Lake Worth, FL: Ibis Press, 2009. Paperback, x+178 pages. New.
Interest in Alchemy has given rise to many treatments of its principles – in both scholarly and esoteric literature – and whilst there has been a great deal written about its psychological component, there have been few works dealing with the physical practice of Alchemy. Robert Allen Bartlett’s Real Alchemy: A Primer of Practical Alchemy thus fills a real gap, as the author sets out, clearly and concisely, the practices of Laboratory Alchemy. Beginning with a brief history of Alchemy, the author shows its relationship to Astrology and Qabalah, and gives foundational instructions in the production of plant products and many other aspects of the alchemical arts. A must for any serious students of Alchemy, it deserves a place on the bookshelf of anyone with an interest in Hermetic philosophy and the Western Esoteric Tradition.