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Links 1 through 10 of 46 by Paul K tagged alchemy

Late 16th century manuscript in German, lavishly and colourfully illustrated throughout its ~600 pages. It runs the pyrotechnics gamut beginning with depictions of mining and mills and gunpowder production, moving on to the design and creation of elaborate fireworks devices for display and pageant and all different types of explosive devices and munitions, as well as some guns, cannons and various engineering and defensive plans. This is one very comprehensive Early Modern treatise on the (quite unusual to today's way of understanding) weird and wonderful world of fireworks spectacles hundreds of years ago.

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Small post featuring 17th century alchemy illustrations. The book is by Oswald Crollius or Kroll and the engravings depict alchemist portraits, obscure/weird symbolic references, as well as more understandable images like astrological signs, chemistry objects + armillary sphere and globe amalgams.

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Woodcut illustrations from early 18th c. These spacey emblems feature devils and allegorical juxtapositions of odd and ordinary objects like hands forming signs with swords or musical instruments or skeletons or animals etc etc. These are weird symbolic Baroque illustrations.

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Unique 1634 pseudo-encyclopaedia with waterwheels and hydraulic machines, art supply definitions and recipes, fireworks construction methods and folk remedies. This famous John Bate book includes a swag of intriguing woodcut illustrations.

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Multi: skating owls; imaginary animals; manuscript whale; parrot sketches; falcon trainer flute player; mushroom lithographs; allegorical Noah's Ark + map scene; Caspian Sea map; Alps panorama map; lithograph scenes from Egypt; stag/flowers/ruins sketches from friends album; HC Andersen papercut; French satirical cartoon; fusilier / musket drill book; chess book drawings; Chinese folklore stone rubbing; fantasy architecture; Evelyn Waugh bookcover; Dutch Art Nouveau manual cover; fantasy zodiac and more plus many links.

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Multi: handful of alchemy/esoteric symbol engravings; needlepoint Scottish map; circumpolar star maps; 1930s kids book illustrations; 18th cent. wind turbine; elaborate UK fountain watercolour; highlander soldier drawing; exquisite floral and fruit drawings on parchment; eccentric woodcut Book of Hours; mining frontispiece; fossil/geological drawings; Dutch East India Co. in China; silhouette portrait; first koala drawing ever published; Mexican civil war sketch map; ornate bookcover from first book with photographs; Gustave Doré caricature.

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There is a single image in the post -- a spliced version of Beinecke library at Yale's version of the famous alchemy manuscript (said to be by) George Ripley. The scroll features a lot of esoteric symbols such as dragons and pelicans and the usual boiling flasks on fire etc. The complexity of the allegorical motifs means that the the work's meaning has not been fully explicated as yet.

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Covering 3 centuries, the many illustrations in this post depict alchemy labs in various forms. The image range from the technically detailed and serious to emblematic and allegorical to satirical and absurd and were sourced from a number of repositories (but mostly SCETI at Penn U. and the British Museum)

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Multi: allegorical apothecary; absurdist 'topsy-turvy world' woodcuts; german medieval devils and porn(!); beatrix potter original sketch; caricature map of Europe; baroque ornamental calligraphy; flag bearer coat of arms book.

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Multi: Mexican grotesque masks; hand-painted fish; floral typography/flowers; 5-headed monster; Polish art nouveau; Buddhist kundalini watercolour; Seba squid; sylised baboon; French chromolithograph prints 19th cent.; diorama; modernised alchemy and more

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