San Francisco: Weiser Books, 2006. Paperback, 127 pages. New.
In The Weiser Concise Guide to Alchemy, author Brian Cotnoir distills over thirty years of research and practice into this clear and concise introduction to the art and practice of alchemy. He reveals the secrets of this ancient science from its roots in ancient Egypt, through the Medieval and Renaissance periods, to the present day, illuminating the twin aspects of alchemy—the spiritual and the physical—in a manner which removes the veil from this often-misunderstood practice. Cotnoir explains the equipment required to create an alchemical laboratory, and explores the practical aspects of alchemy such as distillation, the purification of salts, the obtaining of tinctures from herbs, and the attainment of salts and oils of metals from stones and minerals. Lucidly written and illustrated throughout, The Weiser Concise Guide to Alchemy is an indispensable introduction for anyone seeking to take their first steps towards the Great Work.