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 , as well as in his Voyage des princes fortuneés ).
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