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Alchemy (Art and Imagination)

The Secret Art

Stanislas Klossowski de Rola

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The perfect illustrated introduction to alchemy and alchemical art


The goals of alchemy have fascinated humanity for centuries. Much more than the art of turning base metals into gold, alchemy is a system of cosmic symbolism, a grand allegory for spiritual fulfilment and a mystic guide to achieving oneness with the world. Here is an introduction to the complex imagery and cyclic processes of both the alchemist’s art and alchemical artwork, in which gold is an emblem of its crowning glory, the elixir of life a stepping-stone to greater wonders.

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Book Details

Format: Paperback with flaps

Size: 21.0 x 15.0 cm

Extent: 128 pp

Illustrations: 193

Publication date: 4 February 2013

ISBN: 9780500810552

Contents List

Introduction; The Great Work; True and False Alchemy; Innerstanding; The Four and the Three; Present and Future; An Exposition upon Sir George Ripley’s Vision, written by Æyrenaeus Philalethes, Anglus, Cosmopolita (1677); Themes: The Royal or Sacerdotal Art, Eternal Transmigration, The Progress of the Work, Cosmic Diagrams, The Language of Symbols

About the Author

Stanislas Klossowski de Rola is a lifelong student of alchemy and author of The Golden Game, also published by Thames & Hudson.