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Rafal T. Prinke
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 Posted: Tue Feb 22nd, 2011 10:13 pm
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I have just noticed on Lawrence Principe's CV:
http://www.aihs-iahs.org/en/system/files/principe_lawrence.pdf
a new title listed as to be published this year:
The Secrets of Alchemy (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, forthcoming 2011)
There seems to be no "forthcoming" section on the UCP website, so I wonder if anyone knows the publication date?


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 Posted: Wed Feb 23rd, 2011 02:02 pm
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I don't, but I spotted this:

"Principe’s lectures on “The Secrets of Alchemy” will be published in 2009 by the OSU Press as the second volume in the Horning Visiting Scholars Publication Series."

http://oregonstate.edu/dept/ncs/newsarch/2008/Mar08/alchemy.html

I assume this is the same text.

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 Posted: Wed Feb 23rd, 2011 09:31 pm
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So is this the book that has information about the experiments replicating possible recipes of Ripleys?  Books are always easier for non-academics like myself to get hold of, and I've been wanting to read about them for ages. 

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 Posted: Wed Feb 23rd, 2011 09:58 pm
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Thanks Paul! It certainly wasn't published by OSU -- maybe for some reason the publisher was changed but it seems to be the same book.

Alexander -- from Paul's message/finding it seems it will be based on his lectures in Oregon and elsewhere (I also find Utrecht).

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 Posted: Thu Feb 24th, 2011 11:41 am
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Alexander Guthrie Stewart wrote:
So is this the book that has information about the experiments replicating possible recipes of Ripleys?  Books are always easier for non-academics like myself to get hold of, and I've been wanting to read about them for ages. 

There's a new Principe video on this theme but unfortunately it's behind the AAAS paywall:

http://membercentral.aaas.org/multimedia/videos/ancient-practice-alchemy-can-be-replicated-todays-lab

I used to have AAAS membership but let it lapse :o(

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 Posted: Thu Feb 24th, 2011 06:28 pm
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This from OSU Press:

"OSU Press did intend to publish this book as part of the Horning series; however, the author withdrew his manuscript. I don’t have any information about whether it has been or will be published elsewhere"

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 Posted: Thu Jun 9th, 2011 10:22 pm
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I have new information about the book, direct from Lawrence Principe:
The book is currently in the very last stages of revision, and will be published by the University of Chicago Press either late this year or early in 2012. The book covers the history of alchemy from Graeco-Egyptian Late Antiquity down to the start of the 20th century.

It sounds really exciting!

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 Posted: Fri Oct 14th, 2011 05:23 pm
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The book is currently in the very last stages of revision, and will be published by the University of Chicago Press either late this year or early in 2012.

 

 

It has been pushed back to 2012. See the last line of the biography section.

 

By the way, he was lecturing in Malibu last week on Zosime. I wonder if now that the book is in press, he will go 'on tour'.

 

http://www.getty.edu/museum/programs/lectures/alchemys_origins_lecture.html

 

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 Posted: Sun Oct 16th, 2011 11:28 pm
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Whoops, I should have mentioned that he said it would be out next year at the Cambridge conference.  I can't recall the month either, sorry. 

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 Posted: Mon Oct 17th, 2011 11:58 am
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Actually, he told me it should be out in the first quarter of the year -- if I remember correctly.
BTW: it was nice meeting you in the real world, Alexander, even if there was no time for a longer conversation!

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 Posted: Sun Apr 15th, 2012 06:47 pm
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There!

http://www.press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/S/bo12335123.html

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 Posted: Sun Apr 15th, 2012 08:25 pm
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Ah ha, finally.  I had a dig for it a few weeks ago, couldn't find it then. 

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 Posted: Mon Apr 16th, 2012 10:03 am
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It is on amazon.com  and amazon.co.uk  with a publication date of November 9, 2012.

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adammclean wrote:
It is on amazon.com  and amazon.co.uk  with a publication date of November 9, 2012.



"Lawrence M. Principe’s survey is not just reliable and engaging but an essential corrective to the many depictions that romanticize, misdirect, or muddy our view of what alchemy was about."

"The Secrets of Alchemy is an eminently lucid treatment of a tenebrous subject, at once learned and reader-friendly, and enormously winning."

Tantalising stuff!!!

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 Posted: Wed Oct 24th, 2012 03:23 pm
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I have just received a nessage from Amazon saying:

Your Amazon.com order of "The Secrets of Alchemy (Sy..." has shipped!"


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