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As is now shown more concisely in this book, mythology and religion, astrology and magic, mysticism and science, literature and art, and many another ingredient-including even music-have contributed to the rise and development of alchemy, and hence of chemistry, the most romantic and picturesque of all the manifold fields of science. The alchemist is first considered realistically in relation to his working background of alchemy, with its intriguing theories and conceptions, its vast literature, and its wealth of cryptic expression and pictorial symbolism. Contents: Alchemy and Alchemists: Nature and Origin of Alchemy, Alchemical Theory, Some Alchemical Tenets, Operations of the Great Work, Alchemical Expression and Symbolism, Types of Alchemists; The Alchemist in Literature: An Alchemist among the Canterbury Pilgrims, An Alchemist in Jacobean London, An Alchemist tells of Himself; The Alchemist in Art: Durer's "Melencolia", Weiditz, Brueghel, Stradanus, de Bry, The Mystical Alchemist in Art, Teniers, van Ostade, Steen, Bega, Wijick, Other Dutch Painters, A Spanish Alchemical Painting, Later Alchemical Paintings, Wright of Derby.
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