In Pursuit of Gold: Alchemy Today in Theory and Practice, Lapidus

In Pursuit of Gold: Alchemy Today in Theory and Practice, Lapidus

" It is only in the past couple of years – a few decades after David Curwen’s death – that I felt free to divulge his identity as Lapidus. My impressions of David Curwen were that he was an earnest seeker who knew a lot more about physical alchemy than anyone else I had ever met. I feel certain that the original author still has a lot to offer searchers for the Stone and the Elixir today, and I am glad that the book will again see the light of day, although without anonymity this time. "

- Stephen Skinner, researcher, lecturer and publisher, and author of The Complete Magician’s Tables

" In Pursuit of Gold was published in 1976. Editions appeared on both sides of the Atlantic ... Many years later, when all editions had fallen out of print, it would be uploaded to the Internet and alchemy students throughout the world would read its contents as the definitive work on searching for the Philosopher’s Stone. They would not, however, have known anything at all about the author. "

- Tony Matthews, grandson of Lapidus

" ... the book has great worth ... the material in Lapidus’ book is most welcome ... the book does a valuable service to the student and even to the ‘expert’ ... the material described, since it is so rare, is welcome indeed ... it is my opinion that the book is valuable and I recommend reading it. "

- Hans Nintzel, Restoration of Alchemical Manuscripts Society (R.A.M.S.)

About the book:

Upon its publication in 1976, In Pursuit of Gold – written by the enigmatic Lapidus – was hailed as a rare work by one of the few practicing laboratory alchemists writing in English during the mid-to-late 20th century.

Primarily building upon three alchemical texts – namely The Sophic Fire by John Pontanus, The Secret Book of Artephius and Sir George Ripley’s long poem, Twelve Gates – and more than two dozen of Theodor de Bry’s masterful engraved emblems from Michael Maier’s 1618 Atalanta Fugiens, Lapidus proffers his own observations and practical conclusions drawn from decades of quiet alchemical work in his subterranean Melcombe Street laboratory.

Contemporary alchemists with an interest in the confection of the star regulus of antimony will assuredly gain from reading and re-reading In Pursuit of Gold.

Beyond simply confirming the true identity of Lapidus as David Curwen, this revised and expanded second edition includes a foreword from Stephen Skinner, responsible for the “additions and extractions” of the first edition, along with an introductory biographical essay on Lapidus – his life, family, alchemical work, and writings – by Tony Matthews, grandson of Lapidus.

This second edition of In Pursuit of Gold also features intimate personal and family photographs, facsimiles of correspondence between Lapidus and the great alchemical historians F. Sherwood Taylor and E.J. Holmyard, and original oil paintings by Lapidus. Presented as full colour plates, these photographs, items of correspondence and artworks appear here in print for the first time.

About the author:

Writing under the nom de plume of Lapidus, David Curwen (1893-1984) was one of the most mysterious personalities of modern alchemysticism, and one of the very few practicing laboratory alchemists residing in the United Kingdom during the latter half of the 20th century. In the decades since the publication of the first edition of In Pursuit of Gold in 1976, many have speculated regarding the true identity of Lapidus, and a few individuals have even laid claim to be the enigmatic adept. An intensely private man, very little information has been publicly available about Lapidus prior to the publication of this revised and expanded second edition of In Pursuit of Gold.

During the period 1944 to 1947 David Curwen engaged in a notable correspondence with the ageing Great Beast 666, Aleister Crowley. This dialogue is collected in Brother Curwen, Brother Crowley: A Correspondence (2010) published by The Teitan Press.


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