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adammclean
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 Posted: Tue Jun 24th, 2008 10:25 am
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I have just read an article by Didier Kahn and become interested in Beroalde de Verville's alchemical novel Voyage des princes fortunez (1610), however, I do not seem to be able to locate a copy either on the Internet or in a library close to me.

Has anyone made a study of this work ?

Many years ago I tried to read the English translation by Arthus Machen of Beroalde's  Le Moyen de parvenir, but could not make much of it at that time. I tried to buy a copy but it is a rather expensive secondhand book. 

I have a copy of   Michael Giordano's Reverse transmutations: Beroalde de Verville's parody of Paracelsus in Le Moyen de parvenir: an alchemical language of skepticism in the French Baroque, from the Renaissance Quarterly 2003, which is quite a dense and detailed study, but nothing on Voyage des princes fortunez.

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 Posted: Wed Jun 25th, 2008 04:40 am
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Well, first of all, there is the first gathering of plates in Stanislas Klossowski de Rola's book The Golden Game (pages 25-28). Plate 2 is the title page from Le voyage des princes fortunz: Oeuvre steganographique. Commentary on the plate includes one paragraph on the 800-page novel and another on the frontispiece.

Could you please post a citation for M. Kahn's article?

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 Posted: Wed Jun 25th, 2008 04:42 am
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Oops! I sent the same post a second time. How do I delete a posting?

I might mention that the other plate reproduces the title page from Beroalde's adaptation of the Hypnerotomachi Poliphili, which tries to place the dream in an alchemical context.

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 Posted: Wed Jun 25th, 2008 11:20 am
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Tom Willard wrote:
Could you please post a citation for M. Kahn's article?

This was Didier Kahn's Chapter  'King Henry IV, Alchemy, and Paracelsianism in France (1589-1610) ' in Chymists and Chymistry: Studies in the History of Alchemy and Early Modern Chemistry, Chemical Heritage Foundation, 2007

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 Posted: Wed Jun 25th, 2008 05:01 pm
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adammclean wrote:
I have just read an article by Didier Kahn and become interested in Beroalde de Verville's alchemical novel Voyage des princes fortunez (1610), however, I do not seem to be able to locate a copy either on the Internet or in a library close to me.

Hi Adam,

The text seems to be here:

http://www.bvh.univ-tours.fr/Epistemon/cornucopie/Cornuc.asp

Ilana Zinguer has published a study in "Le roman steganamorphique: Le voyage des princes fortunez de Beroalde de Verville" (Paris: Champion, 1993),

Paul


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