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Carpenter, Agricola.
Pseuchographia Anthropomagica: Or, A Magicall Description of the Soul: Wherein is set forth The Nature, Genesis and Exodus of it.
London, Printed for John Browne, at the Sign of the guilded Acorn in Pauls Church-yard.
xvi + 25 pages. 143x84mm.
p i [Frontispiece engraving.]
p iii [Titlepage.]
p v-ix The Authors Epistle to his Honoured Friend TEM. Hermophrod.
p x-xi To Mr A.C... Your Friend and servant Hoglandus de Boys. Paris, May 3. 1652.
p xii To Mr A.C. [Four line English verse signed "H.B."]
p xiii In Pseuchographiam Anthropomagicam [Twelve lines of Latin verse signed "T.M."]
p xiv-xv To His much admired Friend, A.C. Upon the Publishing of that Ingenious Peece, Pseuchographia Anthropomagica... [English verse signed "G. Scot."]
p xvi To the no less Honoured then Ingennuous Authour, A.C. [English verse signed "J.M."]
p1-25 Pseuchographia Anthropomagica.

Case, John.
The wards of the key to Helmont proved unfit for the lock: or, the principles of Mr. William Bacon examined and refuted, and the honour and value of true chymistry asserted...
London: printed for the author; and are to be sold by John Smith bookseller in Russel-street in Covent-Garden. 1682.

Chrysopoiea: Being a Dissertation on the Hermetical science. Wherein is proved by undeniable Arguments, The Possibility of making Gold by Art, in favour of the Alchymists. The Probability of it, learnedly discussed and refuted: and such Cautions given to those who are inclined to this Study, as will, if diligently attended to, prevent their falling into fatal Errors. Dedicated To the Venerable Brethren of the Laudable Order of R.C.
London: Printed for J. Roberts in Warwick-Lane. MDCCXLV [1745]
viii+ 43 +iv pages. 193x123mm.

p i-viii [Address to the Reader.]
p1-43 Chrysopoiae: or, a Dissertation on the Hermetical Science.
[In the Address the translator indicates that this treatise on goldmaking was originally written in Spanish by a Benedictine monk. The translator states that he does not entirely accept the author's criticism of alchemy and alchemists, but wants the reader to know that he himself is more sympathetic to the goals of alchemy. The author begins his investigation into the possibility of goldmaking with a discourse on the nature of metals, and how they arise in the earth. He comes to the conclusion that there could be some determinate agent that works upon minerals or mixed matter to reduce it the state of a metal. He struggles with the idea that all mixed substances are made of the three principles of Salt, Sulphur and Mercury, and finds support for his reservations in Robert Boyle's Sceptical Chymist. He also refers to the experiment in which Iron is converted into Copper by means of blue vitriol, but is not convinced that this applies to transmutation into gold. He then discusses a number of classic accounts of transmutation and finds the evidence lacking, even describing some of the stratagems and tricks used by the false alchemists. He comes to the conclusion that the writings of the alchemists can only be useful for entertainment and diversion, not for any true instruction.]
p i -iv Dedication To The Venerable Fraternity Of the most Laudable Order of the R.C. [At the end] A true Admirer of your laudable Professions, Damcar, Philo Philalethes.
[The translator of the Chrysopoiea states that although the treatise he presents here was written by a professed enemy to the Society of the R.C. to ridicule and undermine an essential part of their science, he himself remains sympathetic to their ideals. By publishing this treatise he has proved himself not to be a flatterer, and he admits to his own frailties and that he wishes to become more perfect, and to know more of their mysteries.]

Clarke, William.
The Natural History of Nitre: Or, A Philosophical Discourse of the Nature, Generation, Place, and Artificial Extraction of Nitre, with its Vertues and Uses. By William Clarke.
London; Printed by E. Okes for Nathaniel Brook at the Angel in Cornhill neer the Royal Exchange, 1670.
xiv+ 93 pages. 145x90mm.

p i-iii To the Right Honourable Sir Thomas Chicheley Knight, Master General of his Majesties Ordnance.
p iv-xiii To the Reader.
p1-93 [Text in four chapters.]
Of the Name and Nature of Nitre. — Of the Generation and Place of Nitre. — Of the Artificial manner of Extracting and Refining of Nitre. — Of the Vertues and Uses of Nitre. Cohausen, Johann Heinrich [1665-1750].
Hermippus Redivivus: or, the Sages' Triumph over Old Age and the Grave. Wherein, a Method Is Laid down for Prolonging the Life and Vigour of Man. Including, A Commentary upon an Antient Inscription, in which this great Secret is revealed; supported by numerous authorities. The Whole Interspersed With a great Variety of remarkable, and well attested Relations.
London: Printed for J. Nourse, at the Lamb, without Temple-Bar. M.DCC.XLVIII [1648].

Other editions:
Hermippus Redivivus: or, the Sages' Triumph over Old Age and the Grave. Wherein, a Method is Laid down for Prolonging the Life and Vigour of Man. Including, A Commentary upon an Antient Inscription, in which this great Secret is revealed; supported by numerous authorities. The Whole Interspersed With a great Variety of remarkable, and well attested Relations. The second edition carefully corrected and much enlarged.
London: Printed for J. Nourse, at the Lamb, against Catherine-Street in the Strand. M,DCC,XLIX [1749].

Collectanea Chymica: A Collection of Ten Several Treatises in Chymistry, concerning The Liquor Alkahest, the Mercury of Philosophers, and other Curiosities worthy the Perusal. Written by Eir. Philaletha, Anonymus, Joh. Bapt. Van-Helmont, Dr. Fr. Antonie, Bernhard Earl of Trevisan, Sir Geo. Ripley, Rog. Bacon, Geo. Starkey, Sir Hugh Platt, and the Tombe of Semiramis, see more in the Contents.
London, printed for William Cooper, at the Pelican in Little Britain, 1684.
iv + 193 + v + 32 + 16 pages. 149x85mm.

p i-ii Ad Lectorem [Note to the reader in English.]
p iii-iv [Table of contents.]
p2-23 The Secret of the Immortal Liquor called Alkahest, or Ignis-Aqua. By Eirenæus Philalethes. Communicated to his Friend, A Son of Art, and now a Philosopher. By Question and Answer. London, Printed for William Cooper, at the Pelican in Little Britain, 1683.
[Parallel English and Latin versions of the text, English on even pages.]
p25-44 The Practice of Lights: or an Excellent and Ancient Treatise of the Philosophers Stone. London, Printed for William Cooper, at the Pelican in Little Britain, 1683.
p45-69 Præcipiolum: or the Immature-Mineral-Electrum. The First Metall: Which is the Minera of Mercury. By Joh. Bapt. Van-Helmont. London, Printed for William Cooper, at the Pelican in Little Britain, 1683.
p71-80 Aurum-Potabile: or the Receipt of Dr. Fr. Antonie. Shewing His Way and Method. how he made and prepared that most Excellent Medicine for the Body of Man. London, Printed for William Cooper, at the Pelican in Little Britain, 1683.
p81-94 A Treatise of Bernard Earl of Trevisan, of the Philosophers Stone. London, Printed for William Cooper, at the Pelican in Little Britain, 1683.
p95-98 A Catalogue of certain Chimical-Books Sold by William Cooper at the Pelican in Little-Britain London.
p99-121 The Bosome-Book of Sir George Ripley, Canon of Bridlington. Containing His Philosophical Accurtations in the makeing the Philosophers Mercury and Elixirs. London, Printed for William Cooper, at the Pelican in Little Britain, 1683.
p123-133 Speculum Alchymiæ; The True Glass of Alchemy. Written By Roger Bacon. London, Printed for William Cooper, at the Pelican in Little Britain, 1683.
p134-136 [List of books sold by William Cooper.]
p137-151 The Admirable Efficacy, And almost incredible Virtue of true Oyl, which is made of Sulphur-Vive, Set on fire, and called commonly Oyl of Sulphur per Campanum, To distinguish it from that Rascally Sophisticate Oyl of Sulphur, which instead of this true Oyl, is unfaithfully prepared, and sold by Druggists and Apothecaries, to the dishonour of Art, and unspeakable damage of their deluded Patients. Faithfully collected out of the Writings of the most acute Philosopher, and unparalell'd Doctor of this last Age, John Baptist Van-Helmont, of a noble Extraction in Belgia, and confirmed by the Experience of George Starkey, who is a Philosopher by the Fire. London, Printed for William Cooper, at the Pelican in Little Britain, 1683.
p152 [List of books sold by William Cooper.]
p153-193 Sundry New, and Artificial Remedies Against Famine. Written by Sir. Hugh Platt, Upon the Occasion of the great Dearth in the Year 1596... London, Printed for William Cooper, at the Pelican in Little Britain, 1683.
p i-ii A Petition to the courteous Reader.
p iii-iv [List of books sold by William Cooper.]
p 1-32 The Tomb of Semiramis Hermetically Sealed, Which if a Wise-man open (not the Ambitious Covetous Cyrus) he shall find the Treasures of Kings, inexhaustible Riches to his content. H.V.D. London, Printed for William Cooper, at the Pelican in Little Britain, 1684.
p1-16 George Starkey's Pill Vindicated From the unlearned Alchymist and all other pretenders. With A brief account of other excellent Specifick Remedies of extraordinary Virtue, for the honour and vindication of Pyrotechny.

Colson, Lancelot [fl. 1660-1676].
Philosophia Maturata: An Exact Piece of Philosophy, Containing The Practick and Operative part thereof in gaining the Philosophers Stone; With the wayes how to make the Mineral Stone, and the Calcination of Metalls. Whereunto is added, A Work Compiled by St. Dunstan, concerning the Philosophers Stone, and the experiments of Rumelius and Preparations of Angelo Sala, all most famous Chymists in their time. Published by Lancelot Colson, Dr. in Phys. and Chym.
London, printed for G. Sawbridge, and are to be sold at his house upon Clerken-well-Green, 1688.
viii + 142 pages. 122x57mm.

Other editions:
Philosophia Maturata, oder ein ausführlicher Philosophischer Tractat, welcher in sich begreiffet die rechte Praxin, und den wirckenden Theil der Philosophie, zu Erlangung des Steins der Weisen... Hamburg, Verlegts Gottfried Liebernickel, Buchh. im Dohm, 1696.

p i-vi A Preface relative to the life of St. Dunstan, the Author.
p vii-viii To the Understanding Reader [Signed at end "L.C."]
p1-81 [Text in six sections.]
Touching the Stone of Phylosophers. — Of the Practick, and Operative Part. — Of the abbreviation of the Work. Wherein almost all Elixers are contained, and the wayes to make them. — Of the Mineral Stone. — The Calcination of Mettals. — The Recapitulation.
p82-92 Dunstan of the Stone of the Philosophers; With the Experiments of Rumelius of New-Market. [A series of thirteen medicinal recipes.]
p93- Some Principall Preparations of Angelo Sala. [Series of 38 mostly medicinal recipes.]

Combachius, Ludovicus. See Nuysement, Jacques.

Conway, Anne.
The principles of the most ancient and modern philosophy...

Cooper, William.
A Catalogue of Chymicall Books. In Three Parts. In the First and Second Parts are contained such Chymical books as have been written Originally, or Translated into English: With a large Account of their Titles, several Editions and Volumes. Likewise In the Third Part is contained a Collection of such things published in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society (for Ten Years together) as pertain to Chymistry, or the Study of Nature by Art in the Animal, Vegetal, and Mineral kingdoms. Collected by Will. Cooper, Bookseller, at the Pelican in Little-Britain, London.
London, printed in the year, 1675.
lxxv pages. 175x120mm.

p i-v Bibliopola Lectori.
p vi An Advertisement.
p vii-xxix A Catalogue of Chymical Books which have been written Originally, or Translated into English.
p xxx The Bookseller to the Reader.
p xxxi-lxiv The Second Part of the Catalogue of Chymical Books, which have been Originally, or Translated into English.
p lxv-lxxv The Third Part of the Chymical Catalogue; Containing An Index of such things (published in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society for ten Years together) as pertain to Chymistry, or the Study of Nature by Art in the Animal, Vegetal or Mineral Kingdoms.

Cooper, William [fl. 1675-1689].
The Philosophical Epitaph of W.C. Esquire For a Memento Mori on his Tomb-stone. With Three Hieroglyphical Scutcheons, and their Philosophical Motto's, and Explanation; with the Philosophical Mercury, Nature of Seed, and Life, and Growth of Metalls; And a Discovery of the Immortal Liquor Alchahest. The Salt of Tartar volatized, and other Elixirs, with their Differences. Also, A Brief of the Golden Calf (the World's Idol). Discovering the rarest Miracle in Nature, how by the smallest proportion of the Philosophers-Stone a great piece of common Lead was totally transmuted into the purest transplendent gold at the Hague 1666. By Jo. Fr. Helvetius. And, The Golden Ass well managed, and Midas restor'd to Reason; Or, A new Chymical Light, Demonstrating to the blind world that good Gold may be found as well in Cold as Hot Regions, and be profitably extracted out of Sand, Stones, Gravel, and Flints, &c. to be wrought by all sorts of People. Written by Jo. Rod. Glauber. With Jehior. [Aurora Sapientia,] Or, the Day-dawning or Light of Wisdom, containing the Three Principles or Original of all things; whereby are discovered the Great and many Mysteries in God, Nature, and the Elements, hitherto hid, now revealed. All published by W.C. Esquire. With a Catalogue of Chymical Books.
London, printed by T.R. and N.T. for William Cooper, at the Pellican in Little Britain, Anno Dom. 1673.
xxii + 22 + x + 42 + xi + 21 + xviii + 83 + 85 pages. 161x102mm.

p ii [Symbolic engraving based on plate in the Musaeum Hermeticum.]
p iii [Engraved title page with title surrounded by 10 circular emblems taken from J.D. Mylius Opus Medico Chemicum, 1618, better known for being included in Daniel Stolcius Hortulus Hermeticus, 1627. The text is "A Philosophicall Epitaph in Hierogliphicall Figures With Explanation. A Briefe of ye golden Calfe (the Worlds Idoll). Glaubers golden Ass well managed. Jehior the three Principles or Originall of all things. Published by W.C. Esq. with a Catalogue of Chymicall Bookes. London. Printed for William Cooper att the Pellican in Litle Britain. 1673.]
p v [Title page of volume.]
p vii-x To the Honourable Robert Boyl, Esq. Eminently Noble & Accomplisht. [Signed W. C. and dated 1st April 1671.]
p xi-xv To His Worthy, and much Honoured Friend, Elias Ashmole Esq; One of the Kings Majesties Heraulds at Arms, and Comptroller of the Excises through all England.
p xvi-xvii The Authors Epistle to the Courteous and Well minded Reader.[Dated January 10th 1670.]
p xix [Title page] The Philosophical Epitaph Of W. C. Esquire, For a Memento Mori on the Philosophers (Tomb) Stone. With three Hierogliphical Scutcheons displaying Minervas, and Hermes Birds, and Apollos Birds of Paradice in Philosophical Mottoes and Sentences, with their Explication. With a perfect Discovery of the Immortal Liquor Alchahest, or Macchabean Fire, and of the Volatilized Salt of Tartar, or Samech, and of other Elixirs, with their differences and properties. London, Printed by T.R. and N.T. for Will. Cooper, at the Pellican in Little Britain.
p xx Epitaphum factum per W.C. [Latin version of Cooper's Epitaph.]
p xxi An Epithaph made by W.C. [This has three circular emblems, together with some verses.]
p xxii [Repeat of symbolic engraving on p ii, based on plate in the Musaeum Hermeticum.]
p1-22 [Text of the 'Epitaph', in five chapters.]
A plain and full explanation of the aforesaid Epitaph, Scutcheons and Motto's of W.C. As well for the Philosophers Stone as his own Tomb-stone. — [5 circles with text inside, inserted following page 10.] — Of the Causes and Manner of Multiplication of Life and Seed; And one way of preparing Mercury for the Philosophers Stone, and others for making of Universal Medicines, &c. — Of the Subject amd Marks of the immortal Liquor Alchahest. — Of the Salt of Tartar volatized, or Samec, and other Elixirs. — An Apologetical Peroration of Mans Mortality, Resurrection, and State for Eternity.
p i [Title] A Briefe of the Golden Calf or the Worlds Idol. Discovering The Rarest Miracle of Nature. How in less then a quarter of an hour by the smallest proportion of the Philosophers Stone, a great piece of Common Lead was totally transmuted into the purest transplendent Gold. With other most Rare Experiments and Transmutations. Written in Latin by Dr. Frederick Helvetius, And Printed at the Hague, 1666. And now Englished and abbreviated for the ease of the Readers. By W.C. Esquire...
p iii-viii The Epistle of W.C. to the Reader.
p ix-x The Epistle Dedicatory of Doctor John Frederick Helvetius. To the most Excellent and Learned, Doctors, Dr. Theodosius Retius, at Amsterdam, Doctor John Caspar Fausius, at Heidelbergh, and Doctor Christianus Mentzelius, at Brandenburgh, My Honoured Friends and Patrons.
p1-41 [Text in 4 chapters.]
The Testimony of divers illustrious Authors of this Arcanum. — The sooner a thing promised is performed, the more grateful. Wherefore I return to my predestinated History. — I betake me now to the Dialogue between Elias the Artist, and the Phisician, to express what is past, and all other passages.
[5 circles with text inside, inserted before page 35. This is the same as the plate inserted at page 10 in the previous treatise.]
p i [Title] The Golden Ass Well managed, And Mydas Restored to Reason. Or a new Chymical Light appearing as a day Star of Comfort to all under Oppression or Calamities, as well Illiterate, as Learned, Male as Female; to ease their Burdens and provide for their Families. Wherein The Golden Fleece is Demonstrated to the blind world, and that good Gold may be found as well in Cold as Hot Regions (though better in hot) within and without through the universal Globe of the Earth, and be profitably extracted: So that is all places where any Sand, Stones, Gravel, or Flints are, you cannot so much as place your footing, but you may find both Gold, and the true matter of the Philosophers Stone. And is a Work of Women and play of Children. Printed at Amsterdam, 1669. By John Rodolph Glauber, The bright Sun of our Age, and Lover of Mankind, like a true Elias riding on this Golden Ass, in a Fiery Chariot. And Translated out of Latin into English, in briefer Notes, 1670 by W.C. Esq. True Lover of Art and Nature, and well wisher to all men, especially to the poor distressed Household of Faith; The true Catholick Church, and body of Christ, Dispersed through many Forms of Religions, through the whole World, as the perfect Israelites.
p iii-vi The Epistle of W.C. to the Christian and Courteous Reader.
p vii-viii Postscript.
p ix-xi John Rodolf Glauber's Epistle to the Reader.
21 pages numbered 36-56 [Text.]
The first kind of Proof.
The Second kind of Proof.
The third kind or manner of Proof.
The true manner of proving all Flints, Rocky Stones, Pibbles, and Sands, &c. Legitimately and Infallibly; whether they contain much Gold or little; With a plain Reason for all.
How Sand. Flints, and the like impregnated Stones may be known, whether they contain little or much Gold.
An Amonition [sic] to the Courteous Reader.
p i [Title] Jehior ra jhj or The Day dawning; or Morning light of Wisdom: Containing The three Principles, or Originals of all things whatsoever. Whereby are discovered the great and many Mysteries in God, Nature, and the Elements, hitherto hid, now made manifest and revealed. To the Honour of God, the love of our Neighbour, and to the Comfort and Joy of the Children of Wisdom....
p iii-viii The Epistle To the honest, sober Reader. [Signed W.C and dated 3rd July 1672.]
p ix-xv The Preface to the Lovers of Wisdom.
p xvi-xvii [Table of contents.]
p xviii Aurora Sapientiae: Morning Light, Or Dawning of Wisdom.
p1-78 Jehior, or the Morning Light of Wisdom. [In 21 chapters.]
Of the Books of Wisdom, in which the same may be learned; How and in what manner? - Of those principles and beginnings of all things, as also of God himself, and of all whatsoever it be. - Of the first Principle of all things which is God. - Of the Second Principle, viz. Nature. - Of the third general Principle, namely of the Element. - Of the three special Principles, Spirit, Wind and Water. - Of the particular principles, Body, Soul, and Spirit. - Of the Elements, and contrary Elements in the Creation. - Of the Principle or Original of that evil one, and of the Angels. - Of the difference of the light and darkness, as also of the light and fire. - Of the Principle of the fire, and its Mystery. - Out of what, wherein, and whereby all things good and bad do subsist, pass away, and yet how they last for ever. - Of the Creation of the World. - Of the particular Creation. - Of the Mystery of the Word. - Of the mystery of the Created lower visible things. - Of the Creation of man and his Anatomy. - Of the Image of God, after which Man is Created. - Of the Mystical Image, that is of the Mystery of God. - Of the Truth and Spirit, by which all Wisdom is justified. - Of the Mystery of Time, to understand it aright.
p79-83 Conclusion.
p1-85 A Catalogue of Chymicall Books.

Cotta, John [1575?-1650?].
Cotta contra Antonium; or an ant-Antony: or an Ant-Apology, manifesting Doctor Antony his Apologie for Aurum potabile, in true and equall ballance of right reason, to be false and counterfait. By Iohn Cotta Doctor in physicke.
At Oxford, printed by John Lichfield & James Short for Henry Cripps. Anno Dom. 1623.
4 + 2 folios + 108 pages.

f 1-4 To the Right Worshipfull, Eminent, Learned, and Reverend Doctors in Physicke resident in the Renowned Universitie of Oxford.
f 1 To the Reader. [Here Cotta says that this book was first offered to the printer of the University in Oxford in 1616, but was delayed by some supporters of Dr. Anthonie.]
p1-108 [This book systematically answers all the points in Dr. Antonie's Apology of 1616, taking each argument advanced by Anthonie and rigorously analysing and criticising it. He uses critical reason rather than ridicule, in his attempt to destroy Anthonie's thesis. Later in the book he even attempts to undermine some of Anthonie's testimonials.]
[Cotta wrote a number of works attacking those whom he saw to be charlatans and false practitioners of medicine]

Croll, Oswald.
Bazilica chymica, & Praxis chymiatricae or Royal and practical chymistry in three treatises. Wherein all those excellent medicines and chymical preparations are fully discovered, from whence all our modern chymists have drawn their choicest remedies. Being a translation of Oswald Crollius his Royal Chemistry, augmented an inlarged by John Hartman. To which is added his treatise of signatures of internal things, or a true and lively anatomy of the greater and lesser world. As also the Practice of chymistry of John Hartman M.D., augmented and inlarged by his son. All faithfully Englished by a lover of chymistry.
London, printed for John Starkey at the Mitre in Fleetstreet near Temple-Bar, and Thomas Passinger at the Three Bibles on London-Bridge 1670.

Croll, Oswald [1580-1609].
Philosophy Reformed & Improved in Four Profound Tractates. The I. Discovering the Great and Deep Mysteries of Nature: By that Learned Chymist & Physitian Osw: Crollius. The other III. Discovering the Wonderfull Mysteries of the Creation, by Paracelsus: being His Philosophy to the Athenians. Both made English by H. Pinnell, for the increase of Learning and true Knowledge.
London: printed by M.S. for Lodowick Lloyd, at the Castle in Cornhill. 1657.
xx + 226 + ii + 70 pages. 163x104mm.

[Opposite title page is a engraved portrait of Paracelsus.]
p i-xvi The Translators Apology, Caution and Retraction. [Signed at end "May 10. 1656. H. Pinnell."]
p xvii Postscript.
p xviii-xix Added by a Friend of the Publisher of this Piece of Crollius and Paracelsus in English. [Two short verses in English.]
p1-21 The Admonitory Preface of Oswald Crollie, Physician: To The Most Illustrious Prince Chistian Anhaltin.
p22-226 [Text in six chapters.]
Of the True Physick. - [p47 Title] Now by Gods assistance I shall say something concerning the Generation, Dignity, & Excelency of the Microcosm, Or Little World Man. - Where that True Physick is to be found. - How the True Physick, which is covered bark and rind,cton, George.
A letter in answer to certain quaeries and objections made by a certain Galenist, against the theorie and practice of chymical physick. Wherein the right method of curing of diseases is demonstrated: the possibility of an universal evi p i

Culpepper, Nicholas [1616-1654].
Mr. Culpepper's Treatise of Aurum Potabile. Being A Description of the Three-fold World. Viz. Elimentary Celestiall Intellectuall Containing The Knowledge necessary to the Study of Hermetick Philosophy. To which is added: Mr. Culpepper's Ghost. Giving Advice to all the Lovers of his Writings.
London: printed for G. Eversden, at the Signe of the Maiden-head, in St Pauls Church-yard. 1656.
xviii + 16 + 200 pages. 155x98mm.

Other editions:
Mr. Culpepper's Treatise of Aurum Potabile, London 1657. [The tract on Mr. Culpepper's Ghost is omitted.]

[Opposite title page is an engraved portrait of Nicholas Culpepper.]
p i-xii To the Reader. [Signed at end by Alice Culpepper and dated the 9th October 1655.]
p xiii [Title] Mr Culpeper's Ghost, Giving Seasonable Advice to the Lovers of his Writings. London: Printed for Peter Cole, and are to be sold at his Shop, at the sign of the Printing-Press in Corn-hil, neer the Royal Exchange. 1656.
p xv-xvii The Printer to the Reader [signed by Peter Cole.]
p xviii The Names of Mr. Culpepers eight several Books of Physick, that thou art advised in this Discourse to buy.
p1-16 Mr Culpeper's Ghost, Giving Seasonable Advice to the Lovers of his Writings.
p1-200 Mr. Culpepper's Treatise of Aurum Potabile.
Lib. I. The motives which first moved the ancient Philosophers to this study. - Lib. II. What Naturall Philosophy is requisite to a Student in this Art. - Section I. Of the Elementary World. - Of the Element of Earth. - Of the Element of Fire. - Of the Element of Aire. - Of the Element of 'Water. - Section II. Of the Celestiall World. Proemium. - Of the Sun. - Of the Moon. - Of Saturn. - Of Jupiter. - Of Mars. - Of Venus. - Of Mercury. - Section III. Of the Intellectuall or, Aetheriall World. - Of Intellectuall or Aetheriall Knowledge. - What Points in Divinity must be Practised by such as intend the attainment of Aurum Potabile. - Conclusion.

D., H. V.
The Tomb of Semiramis hermetically sealed, which if a wise Man open (not the ambitious Covetous Cyrus) he shall find the Treasures of Kings, inexhaustible Riches to his content.
London; Printed for the Translator; and sold by William Marshal Bookbinder, in Butcherhal-Lane near the three Pigeons.
32 pages.

Other editions:
Tumba Semiramidis hermeticè sigillata, quam si sapiens aperuerit, non Cyrus, ambitiosus: avarus, regum ille thesauros, divitiarum inexhaustos, quod sufficiat, inveniet. n.p., 1674.
Latin version included in Miscellanea Curiosa Acadamiae Naturae Curiosorum, Annus quartus & quintus, Francof, & Lips., 1678. [Appendix, pp. 69-81.]
English version included in Collectanea Chymica: a Collection of Ten Several Treatises in Chymistry... London, 1684.

[This book claims to reveal the secrets of the physical work of the philosophers stone, however, though it stays close to its theme it uses metaphorical and philosophical allusions to the process, rather than approaching it directly in physical terms. The author indicates in the preface the reason for the title of his book "We therefore... do raise this knowledge, buried and obscured under the pretext of the Tomb of the most wise Semiramis, formerly Queen of Babylon..." Through a series of ten chapters the author deals with the physical subject of the philosophers' stone, the physical or philosophers' gold, the preparation of bodies for the philiosophers' Mercury, the second and true philosophical solution of bodies, and their reduction into Mercury, the nature of a quintessence, the philosphical fire, or dissolving menstruum, or liquor alkahest, and whether this is corrosive, the practice, augmentation and physical use of the stone, both internally and externally. The author mention and quotes from various authorities, including Augurellus, Geber, pseudo-Lully, Avicenna, Paracelsus, Joachim Polemann, Rupescissa, Arnold of Villa Nova, Van Helmont, and many others.]

Dee, Arthur.
Fascilicus Chemicus: or Chemical Collections. Expressing the Ingress, Progress, and Egress, of the Secret Hermetick Science, out of the choisest and most Famous Authors. Collected and digested in such an order, that it may prove to the advantage, not onely of the Beginners, but Proficients of this high Art, by none hitherto disposed in this Method. Whereunto is added, The Arcanum or Grand Secret of Hermetick philosophy. Both made English by James Hasolle, Esquire, Qui est Mercuriophilus Anglicus...
London, printed by J. Flesher for Richard Mynne, at the sign of St. Paul in Little Britain, 1650.
lii + 268 pages.

p ii [Frontispiece engraving.]
p iii [Titlepage.]
p v-xxxv [Prolegomena] To All Ingeniously Elaborate Students, In the most Divine Mysteries of Hermetick Learning... 1 March.1649/50. James Hassole [i.e. Elias Ashmole.]
p xxxvi Postscript... 1 April. 1650. James Hassole.
p xxxvii-xliii To the students in Chymistry... Arthur Dee. C.M. Archiatros Anglus.
p xliv-lii To the Candid Reader... From my Study at Musco, the Calends of March. 1629.
p1-153 Arthur Dee Doctor of Physick, His Chymicall Collections [in ten chapters].
Natural Matter, what it is, and from whence - The Preparation: or the first work, or work of the Winter - The Weight in Preparation - The Philosophers Fire, what? - The Rise or Birth of the Stone - The Weights of the second Work - Of Imbibition - Of Fermentation - Of Projection - Multiplication.
p155 [Title page] Arcanum: or, The grand Secret of Hermetick Philosophy. Wherein, The Secrets of Nature and Art, concerning the Matter and Manner of making the Philosophers Composition, are orderly and methodically manifested. The Work of a concealed Author. Penes nos unda Tagi. The third Edition amended and enlarged.
p157-161 To the Students in, and well affected unto Hermetick Philosophy, health and prosperity.
163-258 Hermetic Secrets [in 137 canons].
p259-265 To the Lovers of Hermetick Philosophy I.C. Chymicrastes wisheth prosperity.
p266 The Signifer of Philosophers with the Houses of the Planets. [Engraving of horoscope, showing the 12 signs with their ruling planets.]
p267-268 The Times of the Stone [commenting upon the 'Signifer'.]

Digby, Kenelm.
Chymical secrets, and rare experiments in physick and philosophy, with figures collected and experimented... Containing , many rare and unheard of medicines, menstruums, and alkahests; the Philosophical Arcanum of Flamel Artefius, Pontanus and Zachary, with the true secret of volatilizing the fixed salt of tartar. Published since his death, by George Hartman chymist, and steward to the aforesaid Sir Kenelm.
London, printed for Will. Cooper, at the Pelican in Little Britain, 1683.

Digby, Kenelm.
Of bodies, and of mans soul. To discover the immortality of reasonable souls. With two discourses Of the powder of sympathy, and Of the vegetation of plants... London, printed by S.G. and B.G. for John Williams, and are to be sold in Little Britain over against St. Buttolphs-Church, M.DC.LXIX. [1669]

Duchesne, Joseph.
A breefe aunswere of Josephus Quercetanus Armeniacus, Doctor of Phisicke, to the exposition of Jacobus Aubertus Vindonis, concerning the original, and causes of Mettales. Set foorth against chimists. Another exqisite and plaine treatise of the same Josephus, concerning the spagericall preparations, and use of minerall, animall, and vegitable medicines. Whereunto is added divers rare secretes, not heeretofore known of many. By John Hester, practitioner in the Spagericall Arte.
At London, printed Anno. Dom. 1591.

Duchesne, Joseph.
The practise of chymicall, and Hermeticall physicke, for the preservation of health. Written in Latin by Josephus Quersitanus... And translated into English, by Thomas Timme...
London. Printed by Thomas Creede, 1605.

Eglinus, Raphael Iconius [1559-1622].
Cheiragogia Heliana. A Manuduction To the Philosopher's Magical Gold: Out of which Profound, and Subtile Discourse; Two of the particular Tinctures, That of Saturn and Jupiter Conflate; and of Jupiter Single, are recommended as short and profitable Works, by the Restorer of It to the light. To which is added; ANTRON MITRAS; Zoroaster's Cave: Or, an Intellectual Echo, &c. Together with The Famous Catholic Epistle of John Pontanus upon the Minerall Fire. By Geo.Thor. Astromagus.
London, printed for Humphrey Moseley at the Prince's Armes in St Paul's Church-yard. 1659.
x + 96 pages. 140x85mm.

Other editions:
An Easie Introduction to the Philosopher's Magical Gold... London, 1667.
Cheiragogia heliana de auro philosophico necdum cognito... Marpurgi Cattorum, 1612.
In Theatrum Chemicum, Vol 4, Argentorati, 1659. [p265-287, 300-330.]

p i-viii To the Students in Magic, for Astrall Secrets.[Signed at end "Geo. Thor: Astromagus."]
p ix Programma Authoris [Latin verse.]
p1-56 Cheiragogia Heliana. A Manuduction to the Philosopher's Magical Gold.
p57-91 ANTRON MITRAS. Zoroaster's Cave. Or, the Philosopher's Intellectuall Echo to One another from their Cells.
Of Mercurie and Sulphur. - The Names of the Materia to the Magical practice. - No way but one to the Sulphur of Nature. - The Number of the Components of the Magical Stone. - The Operations of Art in her Ministery and Attendance to Nature. - The Watering of Pegasus at his own Fountain; and of his Other food out of the Ayre and Earth. - Ignis Magorum. The Philosophers Fire. - The Philosophers vessell; The Cone, or Oval; The Colours of the Chao's; Transient, and Critical. - The Time to perfect the physick-work. - The Fermentation of The Stone. - The Multiplication, and Projection of the Tincture. - The Virtues of the Great Elixir, or Astral medicin. - The way to attain to this Sacred Science.
p92-96 John Pontanus upon The mineral Fire; and the Great Elixir, commonly call'd The Philosophers Stone.

Elixir magnum: the Philosophers Stone found out.
Philadelphia: James Challin, 1757.

Espagnet, Jean d'.
Enchyridion physicae restitutae; or, the summary of physicks recovered. Wherein the true harmony of Nature is explained, and many errours of the ancient philosophers, by canons and certain demonstrations, are clearly evidenced and evinced.
London,. printed by W. Bentley, and are to be sold by W. Sheares at the Bible and Robert Tutchein at the Phenix, in the New-rents in S. Pauls Church-yard. 1651.

Evans, John.
The universall medicine: or the vertues of the antimoniall cup. Collected out of the experiments, and observations of the most famous, learned, and best approved philosophers, and physicians, that have written of that subject...
London, printed by John Haviland, 1634.

Evans, John.
The universall medicine: or the virtues of my magneticall or antimoniall cup. Confirmed to be health-procuring, an health-preserving effectual medicine, by extant monuments of antiquity. By testimonies of honorable personages. By 100 of admirable and rare experiments. By 200 persons of quality that have experienced the same. Collected by...
London. Printed by Richard Hodgkinsonne. 1642. Faber, Albert Otto.
De auro potabili medicinali ad potentissimum principem, Carolum II. Magnae Britanniae... Regem... per Albertum Othonem Fabrum... Printed for the author, in the Old Palace near Parliament Staris. 1677.

Fioravanti, Leonard.
Three exact pieces of Leonard Phioravant Knight, and doctor in physick, viz. His rationall secrets, and chirurgery, reviewed and revived. Together with a book of excellent experiments and secrets, collected out of the practises of several expert men in both faculties. Whereunto is annexed Paracelsus his one hundred and fourteen experiments: with certain excellent works of B.G. a Portu Aquitano. Also Isaac Hollandus his secrets concerning his vegetall and animall work. With Quercetanus his spagyrick antidotary for gun-shot.
London, printed by G. Dawson, and are to be sold by William Nealand, at his shop at the sign of the Crown in Duck-lane. 1652.

Flamel, Nicholas.
Nicholas Flammel, his exposition of the hieroglyphicall figures which he caused to bee painted upon an arch in St. Innocents church-yard, in Paris. Together withthe secret booke of Artephius, and the epistle of Iohn Pontanus: Concerning both the theoreticke and the practicke of the Philosophers Stone. Faithfully, and (as the maiesty of the thing requireth) religiously done into English out of the French and Latine copies. By Eirenaeus Orandus, qui est, Vera veris enodans.
Imprinted at London by T.S. for Thomas Walkley, and are to bee solde at his shop, at the Eagle and Childe in Britans Bursse. 1624. Flamel, Nicholas.
Testament of Nicholas Flamel. London: printed by J. and E. Hodson, No 15, Cross-Street, Hatton-Garden; and are sold only by the editor... 1806.

Freind, John.
Chymical lectures... 1704.

Fludd, Robert.
Mosaicall philosophy: grounded upon the essential truth or eternal sapience...
London, printed for Humphrey Moseley, at the Prince's Armes in St. Paul's Church-yard. 1659.

French John.
The art of distillation: or, a treatise of the choicest spagyrical preparations, experiments, and curiosities, performed by way of distillation. Together with the description of the choicest furnaces and vessels used by ancient and modern chemists. And the anatomy of gold and silver; with the chiefest preparations and curiosities thereof; together with their virtues...
1651.

Geber.
The works of Geber, the most famous Arabian prince and philosopher, of the investigation and perfection of the Philosophers-Stone...
London, printed for William Cooper at the Pelican in Little Britain. MDCLXXXVI. [1686]

Gesner, Conrad.
The newe jewll of health, wherein is contayned the most excellent sceretes of phisicke and philosophie, devided into fower bookes. In the which are the best approved remedies for the diseases as well inwarde as outwarde, of all the partes of mans bodie: treating very amplye of all dystillations of waters, of oyles, balmes, quintessences, with the extraction of artificiall saltes, the use and preparation of antimonie, and potable gold. Gathered out of the best and most approved authors, by that excellent Doctor Gesnerus. Also the pictures, and maner to make the vessels, furnaces, and other instrumentes thereunto belonging. Faithfully corrected and published in Englishe, by George Baker, chirurgian.
Printed in London, by Henrie Denham. 1576.

Glauber, Johann Rudolf.
A description of new philosophical furnaces, or a new art of distilling, divided into five parts. Whereunto is added a description of the tincture of gold, or the true aurum potabile; also, the first part of the mineral work. Set forth and published for the sakes of them that are studious of the truth... Set forth in English by J.F.D.M.
London, printed by Richard Coats, for Tho: Williams, at the signe of the Bible in Little-Britain. 1651.
[Translated by John French.]

Glauber, Johann Rudolf.
The works of the highly experienced and famous chymist, John Rudolph Glauber: containing, great variety of choice secrets in medicine and alchymy in the working of metallick mines, and the separation of metals: also, various cheap and easie ways of making salt-petre, and improving of barren-land, and the fruits of the Earth. Together with many other things very profitable for all the lovers of art and industry. Translated into English, and published for the publick good by the labour, care, and charge, of Christopher Packe, Philo-chymico-medicus.
London, printed by Thomas Milbourne, for the author, and are to be sold at his house next door to the Gun in Little Moorfields; by D. Newman at the King's-Arms in the Poultry, and W. Cooper at the Pellican in Little Britain. MDCLXXXIX [1689].

A Guide to Alchymy: or the Grand Secret laid open: being A full and clear Declaration, both of the first Matter, and also the Method of Operation, for making the Philosopher's Stone: Explaining the figurative Terms in which it has been concealed for many Ages: Now faithfully published for the Benefit of those who desire to improve in chymical knowledge. By a philosopher...
London: printed for W. Domville, at the Royal-Exchange, 1770.
62 pages.

p3 Proofs that Gold has been made by the Philosopher's Stone.
p5-7 The Preface.
p8 The Contents.
p9-61 [Text in thirteen chapters.]
The introduction - Of the vegetable Tincture, or the Process called the lesser Circulation - Of the Uses of the vegetable Tinctures, with some general Remarks on their great Efficacy in Medicine - Of the Metallic Tincture - Of the second Matter, or Seed in Metals - Of the Dissolution and Extraction of the Seed in Metals - Of the Separation and further Treatment of our Philosophical Seed - Of the Union or mystical Marriage in the Philosphical Process - Of the further Treatment and ripening of our Seed - Of the further Process, to the ripening of our Noble Seed - A further Description of the Process - Of the Stone and its Uses - Of the Transmutation.
p62 A Catalogue of Writers on Alchymy.