- ISBN 9780500810552
- 21.00 x 15.00 cm
- Paperback with flaps
- 193 Illustrations, 35 in colour
- First published 2013
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The goals of alchemy have fascinated humanity for centuries
Much more than the art of turning base metals into gold, alchemy is a system of cosmic symbolism, a grand allegory for spiritual fulfilment and a mystic guide to achieving oneness with the world. Here is an introduction to the complex imagery and cyclic processes of both the alchemist’s art and alchemical artwork, in which gold is an emblem of its crowning glory, the elixir of life a stepping-stone to greater wonders.
Stanislas Klossowski de Rola, son of the artist Balthus and a lifelong student of alchemy, is also the author of The Golden Game: Alchemical Engravings of the Seventeenth Century.
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