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Alchemy related book review – Dragon’s blood and Willow Bark by Toni Mount

6 March 2017

So I thought I’d do a partial book review, covering my area of expertise. The victim this time is Toni Mount. Don’t worry, she is far superior to Jonathan Hughes, and her...

To practise your observational skills – The differences between a medieval original picture and a 17th century copy

22 February 2017

A while ago Chem Heritage Foundation tweeted a picture of one of the drawings from Elias Ashmole’s 17th century copy of Thomas Norton’s Ordinal of the 1470’s. This...

The Alchemical testament of John Gibbs of Exeter, and other 16th century English alchemists

7 February 2017

This is a peculiar little text, apparently from the 16th century. The original MS is apparently Ashmole 1423 in the Bodleian library, yet I can’t find it in their catalogue, it...

The complicated braid of alchemical thought and practise

31 January 2017

A few years ago now, when I got into alchemy, the more I read, the more confused I got. At first it seemed fairly simple, but after a few years I managed to find more sources and information...