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Ashmole, Elias
Chemicum Britannicum by Elias Ashmole Ouroboros Press Deluxe Leather Edition
Chemicum Britannicum by Elias Ashmole Ouroboros Press Deluxe Leather Edition 2011 The Theatrum Chemicum Britannicum is a major collection of English alchemical texts which encapsulate the arcana of the Magnum Opus in poetic form. Originally gathered by Elias Ashmole from several rare medieval manuscripts, the text represents the largest collection of verse concerning the production of the Philosopher's Stone to be brought together in one volume. Ashmole's pride in English literature was amplified through the consideration he gave to the project. In deciding which texts should be included in the book, he details ancient British examples among the Druids & the Bardic Tradition and explains that poesy is much better than mere verse. Containing Severall Poeticall Pieces of Our Famous English Philosophers, Who Have Written the Hermetique Mysteries in Their Owne Ancient Language (London: J. Grismond, 1652) Compiled and edited by antiquary extraordinaire Elias Ashmole (1617-1692) -- is perhaps the seminal volume of English alchemical literature. Most significantly, it brings together a number of hermetic works previously only available in privately held manuscripts, including, as the subtitle has it, "severall poeticall pieces of our famous English philosophers, who have written the hermetique mysteries in their owne ancient language". Among these famous English philosophers were John Gower, George Ripley, Thomas Norton, and Geoffrey Chaucer -- whose alchemically themed "Tale of the Canans Yeoman" is excerpted from The Canterbury Tales. [Attributes: First Edition]
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