“Scholars Land Alchemy Cache” in Chemical and Engineering News
January 13, 2014 - Philadelphia, PA
Excerpted from an article by Sarah Everts
In the dim illumination of a library devoted to protecting ancient books from light degradation, James R. Voelkel gingerly picks up a nearly 600-year-old alchemy text. Written by hand sometime around 1438, the thick tome is bound by a leather and wooden cover that is studded with metal nails in the shape of a hexagonal star lying within a circular disk. Inside, worms have eaten through small sections of the text, which features more than 500 alchemical recipes. Read more.