CONTENTS



PART I


HISTORICAL

CHAPTER


I.
BEGINNINGS OF ALCHEMY
19
II.
EARLY EUROPEAN ALCHEMISTS
25
III.
THE STORY OF NICHOLAS FLAMEL
30
IV.
BASIL VALENTINE
40
V.
PARACELSUS
46
VI.
ALCHEMY IN THE SIXTEENTH AND SEVENTEENTH CENTURIES
51
VII.
ENGLISH ALCHEMISTS
60
VIII.
THE COMTE DE ST. GERMAIN
71

PART II


THEORETICAL

I.
THE SEED OF METALS
79
II.
THE SPIRIT OF MERCURY
87
III.
THE QUINTESSENCE
94
IV.
THE QUINTESSENCE IN DAILY LIFE
103

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PART III

I.
THE MEDICINE FROM METALS
111
II.
PRACTICAL
119

CONCLUSION
129

'AUREUS' OR THE GOLDEN TRACTATE
131

THE BOOK OF THE REVELATION OF HERMES
149