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Alchemy and the philosopher’s stone - Elias Ashmole's Theatrum Chemicum Britannicum

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posted on Nov, 21 2017 @ 11:52 AM
I was watching the most recent episode of Pawn Stars and one of the featured items was a 1652 copy of Elias Ashmole's Theatrum Chemicum Britannicum. It supposedly contains the secrets of alchemy and also the philosopher’s stone.

According to the expert, it was one of Isaac Newton’s most consulted alchemical texts.

Some quick Googling and viola, a pdf of a scan of the whole book. The pdf even contains a scan of the folding plate which contains the key to all the secrets in the book. It's header reads, "Here followeth the Figure conteyning all the secrets of the Treatise both great & small". It's on page 117.

Also (according to the seller), this diagram is the inspiration for the Jonny Depp movie "The Ninth Gate".

Elias Ashmole's Theatrum Chemicum Britannicum


***Fun fact from the show - In 1980, scientists at Berkeley, California used a particle accelerator to turn bismuth into gold.
edit on 11/21/2017 by scojak because: (no reason given)


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