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Rafal T. Prinke
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 Posted: Wed Jun 29th, 2016 01:20 pm
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I wonder if anyone has seen the recent book published by Lulu:

Philalethe Reveal'd, by Captain NEMO and Fra' Cercone

I tend to hit on it often on Google Books and from what I can see there, the authors compiled a lot of factual information, but somehow I don't feel it is worth buying (especially as the price is so high). Is it just my impression?

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 Posted: Wed Jun 29th, 2016 03:28 pm
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There are two volumes with a third containing an index and bibliography. The first, having 766 pages costs UK Pounds 250 about $350. The second volume has 750 pages and costs UK Pounds 228 $300.

The compiler writes on his website:

Volume 1 (768 pages, with a rich array of images, including some little known ones) is dedicated to a critical analysis and the comparison of the first three editions of the Eireneus Philalethes Treatise ( Secrets Reveal'd English - 1669, Introitus apertus to Occlusum Regis Palatium in Latin - 1667, L'Entrée Ouverte au Palais Fermé du Roi in French - 1672) - to which is attached a Chapter on Natural Philosophy. The second Volume (750 pages, has a larger number of images, of different engravings.

You can see some pages from the books on Google books. There is some material on Sendivogius and Seton in Vol 2. You are mentioned in the footnotes.

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 Posted: Wed Jun 29th, 2016 03:40 pm
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There seem to be colour and B/W editions, the latter presumably considerably cheaper. I won't be buying either of them.

There seems to be a third volume containing the index and bibliography:

http://www.lulu.com/shop/captain-nemo-and-fra-cercone/philalethe-reveald-vol-3-bw/paperback/product-22538406.html

I believe the two authors both have strong academic backgrounds, and one is a retired university teacher.

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 Posted: Wed Jun 29th, 2016 03:52 pm
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Paul writes "I believe the two authors both have strong academic backgrounds, and one is a retired university teacher."

This is good to know. I have little confidence in people writing under the name Captain Nemo.

If the price drops a little I might take a chance and buy a copy.

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 Posted: Wed Jun 29th, 2016 04:32 pm
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Whilst researching Captain Nemo on Google I came across this interesting page about Winthrop's correspondent and fellow-alchemist Edward Howes:

http://www.churchside1.plus.com/Goldhanger-past/Howes.htm

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 Posted: Wed Jun 29th, 2016 10:20 pm
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Apparently both the Italian authors are practising alchemists with their own laboratories. It may be that anonymity was essential, especially for the university teacher.

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Rafal T. Prinke
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 Posted: Sat Jul 9th, 2016 04:38 pm
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Thank you, Adam and Paul, for additional information about that book. Still, I am somehow not convinced I should buy it (especially at that price). Although (from what I could see on GoogleBooks) they quote a wide range of sources, their treatment of them and arguments looks rather shellow to me... But maybe that is just because I saw only those fragments.

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 Posted: Sun Jul 10th, 2016 12:41 am
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Nevertheless, vol. 2, while questioning the traditional identification of George Starkey and Eirenaeus Philalethes and not showing the highest standards of scholarship, has more than five dozen references to Sendivogius in its introduction and appendices and quite a few others to one R. Prinke. If you could borrow a copy by interlibrary loan, you are bound to encounter some interesting theories.

Rafal T. Prinke
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 Posted: Sun Jul 10th, 2016 08:08 pm
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Hello, Tom! Thank you for this. Yes, I noticed the references on GoogleBooks. I will try to get it through interlibrary loan but it may not be easily available, I am afraid, as large libraries tend not to buy from such print-on-demand publishers like Lulu.

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 Posted: Sun Jul 10th, 2016 08:15 pm
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Good luck, Rafal! You are right about major libraries. I could not find these volumes on WorldCat.

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 Posted: Mon Jul 11th, 2016 02:09 am
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Perhaps the authors would send you a review copy? If you then posted a review on Academia this would be of interest to many.

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 Posted: Mon Jul 11th, 2016 02:23 am
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More likely the publisher. Their address is: 3101 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27607.

It would be hard to find Captain Nemo, last seen some leagues under the sea. I suppose he is the counterpart of a Philalethes, a lover of anonymity or forgetfulness (Lethes) as well as truth (Alethea). .

I think there are many of us who would like to see a good review.

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 Posted: Mon Jul 11th, 2016 06:27 am
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Tom Willard wrote:
More likely the publisher. Their address is: 3101 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27607.

It would be hard to find Captain Nemo, last seen some leagues under the sea. I suppose he is the counterpart of a Philalethes, a lover of anonymity or forgetfulness (Lethes) as well as truth (Alethea). .

I think there are many of us who would like to see a good review.


I don't think POD outfits send out review copies. You could contact the authors through their Facebook page (link upthread).

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 Posted: Thu Aug 4th, 2016 09:07 pm
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Paul Ferguson wrote: Tom Willard wrote:
More likely the publisher. Their address is: 3101 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27607.

It would be hard to find Captain Nemo, last seen some leagues under the sea. I suppose he is the counterpart of a Philalethes, a lover of anonymity or forgetfulness (Lethes) as well as truth (Alethea). .

I think there are many of us who would like to see a good review.


I don't think POD outfits send out review copies. You could contact the authors through their Facebook page (link upthread).

Yes, I've never heard of PoD doing review copies, it's basically a matter of printing copies when the author says they want one or if someone specifically purchases one online.  So the author is the best way to go. 


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