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Treatise On The Great Art

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"Table of Contents.
PREFACE. 3
LIST OF THE MODERN WORKS CONSULTED 8
TABLE OF CONTENTS. 9
PRELIMINARY DISCOURSE 11
PART I 25
General Principles of Physics According to Hermetic Philosophy. 25
Of the First Matter 28
Of Nature 30
Of Light and Its Effects 32
Of Man 32
Of the Elements 37
Of the Earth 39
Of Water 39
Of the Air 41
Of Fire 41
Igneus est illis vigor, et coelestis origo 42
Of the Operations of Nature 45
Of the General Aspects of the Mixts 46
Of the Differences between the Three Kingdoms 46
The Mineral 46
The Vegetable 46
The Animal 47
Of the Soul of Mixts 47
Of the Generation and Corruption of the Mixts 48
Of Light 50
Of the Preservation of Mixts 52
Of The Moist Radical 53
Of the Harmony of the Universe 54
Of Movement 55
PART II 57
Treatise on the Hermetic Work. 57
Treatise on the Great Work 58
Philosophical Counsels 60
Aphorism. Of the Truth of the Sciences 61
The key of Science 62
Of Secrecy 62
Of the Means of Arriving at the Secret 62
Of the Keys of Nature 62
Of Metallic Principles 63
Of the Matter of the Magnum Opus in General 63
Ancient Philosophical Names given to this Matter 65
Matter is all and yet Simple 66
The Key of the Work 68
The Great Art page 10
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Definitions and Properties of this Mercury 73
Of the Vase of Art and That of Nature 75
Names given to This Vase by the Ancients 76
Of Fire in General 78
Of Philosophical Fire 79
Operative Principles 80
Operation Principles in Particular 83
Calcination 83
Solution 83
Putrefaction 83
Fermentation 84
Demonstrative Signs or Principles 85
Of the Elixir 89
Operation of the Elixir according to d’Espagnet 91
Quintessence 91
The Tincture 91
The Multiplication 92
Of the Weights in the Work 93
Very instructive General Rules 94
Of the Virtue of the Medicine 97
Of the Maladies of the Metals 98
Of the times of the Stone 100
Conclusion 100
ADDENDA. 102
Dictionary of Hermetic Symbols 102
Alchemical Characters. 105"

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