Know more about Eirenaeus Philalethes | News and views about people around the world | Our first look at a New World alchemist. We look at Eirenaeus Philalethes and the person behind the name, George Starkey. He’s one of the. Philalethes, Eirenaeus: Collectanea Chymica: A Collection of Ten Several Treatises in Chymistry, Concerning The Liquor Alkahest, The Mercury of Philosophers.

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Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Shea, Reason, experiment, and mysticism in the scientific revolution New York: Home People Medicine Medicine: Turning back to Chapter II of the Introitus, our seven. Prior to the death of his father inStarkey most likely was tutored, perhaps by his parents or learned acquaintances of the family. After preparing his philosophical mercury, the starting point of the philosophers’ stone, the alchemist is supposed to seal it up with gold in a flask and subject it to slow, even heating.


He frequently resorted to print to combat fellow chemical practitioners, both to secure priority for his own medicines and to condemn those whose preparations invited censure of the chemical cause. Not only does our author employ dispersion de la science and the use of Decknamen, he uses two complementary techniques that I shall call syncope and parathesis.

Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Dover,et passim. Modern Language Association http: She then solicits the help of Philalethes, offering him not only dominion over herself, but the following reward: One can tell if he is happy or not by his countenance. Hence by employing the twin strategies of figurative language and dispersion de la science, Starkey and his fellows managed to compose treatises of remarkable difficulty. The final years of Starkey’s life were devoted to resurrecting his medical practice and manufacturing income-producing medicines.


Yet, there were eirenaeys within this circle dedicated to preserving secrecy and the protection of knowledge, which may have initially inspired Starkey’s alternate identity. Only 1 left in stock more on the way. Newman it finally turns black. University of Chicago, Let us therefore continue a bit with our unravelling of Philalethes, to further illuminate this mode of communication.

Available for download now. Philalethes then lights the furnace beneath the chamber, and the Water-bearer pours forth his water, now mixed with fire.

Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Print this article Print all entries for this topic Cite this article. Only if one knows the Helmontian theory that all substances derive from water can he know that this is what the sages mean when they say that their water is found everywhere. What Philalethes is doing here is establishing himself as the legitimate heir of Ripley’s alchemy: Starkey’s move to London was followed by remarkable success in establishing a medical practice and producing and administering medicinal remedies to patients, including Robert Boyle.

There is a lesson to be drawn from this — that even the most humble tools and operations of alchemy will be allegorized in Philalethes’ conceit. For the original article on Starkey see DSBvol.


These three ingredients are fire, saturnia, and mercury itself — here presumably quicksilver. Help us improve our Author Pages by updating your bibliography and submitting a new or current image and biography. A Treatise on Alchemy Mar 15, The works of Jung are peppered with references to alchemy, but sustained treatments are found in the following of his texts: Collecting this herb together with its roots, you will carry it until you come to the base of a mountain.

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Naturally enough, Philalethes wants to know what then is the true process for acquiring the philosophers’ stone. Newman fide, the native ore of metallic antimony. Alarmed at the expectations being made of him, Philalethes asks the disembodied voice for further directions. This horrible decay soon infects the philalfthes, which now grows black and thick, like turbid slime.

The first gate of Ripley’s castle was indeed such a place, both saturnine in the sense of being the scene of a sad burial and saturnine in the literal, planetary sense.

Longman, Green, The dissolution of his rival alarms him not a bit, but Philalethes is concerned about the fate of his lady.