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Alan Pritchard
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 Posted: Sat Jan 10th, 2009 02:19 pm
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There is a reference on a Triad Publishing page to:

"An old treatise on the lead acetate work by Viollet-le-Duc, from his Mineral & Metallic Medicines - An 18th Century work of practical Alchemy which gives valuable keys on the preparate of metallic solvents"

Can anyone provide his forename and exact title of the work, please.

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 Posted: Sat Jan 10th, 2009 02:50 pm
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The only Viollet-le-Duc known to me is the famous architect and restorer of French mediaeval buildings Eugène Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc, but he was very much a 19th century figure with, I believe, no known involvement with alchemy:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugène_Viollet-le-Duc

His 'Dictionnaire raisonné de l'architecture française du XIe au XVe siècle' deals with various techniques involving metals and is available free on-line here:

http://fr.wikisource.org/wiki/Dictionnaire_raisonné_de_l'architecture_française_du_XIe_au_XVIe_siècle

Viollet-le-Duc was a close friend of the chemist Louis Pasteur.

There is also a tenuous link with Fulcanelli :X :

"D'après les indications de M. Eugène Canseliet (1899-1982), Fulcanelli a été un ancien élève de l'École Polytechnique qu'a défendu Paris pendant la guerre Franco-Prussienne (1870-1871) sous les ordres de M. l'architecte Viollet-le-Duc (1814-1879), lieutenant-colonel de la Légion du Génie auxiliaire de la Garde Nationale de la Seine, ce qui veut dire qu'il était un des 16 ingénieurs des Ponts et Chaussées (Corps P.C.) nés en 1839."

http://fulgrosse.blogs.sapo.pt/464.html?mode=reply

Will continue searching for an 18th century alchemical ancestor!!!

Paul

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 Posted: Sat Jan 10th, 2009 03:51 pm
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Thanks, Paul.

He was the only one I could find - hence the enquiry

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 Posted: Sat Jan 10th, 2009 04:41 pm
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Apparently Viollet-le-Duc's 'Dictionnaire' contains a lot about 'Demeures Philosophales'. This is the only connection I can find. Maybe it is a misunderstanding,

Paul

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 Posted: Sat Jan 10th, 2009 04:46 pm
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The article in question is here:

http://www.triad-publishing.com/stone13.html

Maybe Jean Dubuis can shed some light if he is still around,

Paul

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 Posted: Sun Jan 11th, 2009 12:11 pm
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Sadly, Jean Dubuis died some years ago. He was not always an entirely reliable source for such bibliographic information.

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 Posted: Mon Jan 12th, 2009 03:38 pm
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Thanks, Adam

Serendipity rules (I think). I've just come across this:

"Treatise on Metallic and Mineral Medicines" by Quercetanus (Joseph Du Chesne). A Collection of the Most Precious and Rare Secrets, Taken from the Manuscripts of the late Monsieur Joseph Du Chesne, Sieur de la Violette, Officer and Physician in Ordinary to the King. Paris, 1641.


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