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At any rate, all of the alchemistic works attributed to Flamel are of more or less questionable origin. One of these, entitled A Short Tract, or Philosophical Summary, will be found in The Hermetic Museum. It is a very brief work, supporting the sulphur-mercury theory. 41. "Basil Valentine" and "The Triumphal Chariot of Antimony". Probably the most celebrated of all alchemistic books is the work known as TriumphWagen des Antimonii. A Latin translation with a commentary by Theodore Kerckringius was published in 1685, and an English translation of this version by Mr A.
In the present case, however, the alembics are employed in conjunction with apparatus for subliming difficultly volatile substances. Plate 5, fig. B, shows another apparatus for sublimation, consisting of a sort of oven, and three detachable upper chambers, generally called aludels. In both forms of apparatus the vapours are cooled in the upper part of the vessel, and the substance is deposited in the solid form, being thereby purified from less volatile impurities. Plate 6, fig. A, shows an athanor (or digesting furnace) and a couple of digesting vessels.
Com 37 ALCHEMY • 2. What is below is like that which is above, and what is above is like that which is below, to accomplish the miracles of one thing. • 3. And as all things were produced by the mediation of one Being, so all things were produced from this one thing by adaptation. • 4. Its father is the Sun, its mother the Moon; the wind carries it in its belly, its nurse is the earth. • 5. It is the cause of all perfection throughout the whole world. • 6. Its power is perfect if it be changed into earth.