boerhaave too!

    Roger Bacon, George Ripley, and Basil Valentine of course. These Masters are never to be forgotten and their works should be read over and over again.

    Flamel provides neat symbolism interpretation that can help you understand Alchemy more sufficiently, and as hesitant as I am to recommend modern authors Fulcanelli is worth poking through when you have time.

    Don't forget to read the "Turba Philosophorum" and "Rosarium Philosophorum" while you're at it!

    Arnold de Villa Nova, Morenius, Artephius, Zosimos, etc.

    ...Too many to list!


    http://www.rexresearch.com/alchindx.htm

    http://alchemywebsite.com/texts.html

    https://philosophiauniversalis.com/g...alchemy-texts/

    http://www.goodgame.org.nz/alchemicalTexts.html

    Buy R.A.M.S. when you get the chance: http://ramsdigital.com/buy.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schmuldvich View Post
    Dwellings has been posting some great excerpts here: Easy To Read & Comprehend Alchemical Tracts


    Personally, I appreciate Albert Magnus and Sendivogius for their wording. Though they both veiled their speech, as most legitimate Alchemists did, the way they present their knowledge resonates well within me.

    Louis Grassot is someone I keep going back to over and over again. His lucidity and fluff-free delivery is totally up my alley.

    Rhumelius and Cyliani both clear up tons of minor details regarding the more advanced stages of our Work.

    Eirenaeus Philalethes provides wonderful insights and is supremely easy reading compared to most authors.

    Glauber wrote so much! He stimulates the mind with many interesting ideas and concepts if you're willing to take the time to read through all he has to say. Boerhaave too!

    Roger Bacon, George Ripley, and Basil Valentine of course. These Masters are never to be forgotten and their works should be read over and over again.

    Flamel provides neat symbolism interpretation that can help you understand Alchemy more sufficiently, and as hesitant as I am to recommend modern authors Fulcanelli is worth poking through when you have time.

    Don't forget to read the "Turba Philosophorum" and "Rosarium Philosophorum" while you're at it!

    Arnold de Villa Nova, Morenius, Artephius, Zosimos, etc.

    ...Too many to list!


    http://www.rexresearch.com/alchindx.htm

    http://alchemywebsite.com/texts.html

    https://philosophiauniversalis.com/g...alchemy-texts/

    http://www.goodgame.org.nz/alchemicalTexts.html

    Buy R.A.M.S. when you get the chance: http://ramsdigital.com/buy.html
    Wow, that is a big list. Thank you for all this comprehensive information, i will try to study them one by one. Even though english is not my native language, if i will have some misunderstandings i will ask for help on this forum, because many of the alchemical concepts are not translated in my language.

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