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Alchemy: The Poetry of Matter is an alchemical book rather than a book about alchemy. It is full of practice and experiment and perhaps a puzzle or an enigma. Its intent is to inspire curiosity about another way of knowing.
Alchemy is the art and science of bringing something to its final perfection, or its completion, much as a work of art is completed or perfected. And so, at heart it is about creation, creator, and creativity. Rooted in the Alexandrian alchemical tradition and working from a new translation of the Emerald Tablet, Alchemy: The Poetry of Matter is the author’s personal exploration of the union of material and non-material alchemical practice, that is of physical alchemy and inner alchemy. Engaging the Way of the Philosopher, and through direct experimentation, several areas are investigated in light of the Emerald Tablet – Chrysopoiea, the Green Lion, the Quintessence and Aurum potabile.
Unique to the book are five new translations of the earliest extant manuscripts of the Emerald Tablet, as well as translations of John of Rupescissa’s and Arnald of Villanova’s writings on the quintessence of wine and gold. (Read more)
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An English translation of the Arabic Emerald Tablet. Translated by Brian Cotnoir. The title and overall design by Lara Captan. The Arabic text is set in DecoType Naskh by Thomas Milo & Mirjam Somers. Letterpress, signed Limited edition of 103 copies 12″x18″ 300gr Magnani paper.
Quintessence, for the alchemists, was a very subtle medium present in all things but most easily extracted from wine. Through the myth and poetry of wine, and working from primary sources such as De Consideratione Quintae Essentie by John of Rupescissa, Marsilio Ficino’s De vita libri tres, and Arnold of Villanova’s Liber de Vinis, this monograph traces the philosophical development and techniques for isolating and using the quintessence in medicinal preparations. Instructions are given on how to obtain this quintessence and its uses, along with two of the earliest processes for making an aurum potabile. (Read More)
A nearly wordless consideration of alchemical theory and practice. Meditations is a limited edition series of linoleum block images – results from and expression of alchemical process and theory. (Read More)
This publication is a collection of new translations of the earliest extant Arabic and Latin versions with accompanying essay and commentary.
The Latin text is a 12th century translation of the 9th century Arabic text, and they are presented side-by-side with their respective English translations. The accordion book format has the texts and translations on one side, allowing for comparison readings of The Emerald Tablet. On the reverse side is the commentary and brief analysis by Brian Cotnoir. (Read More)
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