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By Mary Anne Atwood

Mary Anne wrote A Suggestive Inquiry into the airtight secret. . . at her father’s request, and in parallel together with his personal composition of a long poem at the similar topic. Thomas South (her father) paid for the e-book to be released anonymously in 1850, yet with no need learn it, trusting his daughter’s judgement. examining it after ebook, he believed Mary Anne had printed many airtight secrets and techniques that have been larger left unpublished, and for that reason got up the rest inventory and, together with his daughter, burnt them, besides the incomplete manuscript of his poem. just a couple of copies of the ebook survived. Ms Atwood released not anything after A Suggestive Inquiry. . . .

Walter Leslie Wilmshurst, in his 1918 creation to the reissue, laments that the options of her later years didn't locate fruition in one other paintings. He claims, even though, that there's a lot to be present in her papers, of which he was once then in possession.

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19) During the sojourn of Democritus at Memphis, he is said to have become associated in his studies with a Hebrew woman named Maria, remarkable at that period for the advances she had made in Philosophy, and particularly in the department of the Hermetic Art. A treatise entitled Sapientisima Maria de Lapide Philosophica Praescripta is extant; also Maria Practica, a singularly excellent and esteemed fragment, which is preserved in the alchemical collections (20). But amongst the Greeks, next Democritus, Anaxagorus is celebrated as an alchemist.

A hard task were it indeed and almost infinite to discuss every particular that has been presented by individuals concerning the art of Alchemy; and as difficult to fix with certainty the origin of a science which has been successively attributed to Adam, Noah and his son Cham, to Solomon, Zoroaster, and the Egyptian Hermes. Nor, fortunately, does this obscurity concern us much in an inquiry which rather relates to the means and principles of occult science than to the period and place of their reputed discovery.

Abite hinc vestro cum Mercurio petasato caduceatoque! Maximus maximo donum Plutoni hos sacrum facili. Plunderers, with prying eyes, Away! What mean you by this curious stay? Hence with your cunning patron god, With bonnet winged and magic rod! Sacred alone to Pluto's name This mighty art of endless fame! , which is a spirit of the nature of the ether and quintessence of things; whence potable gold, and the stone of philosophers, takes its beginning: The ancient author of the Apocalypse of the Secret Spirit of Nature is also cited by H.

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