Journal of the Alchemical Society
Format: 148mm x 210mm h/b
Extent: 533 pages
Artwork: b/w illustrations
The Alchemical Society provided a forum for a wide spectrum of people – scientists, historians, occultists and mystics, who shared a common interest in the subject – to meet and discuss various aspects of alchemy.
Along with the papers delivered at the society’s meetings and their subsequent discussions, the Journal of the Alchemical Society contains all of the material contained within the original Journal. This includes book and periodical reviews, reports of each meeting, the ‘Constitution and Rules’ of the society, lists of officers, and the original index.
This information is supplemented by new supporting material. Consisting of an historical introduction, brief biographies of all of the contributors, a bibliography of relevant publications, a brief list of recommended further reading, and a general index.
A number of illustrations have also been added to the occasional diagrams of the original text, including portraits, facsimiles and views of the society’s two meeting places.
In addition, there is a Foreword by Professor Mark Morrisson, who deserves praise as the first historian of science to make real use of The Journal of the Alchemical Society, in the preparation of his book Modern Alchemy: Occultism and the Emergence of Atomic Theory (2007). Others will now more easily be able to follow in his footsteps.