Chemical Secrets and ExperimentsPart 1
by Sir Kenelm Digby Kt. Chancellor to Her Majesty The Queen Mother. Translated by George Hartman, London, 1608. A Choice Collection of rare Chemical Secrets and Experiments in Philosohy. 211 pages. R.A.M.S. 1983. (CHEMSECRETS: .doc, .pdf, .jpg) E

Table of Contents

An Epitaph upon The Honoruable and Truly Noble Sir kenelm Digby, Kt., p.t6.
How to fix Silver into Gold by Mercury and Mercury Precipitate. p.1
My Process is Such. p.2
A Work with Gold and Mercury that Mansieur Dandre Helped to Work in Piedmont, in Great Quantity p.3
Some observations about the said Monsieur Dandre’s work. p.4
Monsieur Van Outer’s secret, Physician of Brussles, with Gold and Butter of Antimony. p.5
The Multiplication of the Powder. p.7
The Projection. p.8
A Considerable Work with Gold and Mercury. p.8
A Work copied out of the original of Monsieur De La Violette’s own hand, whereof he made great account. p.9
Synder’s Secret, as he gave it me himself the 22 of July, 1664. p.11
The following observations are from another learned man, with whom Sir kenelm did confer at his return from Bristol, concerning the said snyder’s work, who saith thus. p.12
A great secret of the said Mr. Snyder’s Powder. p13
Matthews His Work. p.13
To fix Silver into Gold. p.15
An observation about Volatilised silver. p.16
A Process from Monsieur Vignault, with Gold and Mercury, &c. p.17
Fixation of Silver, wrought by Father Bening De Baune, and by him communicated to me. p.18
Observations. p.20
A Water which changes Mercury as red as Blood, which a bedeth the Fire. p.21
Saunier’s Work, as i wrought it. p.22
The Danes Work. p.24
A Miniera of Gold, wrought by a person of Quality in Champagne. p.29
Fixation of Lead into Gold, with good profit. p.31
To fix Mercury of Antimony, or the common mercury. p.31
A Reality upon Silver. p.32
Fixation of the Mercury of Antimony, as Monsieur de La Noue wrought it at Paris. p.33
Preparation of the powder, with which Claudius De Montrougr,
and Abbot Oberye at Paris fixed Mercury of Antimony. p.33
A Process to fix the Common Mercury by the Salt of Lead;
wrought by Captain Ziegler at Ments, and sent me by him. p.35
An A.F. to be used in this Work. p.36
A work upon cinaber, wrought by Monsieur Sauvage. p.37
Tincture of Mars. p.40
To fix a quater part of Silver into Gold. p.41
A work with Butter of Antimony. p.42
An excellent fusible salt. p.42
Another fusible salt. p.42
An operation with a Martial regulus of Antimony, wrought by Monsieur Toysonnier. p.43
Butter of Antimony to extract the tincture of Gold. p.44
To fix Silver into Gold; given me by an intimate friend, who told me that he wrought it as followeth,
taking his hints out of Lully’s experiments. p.44
Mallus his process to fix Silver; wrought by Monsieur Ferrier, and given me by him, 1660. p.45
To fix Silover by a mercurial water. p.45
Monsieur Bertault’s tincture of Gold by Venus. p.46
To fix Silver into Gold. p.46
Another tincture of Silver. p.46
An operation with Gold and Mercury of Antimony; wrought by Monsieur Chambulan, and given me by him. p.47
Fermentation. p.49
Elixir of Antimony, Gold and Mercury. p.49
Elixir Ex Gold and Silver. p.49
Elixir Album. p.50
To extract mercury of Silver or Lead. p.52
To make a Minera of Mercury of antimony, Ad Infinitum. p.52
Another way to extract the Mercury of Antimony by an A.R. given me by Monsieur Carton. p.53
To extract the mercury of Antimony, or of Lead,
wrought several times by Monsieur Van Outre, Physician of Brussels. p.55
Butter of Antimony without sublimate, to extract Mercury of Antimony. p.55
To extract the Mercury of Antimony with this butter, proceed thus. p.56
Another way. p.56
To extract a Mercury out of Silver. p.56
Another way to extract the Mercury of Antimony. p.56
Mercury of all metals. p.57
A great secret, Mercury of Antimony, and other metals, Ad Infinitum. p.57
To prepare the Common Mercury, so that it will have all the qualities and properties of mmercury of Antimony,
and will be as powerful to volatilize Gold. p.59
Another excellent preparation and animation of mercury. p.59
Another way. p.59
Another. p.60
About a particular spirit of Nitre. p.60
An operation upon Lead; sent me by monsieur Voucaud. The Philosopher’s epilogue. p.62
Quintessence of Lead; The Universal Dissolvent. p.62
The Philosophical Aqua Regis. p.67
Composition. p.71
An operation upon Jupiter. p.74
Gold and Silver Ex Jupiter. p.74
A short and clear description of the Great Philosophick Stone. The First Operation. p.76
The Second Operation. p.77
The Third Operation. p.78
The Fourth Operation. p.78
The Fifth Operation. p.79
The Sixth Operation. p.79
The Seventh Operation. p.80
A note from one that wrought the stone. p.81
Lauremberg’s Observations upon Angelus Sala his synopsis of Aphorisms, 1624 in Quarto. p.81
Concerning May Dew. p.82
Flamel, Artefius, Pontanus, Zacaire, & C. their Arcanum. p.83
To prepare a ferment or sulphur of Gold. p.86
An operation that Monsieur de L’Oberye wrote from Monsieur John’s mouth. p.86
Venus into Silver; sent me by Monsieur De Beaulieu. p.87
The Multiplication. p.88
To fix the Sal Ammoniac for this work. p.89
To fix the Arsenick and Nitre. p.89
To fix the Sulphur for this work. p.90
Oul of Mercury. p.90
To prepare the Venus for this work. p.90
To prepare the salt of Tartar for this work. p.90
To prepare the Silver for this work. p.91
Transmutation of Mercury into a Regulus. p.91
Calx of Gold. p.91
A Pretty curiosity, to make metals vvegetate visibly. p.92
To engender cray-fishes. p.93
To make Oyl of Talc. p.94
An excellent cosmetick prepared out of Silver. p.95
Another way to make Oyl of Talc. p.95
To burn holes in Glass. p.96
An explanation of this figure. p.97
Directions how to Coppel in this furnace; and first, how to make a coppel. p.99