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  • Alchemical Works: Eirenaeus Philalethes Compiled. Cinnabar, P.O.Box 1930, Boulder, Co 80306-1930, U.S.A. Hardback, $60.
    [The complete works of the 17th century alchemical adept, Eirenaeus Philalethes.]
  • Antoine, Faivre. The Eternal Hermes: From Greek God to Alchemical Magus. Translated by Joscelyn Godwin. Phanes Press, 1995. Paperback. $18.95.
  • Raphael Patai, The Jewish Alchemists: A History and Source Book. Princeton University Press, 1994. (Available from Chthonios)
  • Gareth Roberts, The Mirror of Alchemy: Alchemical Ideas and Images in Manuscripts and Books from Antiquity to the Seventeenth Century. The British Library, 1994.
  • The Silent Language: The Symbols of Hermetic Philosophy, Exhibition in the Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica. Amsterdam In de Pelikaan, 1994. (Available from Chthonios)
  • Zbigniew Szydlo. Water which does not wet hands: The Alchemy of Michael Sendivogius. Polish Academy of Sciences, 1994. (In English. Available from Chthonios)
  • Antoine Faivre, Access to Western Esotericism. SUNY, 1995.
  • Julius Evola, The Hermetic Tradition: Symbols & Teachings of the Royal Art ( English translation by E.E. Rehmus.) Inner Traditions (ISBN 0-89281-451-9) $16.95 US.
  • William R. Newman, Gehennical fire: the lives of George Starkey, an American alchemist in the scientific revolution. Harvard, 1994. (348p bibl index afp isbn 0-674-34171-6, $49.95).

    [Newman has written a definitive and impeccably scholarly account of the short but turbulent life of Starkey (1628-65), whose most influential works on alchemy were written under the pseudonym of Irenaeus Philalethes. Born in Bermuda, his American phase was brief and most of his professional life was spent in England, where all of his extant works were published. This book is not merely biographical; it treats in detail alchemy at Harvard, Helmontian iatrochemistry in England, and Starkey's relations with the leading scientists of his time, of which Hartlib, Boyle, and Newton are only the best known. This major contribution to the history of alchemy is well written, amplified by more than a thousand notes and five appendixes, thoroughly indexed, and well produced. It will be accessible to few undergraduates, but highly useful to serious students of the history of science at the graduate and postgraduate levels. -- W. W. Beck, emeritus, Vassar College.]
  • Kren, Claudia Alchemy in Europe: a guide to research Garland 1990.
  • Moran, Bruce T. The alchemical world of the German Court: occult philosophy and chemical medicine in the circle of Moritz of Hessen Sudhoffs Archiv, Franz Sterner (Stuttgart) 1991
  • Syed Nomanul Haq Names, Nature's and Things: The alchemist Jabir ibn Hayyan and his Kitab al-Ahjar, Kluwer, 1994
  • Smith, Pamela The Business of Alchemy: Science and Culture in the Holy Roman Empire, Princeton UP, 1994 [Biography of Becher]
  • Lindberg, David C. & Westman, Robert L. Reappraisals of the Scientific Revolution CUP 1990 contains the following:
    Copenhaver, Brian "Natural magic, hermeticism and occultism in early modern science"
    Ashworth, William B. "Natural History and the emblematic world view"
    Golinski, Jan V. "Chemistry in the Scientific Revolution: Problems of Language and Communication"
  • Hunter, Michael ed. Robert Boyle Reconsidered CUP 1994 contains:
    Clericuzio, Antonio "Carneades and the chemists: a study of the Skeptical Chymist and its impact on seventeenth century chemistry"
    Principe, Lawrence M. "Boyle's alchemical pursuits"
    Newman, William R. "Boyle's debt to corpuscular alchemy"