‘The Ordinall of Alchimy’ Robert Vaughan
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‘The Ordinall of Alchimy’
Four men look down from a balcony on four alchemists, or alchemists’ assistants, who are grinding and heating metals. Speech scrolls identify the observers as ‘Geberus’, ‘Arnoldus’ ‘Rafis’ and ‘Hermes’; the latter’s crown possibly identifying him as Hermes, God of trade and merchants. A thick border of flowers, insects, a dog and a rat line the print. Border inscription: ‘Ro: Vaughan Sculp:’ Figure 2 from Elias Ashmole’s Theatrum chemicum Britannicum: containing severall poeticall pieces of our famous English philospohers…, a compilation of alchemical literature selected and annotated by the author. This figure illustrates Thomas Norton’s poem ‘The Ordinall of Alchimy’, a poetic guide to the precise processes of alchemy, first published in 1477.
- Image reference: RS-14197
- ©The Royal Society
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