The editor of Azogue.
History of Alchemy and related fields such
as hermeticism, rosicrucianism, paracelsism. (1st – 20th centuries)
Notices about alchemical texts of all Ages
produced in Spanish territories are welcomed, because I try to create a
research library on this topic. I am
mainly interested in manuscripts and old printed books.
Current research activities:
Origin of the pseudo-arnaldian alchemical corpus.
I am particularly interested in the life and works of Pierre-Arnauld de Villeneuve (Occitan: Pčire Arnaut de Vilanova), who wrote a large alchemical compendia entitled Rosarium philosophorum. This Rosarium is dated 1336 and It is entirely different to other alchemical treatises under the same title. The text can be considered a transitional work between the 13th century collections of alchemical recipes explaining how to manufacture particular “elixirs” (De anima in arte alchemiae, Epistola de re recta, Liber septuaginta, De aluminibus et salibus, De perfecto magisterio, Lumen luminum, etc.) and the 14th century texts devoted to a universal and unique elixir that could transmute base metals into gold (e.g. the main part of the pseudo-Lullian and pseudo-Arnaldian corpus).
I would like to prepare an edition that
could make available that hitherto unknown Rosarium, because it seems to
be a key text in the history of medieval science, particularly the
history of “Arnaldism”. In fact, the Rosarium composed by Pierre-Arnauld
is a crucially important source for understanding the origin of the
alchemical corpus falsely attributed to the medieval physician Arnold of
Spanish (native); English (fluent); French, Italian, German and Latin (fluent in reading and comprehension).
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