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TREATISE ON THE GREAT ART, A System of Phsyics According to Hermetic Philosophy and Theory and Practice of the Magisterium (New York, 1973)

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TREATISE ON THE GREAT ART, A System of Phsyics According to Hermetic Philosophy and Theory and Practice of the Magisterium (New York, 1973)

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TREATISE ON THE GREAT ART, A System of Phsyics According to Hermetic Philosophy and Theory and Practice of the Magisterium (New York, 1973)

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Pernety. Dom Anotoine-Joseph (edited by Edouard Blitz, M.D.) Treatise on The Great Art, A System of Phsyics According to Hermetic Philosophy and Theory and Practice of the Magisterium. New York: Samuel Weiser, 1973. 

Second Printing (first published in Boston in 1898). This is the first Weiser printing. Hardcover. Octavo. Red cloth with gilt titles to spine. 255 pages. Black and white alchemical engravings, plus a list of alchemical characters. Small bookstore stamp to front free end paper, otherwise a near fine copy in a very good to near fine dust jacket. 

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The Great Art deals with a system of physics according to Hermetic Philosophy and the Theory and Practice of the “Magisterium.” It was not without reason that Pernety was chosen to present this work. Of the over three thousand volumes composing the bibliography of Alchemy, those of Pernety are the only ones which present a short, concise and complete system of the “Magnum Opus.”

In the Addenda is a found the unparalleled “Dictionary of the Hermetic Symbols” from Albert Poisson’s “Theories et Symboles des Alchimistes.” The definitions are precise and readily understood. Following the Dictionary is a complete display of Alchemical Characters, which are plainly and accurately presented. 

The Table of Contents is rich with subjects which pursue the general principles of Physics according to Hermetic Philosophy from the First Matter through the differences of the Thre Kingdoms (Mineral, Vegetable and Animal) to the Harmony of the Universe. A treatise on the Hermetic work touching on the Philosophical Councels, the Key of Nature and Work, and Operative Principles of Calcination, Solution, Putrefaction and Fermentation. Among other things Pernety discusses the maladies of the metals and the virtue of medicines. 

Pernety defines Alchemy as “An operation of Nature, aided by art. It places in our hands the Key to Natural Magic or Physics, and renders us wonderful to men, by elevating us above the masses.”