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The Art of Distillation

The Art of Distillation

John French

With 42 woodcut illustrations. This is a detailed handbook of knowledge and practice at the time, said to be possibly the earliest definitive book on distillation, by John French, an English physician who lived in the 17th Century.

The Aurora of the Philosophers

The Aurora of the Philosophers

Paracelsus

The Aurora Of The Philosophers contains information regarding the magi, the philosopher’s stone, what was taught in the Ancient Egyptian schools, and lots of other esoteric knowledge.

The Biochemic System of Medicine

The Biochemic System of Medicine

George W. Carey

The Biochemic System Of Medicine Comprising The Theory, Pathological Action, Therapeutical Application, Materia Medica, And Repertory Of Schuessler’s Twelve Tissue Remedies.

The Chemistry of Human Life

The Chemistry of Human Life

George W. Carey

The Biochemic Statement of the Cause of Disease and the Physiological and Chemical Operation of the Inorganic Salts of the Human Organism and their Chemical Formulas.

Choice Aphorisms from the Seven Segments of Cardan

Choice Aphorisms from the Seven Segments of Cardan

William Lilly

Chapters include: General Aphorisms; Aphorisms Relating To Nativities; Aphorisms Concerning Revolutions; Aphorisms Relating To Decumbitures, Diseases, Physic, Etc; Aphorisms Concerning Elections; Aphorisms Relating To Eclipses And Comets; Aphorisms Touching Weather, Meteors, Etc; Some Aphorisms Relating To Husbandry; and, Aphorisms…

Coelum Philosophorum

Coelum Philosophorum

Paracelsus

The Coelum Philosophorum, or book of vexations; the science and nature of alchemy, and what opinion should be formed thereof. Regulated by the seven rules or fundamental canons according to the seven commonly known metals; and containing a preface with certain treatises and appendices.

The Compound of Alchemy

The Compound of Alchemy

George Ripley

The Ancient Hidden Art of Alchemie, Containing the right and perfect means To make the Philosophers Stone Aurum Potabile, with other Excellent Experiments, Divided lnto Twelve Gates.

The Descent of Man

The Descent of Man

Charles Darwin

Fully illustrated. No book made a greater impact on the intellectual world of its first Victorian readers nor has had such an enduring influence on our thinking on science, literature, theology and philosophy. In The Descent of Man, Darwin addresses the crucial question of the origins, evolution and racial divergence of mankind…

Fathers of Biology

Charles McRae

Subjects include Hippocrates, Aristotle, Galen, Vesalius, and, Harvey. From the Preface: ‘It is hoped that the account given, in the following pages, of the lives of five great naturalists may not be found devoid of interest.’

Friar Bacon, His Discovery of the Miracles of Art, Nature, and Magick

Friar Bacon, His Discovery of the Miracles of Art, Nature, and Magick

Roger Bacon

Roger Bacon can be placed on the boundary between magic and science. This essay starts with a strong dissenting opinion on the existence of magic; but finishes by discussing how to create a ‘Philosophers Egg’. In between, Bacon writes about the use of optics, gunpowder, and petroleum in warfare. In fact, Bacon is believed…

Harmonies of the World

Harmonies of the World

Johannes Kepler

Johannes Kepler published Harmonies of the World in 1619. This was the summation of his theories about celestial correspondences, and ties together the ratios of the planetary orbits, musical theory, and the Platonic solids. Kepler’s speculations are long discredited. However, this work stands as a bridge between the Hermetic philosophy of the Renaissance, which sought systems of symbolic correspondences in the fabric of nature…

The History of Animals

The History of Animals

Aristotle

The History of Animals is one of the major texts on biology by the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle, written in the fourth century BC. Seen as a pioneering work of zoology, Aristotle frames his text by explaining that he is investigating the what (the existing facts about animals) prior to establishing the why (the causes of these…

Hypnotism, Mesmerism and the New Witchcraft

Ernest Hart

A volume of papers which originally appeared in the Nineteenth Century in the British Medical Journal. Its chief purpose is to show that ‘hypnotism, when it is not a pernicious fraud, is a mere futility, which should have no place in the life of those who have work to do in the world.’ Dr. Hart looks upon spiritualism, mesmerism, faith cure…

Lectures on Evolution

Lectures on Evolution

Thomas Henry Huxley

Illustrated. This book is comprised of three lectures that Thomas Henry Huxley gave. ‘We live in and form part of a system of things of immense diversity and perplexity, which we call Nature; and it is a matter of the deepest interest to all of us that we should form just conceptions of the constitution of that system and of its past history…

Letters on Natural Magic

Letters on Natural Magic

David Brewster

Intended as a supplement to Sir Walter Scott’s 1830 Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft, this 1832 publication seeks to explain and expose the science behind the alleged ‘magic’ of spiritualists and conjurors. David Brewster (1781–1868), a Scottish natural philosopher and historian of science, was highly regarded in his lifetime but has since faded…

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