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Alchemical MercuryA Theory of Ambivalence$
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Karen Pinkus

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804760324

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804760324.001.0001

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Chemical Nuptials

Chemical Nuptials

(p.66) § 2 Chemical Nuptials
Alchemical Mercury
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This chapter draws upon a number of alchemical texts to explore the concept of the chemical wedding. As a trope, the chemical marriage has been read into one lineage of onieric, or what some authors term steganographic, texts, from the Romance of the Rose through The Hypnerotomachia Poliphili of 1499; and in turn, through the French Renaissance “alchemical” readers Jacques Gohory (in his Commentaire du Livre de la Fontaine Périlleuse of 1572) and former goldsmith/engraver Béroalde de Verville (in his “transcription” of Colonna's text, the Tableau des riches inventions [1600], as well as in his Voyage des princes fortuneés [1610]).

Keywords:   alchemy, chemical wedding, alchemical texts, trope

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