Chymia: Science and Nature in Medieval and Early Modern by Miguel Lopez-Perez, Didier Kahn, Mar Rey-Bueno

By Miguel Lopez-Perez, Didier Kahn, Mar Rey-Bueno

In September 2008, a world convention at the heritage of alchemy used to be held at El Escorial, with regards to the traditional position of the distilling homes working lower than royal patronage throughout the moment half the sixteenth century. the current e-book contains a variety of the papers provided then, laying off gentle on little-studied medieval and early glossy texts, very important alchemical doctrines comparable to medieval corpuscularianism, early glossy spiritus mundi or the functionality of salt inside chymical ideas, and discussing such famous figures as Paracelsus, Isaac Hollandus, Michael Sendivogius, Fontenelle or G. E. Stahl. final yet no longer least, the ebook deals new insights at the most modern heritage of Spanish alchemy.

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16 In the three editions of the Encyclopaedia Judaica, the voice alchemy is committed to the pen of Bernard Suler. In his contributions, Suler traces a complete account of the relationship between the Jews and alchemy, remarking the fact that the Jewish pre-eminence in the field was mainly stated in treatises written by non-Jews. Although he recognizes that much research is still to be conducted, he seems to agree with Steinschneider’s opinion when he maintains: The number of Jews who practiced the art of alchemy was apparently relatively small; however the state of knowledge on this point is incomplete […].

14 This is the case, for instance, of Steinscheneider’s description of Ms. Orient. Klein 514 of the Staatsbibliothek, Berlin in: Moritz Steinschneider, Die Handschriften-Verzeichnisse der Königlichen Bibliothek zu Berlin, (Hildesheim – New York: G. Olms Verlag, 1980; repr. of the edition Berlin: Buchdruckerei der Königl. Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1878), II, 119-121. 15 Moritz Steinschneider, “Pseudo-Juden und Zweifelhafte Autoren”, Monatsschrift für Geschichte und Wissenschaft des Judenthums 38 (1884): 39 ff.

Col. 1661. 36 Carl Felix Halm and G. Meyer, Catalogus codicum latinorum Bibliothecae Regiae Monacensis secundum Andrea Schmelleri Indices composuerunt Carolus Halm et Guglielmus Meyer, Munich, ed. altera emendatior, 1881, t. II, pars IV, codices num. 21406-27268, n° 1807 ; Lynn Thorndike and Pierre Kibre, op. , col. 1632. 37 Peter C. Boeren, Codices Vossiani Chymici (Leiden, Universitaire Pers Leiden, 1975), 186. 38 Catalogue général des manuscrits des bibliothèques publiques de France, t. XXX (Lyon), (Paris, 1900), 72-74 ; Jean Corbett, Catalogue des manuscrits alchimiques latins, t.

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