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'Dyas Chymica Tripartita' is an exceedingly rare* book from 1625 compiled by Johann Grasshoff which includes 6 (or 7) philosophical treatises on alchemy.
To the best of my very limited understanding (combined with extensive confusion from reprinting details, translations and general obscurity) the book includes:
-'Liber Alze' (A Very Brief Tract Concerning the Philosophical Stone). Author uknown.
-The 'Aureum Seculum', written by Adrian von Mynsicht under the pseudonym Henricus Madathanus.
-'The Book of Lambspring'.
-'Twelve Keys' by Basilius Valentinus, the Benedictine.
-'Hermetico-Spagyrisches Lustgärtlein Darrinen Hundert and Sechtzig' - a work of 120 emblems defining the true hermetic alchemists in emblematic terms (there are a few examples at the top of this post and more in the following entry).
-I haven't quite worked out the names of the other treatises in 'Dyas Chymica Triparita', which is online in its entirety (no thumbnails unfortunately) at Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel. The majority of headings as well as epigrams for the emblemata are in latin, while the substantive text is in german.
The other images above come from the 'Twelve Keys' series by Basilus Valentinus -- "with which we may open the doors of the knowledge of the Most Ancient Stone and unseal the Most Secret Fountain of Health." The engravings may have been produced by Matthæus Merian.
* "A complete copy of the 'Dyas Chymica' has been listed for as much as £25000"
Friday, June 16, 2006
Posted by peacay at 10:54 pm