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Gehennical Fire

The Lives of George Starkey, an American Alchemist in the Scientific Revolution

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$100.00 • £80.95 • €90.00

ISBN 9780674341715

Publication Date: 12/08/1994


320 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

14 halftones


  • List of Illustrations*
  • Acknowledgments
  • A Note on Terminology
  • Introduction
  • 1. Starkey in America
  • 2. Arcana Maiora: The Hartlib Years (1650–1654)
  • 3. The Background to Starkey’s Chymistry
  • 4. Revelation and Concealment: The Writings of Philalethes
  • 5. A Sonne of Contention: 1655–1665
  • 6. Philalethes in Context
  • 7. Isaac Newton and Eirenaeus Philalethes
  • Appendix I. Starkey’s Addresses in England, 1650–1665
  • Appendix II. An Autobiographical Note by George Starkey
  • Appendix III. Missing Starkey Manuscripts
  • Appendix IV. Robert Boyle’s “Excuses of Philaletha”
  • Appendix V. A Bibliography of Starkey’s Writings
  • Abbreviations
  • Notes
  • Index
  • * Illustrations
    • 1. Frontispiece of Ripley Reviv’d
    • 2. The star regulus of antimony
    • 3. (A–G) Illustrations from the Opera omnia of Philalethes
    • 4. Frontispiece of Pyrotechnia ofte Vuur-stuck-Kunde
    • 5. The tomb of Lionel Lockyer
    • 6. An advertisement for Lockyer’s Pill
    • 7. Excerpt from Newton’s 1678/9 letter to Boyle
    • 8. Frontispiece of Nathan Lacy’s De podagra

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