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  1. Orders of the Great Work: Alchemy (Adept Series)
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  2. Orders of the Great Work: Alchemy (Adept Series)

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Here is set forth the origin of the concept of alchemy, its rise in Egypt as the secret doctrine of Hermes, its migration to Arabia, and its relation to the early schools of Christianity. The course of the alchemical mystery is followed from the Near East through the Byzantine Empire and into Europe. During these travels many pioneers in this field are met, including Roger Bacon, Raymond Lully, and Nicholas Flamel. The letters of Sendivogius to the Brotherhood of the Rosy Cross, almost completely unknown to the modern world, are discussed. Illustrated.

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Manly P. Hall
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While Manly Hall gives a brief history of alchemy in general, deriving its roots which seem to come from Arabia and the Middle East. As part of Hall's "Adept Series," the main focus of the text is on a select few of famous alchemists. Albertus Magnus and Hermes Trismegistus did not make the list, however, thier influece is recognized. Manly Hall chose the likes of Roger Bacon, Nicholas Flammel, Paracelsus, Johan Baptista van Hemont, Thomas Vaughn and a few other more obscure characters in the alchemical world. Hall's writing is observant, yet sometimes unsure, challenging other perspectives and assumptions (such as A. E. Waite). Because of the esoteric topic there is not much literature to go by, and many times one has to decipher through code and language pattern to really determine its owner, thus giving Hall a tough job of attempting a linear chronology of alchemical history. Overall it is well researched with lots of good information for the occult historian... Read more
Manly P. Hall's Adept Series reports on the Great Work of Alchemy. Giving a brief history of the art of transmutating base metals into gold. Alchemy, from the Arabian 'al' meaning God, while chemi, or 'khmi' or 'khem' from Egyptian hierglyph meaning dark earth, or darkness, which refers to the occult or hidden aspects of this art. 'khem' became chemistry, and thus alchmey which literally translated 'God-chemistry.' This is still being disputed accoring to Hall. Moving on, the author sets on to biograph the lives of many famous alchemists like Flammel, Lord Bacon, Khunrath, Lully, Vaughn, Valentine and some more obscure professors. Although brief in its entirety, Hall gives a valid and scholarly look into the world of ancient alchemy. At some points, because of the reference to these men are so vague, Hall gives his best attempt at ressurecting a life for these men whom very little has been written due to the heretical works of the times. Reccomended!
Manly Hall: Orders of the Great Work - Alchemy 1949

This is probably the most succinct treatise on Alchemy that I've come across. Hall gives us an overview of the three types of alchemy: spiritual, transmutative, and the combination of the two. He debunks the false accusations of crazy alchemists and shows that turning base metals into gold may not be as crazy a notion as most would like to believe.

This book is rich with historical alchemists such as Elias Artista, and references to deeper research. It is an excellent launching pad for those serious about digging further into the ancient mysteries.
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