The Twelve Keys

Of Alchemy

Author: Basil Valentine

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781534783812

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Page: 56

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Basil Valentine's Twelve Keys of alchemy is among the most notorious alchemical works ever crafted. Originally written at the very end of the 16th century, it was almost immediately rendered into English and widely regarded. Containing a series of parables and metaphors regarding the process of creating the Philosopher's Stone, the Twelve Keys claim that alchemy is both real and potent, able to perfect matter and create a medicinal elixir beyond comprehension. Valentine swears that the process is not as others have described, with often vague references to "special" salt and sulfur, but is far easier and much less expensive than claimed in prior works.
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The Twelve Keys of Basil Valentine

Author: Basil Valentine

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781542784542

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Page: 56

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This is an ancient and sacred alchemical text written by Basil Valentine that describes the 12 Keys to the creation of the philosopher's stone.
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Twelve Keys of Basilius Valentinus

Author: Basilius Valentinus

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781508590927

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Page: 206

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Twelve Keys of Basil Valentine is one of the most important alchemical works available to modern students of Alchemy and early Chemistry. First published in Ein kurtz summarischer Tractat, von dem grossen Stein der Uralten... (Eisleben, 1599) without illustrations, it achieved wider distribution as part of the Tripus Aureus (Golden Tripod) compendium edited by Michael Maier and published at Frankfurt in 1618 by Lucas Jennis. Maier's illustrated edition of the work is by far the most influential. The emblematic engravings drew upon the allegorical descriptive imagery of the text and added coherence to the symbolism.
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Triumphal Chariot of Antimony

Author: Basil Valentine

Publisher: Jazzybee Verlag

ISBN: 3849642240

Category: Philosophy

Page: 163

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Should any uninstructed person who might chance upon Basil Valentine's ''Triumphal Chariot of Antimony " undertake to read that work, he would probably be mystified by much of its contents, by its references to the Spagyric art, to the grand Magisterium, the true and universal Medicine, the Tinctures which transmute metals, with other unknown quantities and other deep mysteries which make part of the Sacramentum Regis. But if he were asked what he thought of Basil Valentine in his historical and personal character, it is unlikely that he would suppose for a moment the existence of any romantic mystery encompassing the mere life of the man. He would regard him as a pious Benedictine monk, uncommonly well versed for his period in certain departments of experimental and medical chemistry, and, perhaps, as a bizarre speculator in the cloudy borderlands of physical science ; but such biographical data as can be gathered concerning him from his writings, he would naturally accept without question, because there would be no ground for assuming any reason to doubt them. Yet even as such a person would be mistaken in his estimate of Valentine the alchemist, as distinguished from Valentine the investigator of antimonial therapeutics, so it is just possible that he would be astray in his estimate of the man, being misled by a veil of simplicity which skilfully conceals the adept under the unpretending mask of a monastic canon.
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The Last Will and Testament

Author: Basilius Valentinus

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ISBN: 9781543151619

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Page: 340

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Basil Valentine's Last Will and Testament contains countless explanations and clarifications of his earlier writings. From the preface, -[This is] the most principal, excellent, and plain of all his works; and I may justly say, of all the Books that are extant on this subject.- Of particular interest are his explanations of The Twelve Keys of Basil Valentine, which has long perplexed researchers into the art of Alchemy. In this section, Basil says, -The things I do write of, I know experimentally to be true.- The text contains details of his actual experiments, both successes and failures, including the preparation of the Stone of the Philosophers. There is a step by step explanation of the process for the preparation of the Aurum Potable, in which Basil writes in Part 5, -My intention is to make a perfect relation of aurum potable, for the benefit of good and understanding men.- Another type of aurum potable is also presented, and a half-aurum potable, with two methods for its preparation, plus the preparation of potable silver. The Manuals, or manual operations, are extensively described after Book 5. One example is the preparation of the sweet Essence of Vitriol, and some of its uses are described: -This Essence of Sulphur, four grains of it being taken in Balm-water, dries up the bad humors of the blood, strengthens and incites Men and Women to Copulation, cleans the womb, hinders the Rising of the Mother, and breeds good Seed for the Procreation of Children.- The Last Will and Testament is an amazingly clear work on Alchemy, and I recommend it highly.
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The Secrets of Alchemy

Author: Lawrence Principe

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226682951

Category: History

Page: 281

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An accessible history of alchemy by a leading world authority explores its development and relationship with myriad disciplines and pursuits, tracing its heyday in early modern Europe while profiling some of history's most colorful alchemists and describing the author's recreation of famous alchemy recipes.
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Keys to the Kingdom of Alchemy

Unlocking the Secrets of Basil Valentine's Stone - Hardcover Color Edition (978-0990619857)

Author: J. Erik LaPort

Publisher: Quintessence Publishing (IL)

ISBN: 9780990619857

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 148

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Keys to the Kingdom of Alchemy is a decoding of Basil Valentine's 'The Stone of the Great Philosophers - The XII Keys'. Rich allegorical storytelling and masterful conceptual blending reveals the author of 'The XII Keys' to have been a highly educated polymath.
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Al-Kemi

Hermetic, Occult, Political, and Private Aspects of R.A. Schwaller de Lubicz

Author: Andre VandenBroeck

Publisher: SteinerBooks

ISBN: 9780940262317

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 286

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Al-Kemi recounts the story of the eighteen months that Andre VandenBroeck spent in daily contact with the remarkable French philosopher, hermeticist, and Egyptologist, R. A. Schwaller de Lubicz (1887-1961). It provides a passionately felt, personal, and dramatic introduction to the startling world of this contemporary alchemist. Structured like a mystery and distilled in the crucible of memory for fifteen years, Al-Kemi provides a passionately felt, personal, and dramatic introduction to the startling world of this twentieth-century alchemist.
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Twelve Keys of Basilius Valentinus

Alchemical Manuscripts

Author: Philip Wheeler

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781434813039

Category: Reference

Page: 66

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Twelve Keys of Basil Valentine is one of the most important alchemical works available to modern students. First published in 1599 without illustrations, it achieved wider distribution as part of the Tripus Aureus (Golden Tripod) compendium edited by Michael Maier and published at Frankfurt in 1618 by Lucas Jennis. Lucas Jennis provided twelve engraved plates, one for each of the keys. These plates drew upon the allegorical descriptive imagery of the text and added coherence to the symbolism.
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Mutus Liber

Author: Magaphon

Publisher: Inner Garden Foundation

ISBN: 9081609211

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Page: N.A

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The Alchemy of Light

Geometry and Optics in Late Renaissance Alchemical Illustration

Author: Urszula Szulakowska

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004116900

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 246

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This re-examination of alchemical engravings of the late Renaissance uses an innovative semiotic method in analysing their geometrical and optical rhetorical devices. The images are contextualised within contemporary metaphysics, specifically, the discourse of light, and in Protestant reformism.
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The Aspiring Adept

Robert Boyle and His Alchemical Quest

Author: Lawrence Principe

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691050829

Category: Science

Page: 339

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The Aspiring Adept presents a provocative new view of Robert Boyle (1627-1691), one of the leading figures of the Scientific Revolution, by revealing for the first time his avid and lifelong pursuit of alchemy. Boyle has traditionally been considered, along with Newton, a founder of modern science because of his mechanical philosophy and his experimentation with the air-pump and other early scientific apparatus. However, Lawrence Principe shows that his alchemical quest--hidden first by Boyle's own codes and secrecy, and later suppressed or ignored--positions him more accurately in the intellectual and cultural crossroads of the seventeenth century. Principe radically reinterprets Boyle's most famous work, The Sceptical Chymist, to show that it criticizes not alchemists, as has been thought, but "unphilosophical" pharmacists and textbook writers. He then shows Boyle's unambiguous enthusiasm for alchemy in his "lost" Dialogue on the Transmutation and Melioration of Metals, now reconstructed from scattered fragments and presented here in full for the first time. Intriguingly, Boyle believed that the goal of his quest, the Philosopher's Stone, could not only transmute base metals into gold, but could also attract angels. Alchemy could thus act both as a source of knowledge and as a defense against the growing tide of atheism that tormented him. In seeking to integrate the seemingly contradictory facets of Boyle's work, Principe also illuminates how alchemy and other "unscientific" pursuits had a far greater impact on early modern science than has previously been thought.
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The Pictorial Symbols of Alchemy

Author: Arthur Edward Waite

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781770831810

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Page: 26

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The Hermetic Mystery, upon the higher interpretation of which I have spoken at considerable length in the previous paper and have created an analogy between its hidden meaning and that which I should term the centre of the Religions Mystery in Christendom, is the only branch of mystic and occult literature which lent itself to the decorative sense. I suppose that there are few people comparatively who at this day have any notion of the extent to which that sense was developed in the books of the adepts. It will be understood that in speaking now upon this subject I am leaving my proper path, but though the fact does not seem to have been registered, it is so utterly curious to note how a literature which is most dark and inscrutable of all has at the same time its lighter side, a side, indeed, of pleasant inventions, of apologue, of parable, of explicit enigma, above all of poetry.
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Triumphal Chariot of Antimony - Scholar's Choice Edition

Author: Basil Valentine

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781296061975

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Page: 150

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This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work as possible. Therefore, you will see the original copyright references, library stamps (as most of these works have been housed in our most important libraries around the world), and other notations in the work. This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity (individual or corporate) has a copyright on the body of the work.As a reproduction of a historical artifact, this work may contain missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. Scholars believe, and we concur, that this work is important enough to be preserved, reproduced, and made generally available to the public. We appreciate your support of the preservation process, and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant.
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From Alchemy to Chemistry in Picture and Story

Author: Arthur Greenberg

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0470085231

Category: Science

Page: 664

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Praise for From Alchemy to Chemistry in Picture and Story "The timeline from alchemy to chemistry contains some of the most mystifying ideas and images that humans have ever devised. Arthur Greenberg shows us this wonderful world in a unique and highly readable book." —Dr. John Emsley, author of The Elements of Murder: A History of Poison "Art Greenberg takes us, through text and lovingly selected images, on a 'magical mystery tour' of the chemical universe. No matter what page you open, there is a chemical story worth telling." —Dr. Roald Hoffmann, Nobel Laureate and coauthor of Chemistry Imagined "Chemistry has perhaps the most intricate, most fascinating, and certainly most romantic history of all the sciences. Arthur Greenberg's essays-delightful, learned, quirky, highly personal, and richly illustrated with contemporary drawings (many of great rarity and beauty)-provide a kaleidoscope of intellectual landscapes, bringing the experiments, the ideas, and the human figures of chemistry's past intensely alive." —Dr. Oliver Sacks, author of Awakenings From Alchemy to Chemistry in Picture and Story takes you on an illustrated tour of chemistry's fascinating history, from its early focus on the spiritual relationship between man and nature to some of today's most cutting-edge applications. Drawing from rare publications and artwork that span over five centuries, the book contains nearly 200 essays and over 350 illustrations-including 24 in full color-that tell the engaging story of the development of this fundamental science and its connection with human history. Join Arthur Greenberg as he combines the "best of the best" from his previous works (as well as several new essays) to paint a colorful picture of chemistry's remarkable origins!
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The last vvill and testament of Basil Valentine, monke of the order of St. Bennet

Author: B. Valentinus

Publisher: Рипол Классик

ISBN: 5873013721

Category: History

Page: N.A

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The last vvill and testament of Basil Valentine, monke of the order of St. Bennet: which, being alone, he hid under a table of marble, behind the high-altar of the cathedral church, in the imperial city of Erford: leaving it there to be found by him, whom Gods Providence fhould make wortky of it.
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The Dwellings of the Philosophers

Author: Fulcanelli (pseud.)

Publisher: Archive Press & Communications

ISBN: 9780963521156

Category: Art

Page: 550

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The true identity of this Alchemical Adept has never been publicly discovered but there are few who would not recognize his works as the most significant contribution to the Great Art in more than 100 years. The author displays an immense knowledge of the practices of Alchemy and the Alchemists of the Middle Ages and for the first time makes clear the differences between Chemistry, Spagyrics, Archemy, and Alchemy. For many, the most amazing revelation of the book will be the author's review and exhaustive interpretation of the extensive statuary, bas relief, and other artistic devices built into the homes of numerous Medieval Alchemists. These works of art have for centuries openly revealed the secrets of Alchemy to all who have the eyes to see. This long awaited translation from the original French will be of immense benefit to those who seek to understand Alchemy for what it truly is -- the art and science of Creation and Transformation of physical form through the agency of Man.
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