PRAXIS SPAGYRICA PHILOSOPHICA - FRATER ALBERTUS - Ltd Ed of 500, 1966 ALCHEMY
PRAXIS SPAGYRICA PHILOSOPHICA or PLAIN AND HONEST DIRECTIONS ON HOW TO MAKE THE STONE — by Frater Albertus (Dr. Albert Richard Reidel) — Limited Edition of 500 Copies, 1966 — ALCHEMY ALCHEMICAL HERMETIC ROSICRUCIAN
Publisher: Paracelsus Research Society, Salt Lake City (1966)
In near mint condition; the pages are crisp and clean with no interior markings. Illustrated; 96 pages. Dark blue boards with silver writing on front and on spine. A scarce limited edition from 1966 of the alchemical work by Frater Albertus. Frater Albertus is considered the most famous practical alchemist and instructor of alchemy in this century. Learning his trade in the old Rosicrucian Order (AMORC) alchemy classes of the 1940's, Albertus established a school for the practical instruction of alchemy that ran from 1960 until slightly after his death in 1984. In "Praxis Spagyrica Philosophica" Albertus goes beyond his previous work, "The Alchemists Handbook" and through the commentary begins to show the reader how to turn old and somewhat confusing alchemical manuscripts into useful pieces of laboratory instruction. Anyone interested in practical alchemy must read Albertus. Please see below for a brief biography of the author.
Frater Albertus (Dr. Albert Richard Reidel) Biography
Frater Albertus Spagyricus (Dr. Albert Richard Riedel) born May 5 (1911–1984); founder of the Paracelsus Research Society in Salt Lake City, which later evolved into the Paracelsus College. Based on the Paracelsian concept of three essentials, Body, Soul and Spirit, Frater Albertus developed a system of teaching alchemical concepts using the spagyric technique of separation and cohobation. The unique graduated courses allowed students to explore aspects of the vegetable, mineral and animal kingdoms in an understandable and accessible way. After his death in 1984, the college ceased operations in the United States but continued to carry on the tradition in Australia. Frater Albertus had a profound effect on the way Alchemy and particularly the Spagyric method was disseminated and understood in the mid to late 20th century. His works were translated into many languages. He was a Rosicrucian (an AMORC member).