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    • Emblem 48. The king, sick from drinking the waters, is cured by the physicians and gains his health.
    • 1618
    • Emblem 42. Let Nature, Reason, Experience and reading be the Guide, staff, spectacles and lamp for the one versed in Chemistry.
    • 1618
    • Emblem 41. Adonis is slain by a boar, and as Venus comes running she colors the Roses with her blood.
    • 1618
    • Emblem 37. Three things are sufficient for the magistery, white smoke, that is, water, the green lion, that is, the ore of Hermes, and foetid water.
    • 1618
    • Emblem 36. The stone that is Mercury, is cast upon the land, lifted into the mountains, resides in the air, and nourished in the waters.
    • 1618
    • 1652 (MDCLII)

    This 17th-century engraving is from Thomas Norton's The Ordinall of Alchimy and was made after a 15th-century illuminated manuscript (now preserved in the British Library). Norton, a practicing alchemist, depicts an…

    • 1652 (MDCLII)

    The engraved emblem on the lower half of this title page was made after a 15th-century illuminated manuscript (now preserved in the British Library) and depicts an eagle, snake, and toad against a solar and lunar…

    • 1652 (MDCLII)

    This 17th-century engraving is from Thomas Norton's The Ordinall of Alchimy and was made after a 15th-century illuminated manuscript (now preserved in the British Library). Norton, a practicing alchemist, depicts the…

    • Praeparatio Mercurii ad Lapidem per Regulu/am ♂ [Martis] ✱tum [Stellatum] et Lunam, ex MSS. Phi Americani
    • after 1670 – before 1678

    The manuscript—"On the Preparation of the [Sophick] Mercury for the [Philosophers'] stone by means of the stellate regulus of Mars [i.e. iron] and Luna [i.e. silver] from the Manuscripts of the American Philosopher"—was…

    • The Precious New Pearl
    • circa 1450 – 1480

    This is one of only six known complete manuscripts of a 14th-century alchemical treatise; all the extant manuscripts date from the 15th century or later. This copy includes lengthy contemporary glosses, possibly…

    • Atalanta Fleeing
    • 1618

    First published in 1617, Michael Maier's alchemical emblem book contains a preface on ancient music and the Greek myth of Atalanta and Hippomenes and consists of 50 engraved emblems, each accompanied by a discourse and…

    • The Great Art of Artillery
    • 1650

    Kazimierz Siemienowicz's treatise was used for over a century as a basic manual on artillery, rocketry, and pyrotechnics. It was originally published in Latin (1650) and was translated into French (1651), German (1676),…

    • 1650

    Fig. 197: Wooden frame of dragon set piece.
    Fig. 198: Disposition of pyrotechnics in the dragon frame.
    Fig. 199: Outward appearance of dragon set piece.