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The Book Of Quinte Essence Or The Fifth Being (1889) Edited from British Museum MS. Sloane 73 about 1460-70 A.D.   By:

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The Book of Quintessence is a fascinating glimpse into the alchemical practices of the Middle Ages. Edited from a British Museum manuscript dating back to the 15th century, this book offers insights into the mysterious world of alchemy and the search for the elusive fifth element, the quintessence.

The text is attributed to Hermes Trismegistus, a legendary figure in the world of alchemy, though the authorship is somewhat dubious. Nonetheless, the wisdom contained within these pages is both enlightening and thought-provoking.

Readers will be captivated by the intricate descriptions of alchemical processes, the symbolic language used to describe them, and the philosophical musings on the nature of the universe. The practical instructions on how to create the quintessence, along with the metaphysical implications of its discovery, make for a compelling read.

Overall, The Book of Quintessence is a valuable resource for anyone interested in the history of alchemy and the esoteric knowledge of the past. It sheds light on the beliefs and practices of a bygone era, and offers a glimpse into a world where science, magic, and philosophy were intertwined.

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The Book of Quinte Essence

or The Fifth Being;

That is to say, Man’s Heaven.

A tretice in englisch breuely drawe out of þe book of quintis e{ess}encijs in latyn, þ{a}t hermys þe p{ro}phete and kyng of Egipt, aft{er} þe flood of Noe fadir of philosophris, hadde by reuelaciou{n} of an aungil of god to him sende... Continue reading book >>

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