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from: De alchemia dialogi II, Nürnberg: Johann Petreius, 1548
The typographer addresses the reader, explaining the publication of complex alchemical works by Geber and Raymond Lull in previous years. These texts, appearing straightforward at first, hold deeper meanings that may elude even the educated. To prevent misunderstandings and guide enthusiasts through the intricate subject of alchemy, the typographer shares dialogues meant to serve as a navigational aid through this metaphorical labyrinth. The author of these dialogues, with diligent study and practical experimentation, has not fully unraveled all mysteries but has significantly aided in interpreting and applying the symbolic language of these texts. This effort is intended to enlighten scholars and caution less knowledgeable individuals against delving into an art they may not fully grasp, potentially leading to their detriment.



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