Library - Non-Fiction - Alchemy

These are texts, images, and other tidbits I've collected related to my study of alchemy.

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Bartlett, Robert Allan. Real Alchemy: A Primer of Practical Alchemy. Quinquangle Press, 2006.

If you are interested in Alchemy, and just want to read a solid book that will get you started, this is an excellent option. Bartlett lays bare the 'secrets' of alchemy in very easy to understand language, with very direct instruction on pursuing all three branches.

Eklund, Jon. The Incompleat Chymist: Being an Essay on the Eighteenth-Century Chemist in His Laboratory, with a Dictionary of Obsolete Chemical Terms of the Period. Smithsonian Studies in History and Technology, Number 33. Smithsonian Institute Press, Washington, DC, 1975.

This is a very simple dictionary of chemical terms common in the 18th century. Useful for reading older texts and deciphering just what the author is describing. It is floating around the internet without proper title or attribution.

Junius, Manfred M. Practical Handbook of Plant Alchemy: An Herbalist's Guide to Preparing Medicinal Essences, Tinctures and Elixirs. Translated by LĂ©one Muller, Healing Arts Press; Reprint edition (December 1, 1985)

The importance of this book to an herbalist or an alchemist can not be overstated. If you are pursuing the study of alchemy, you will quickly realize that it is much easier with some practical experience to dissect and make use of the information encoded for spiritual alchemy. The popular perception is that the route for that is to pursue metallurgical alchemy, i.e. turning lead into gold. But spagyric (plant based) alchemy is also a wonderful, and practical place to start. Read this book cover to cover a couple of times, and then keep it handy for a reference.

Katz, David A. An Illustrated History of Alchemy and Early Chemistry. 1978, 2004, 2008.

This is exactly as the title says; an illustrated history of alchemy and its evolution into chemistry. There are debates and disagreements about the early origins of alchemy, and this paper presents only one view, but it is useful none the less.

Nettleton, Stuart. The Alchemy Key: Unraveling the Single Tangible Secret in all Mysteries. Published by Stuart Nettleton. Syndney, Australia. 2002.

If you're just geting into Alchemy, or are looking for an overview book, this is a good place to start. It focuses on the Philosopher's Stone, and will help to unravel some of the sticky and confusing ancient texts.