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The influential 'Golden Chain of Homer', written or edited by Anton Josef Kirchweger, was first issued at Frankfurt and Leipzig in four German editions in 1723, 1728, 1738 and 1757. A Latin version was issued at Frankfurt in 1762, and further German editions followed.In the late eighteenth century Sigismund Bacstrom made a rather poor translation of the work into English. Part of this was published in the Theosophical Society Journal 'Lucifer' in 1891. A number of manuscript copies of this translation have survived. Although... More >>>
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The influential 'Golden Chain of Homer', written or edited by Anton Josef Kirchweger, was first issued at Frankfurt and Leipzig in four German editions in 1723, 1728, 1738 and 1757. A Latin version was issued at Frankfurt in 1762, and further German editions followed.

In the late eighteenth century Sigismund Bacstrom made a rather poor translation of the work into English. Part of this was published in the Theosophical Society Journal 'Lucifer' in 1891. A number of manuscript copies of this translation have survived. Although the translation is more a summary than an exact translation of the original, it is an important late work on alchemy, so I have decided to include this translation here, despite its imperfections. I am indebted to Jerry Bujas for making an initial transcription.

This is an excellent book of Alchemy. It goes into great detail on nature and its beginnings. Discusses the elements and minerals common in all living things. A very good book for those learning Alchemy. Please Note: This book is easy to read in true text, not scanned images that can sometimes be difficult to decipher.

About Author:

Anton Joseph Kirchweger belonged to Austria. He was a physician whose amazing knowledge is presented through his work. His writings are marked by precision and depth.

Anton Kirchweger (died 1746) was the editor or the author of the very influential book Aurea Catena Homeri (Golden Chain of Homer). The book was read by Pietists and later influenced the young Goethe. It was first edited in Leipzig in 1723, in German language, followed by other editions: 1723, 1728, 1738 and 1757 (Latin edition). Another Latin version was ibued at Frankfurt in 1762. Somewhere in the late eighteenth century Sigismund Bacstrom translated parts of the work into English. In 1891, part of the translation was published in the Theosophical Society Journal 'Lucifer'.

Anton Joseph Kirchweger Works:

- Aurea Catena Homeri. Das ist: Eine Beschreibung von dem Ursprung der Natur und naturlichen Dinge, wie und woraus sie gebohren und gezeuget, auch wie sie erhalten und wiederum in ihr uranfangliches Wesen zerstoret werden, auch was das Ding sey welches alles gebahret und wieder zerstoret, ganz simpliciter nach der Natur selbst eigner Anleitung und Ordnung mit seinen schonsten naturlichen rationibus und Ursachen uberall illustriret. Neue Auflage, welche nach einem accuraten und vollstandigen Manuscript fast auf allen Blattern verbebert, und an sehr vielen Orten um ein grobes auch nunmehro mit dem achten Dritten Theil vermehret ist, 1723.
- Microscopivm Basilii Valentini, sive commentariolvm et cribrellum uber den groben Kreuzapfel der Welt. Ein Euphoriston der ganzen Medicin, ex theoria et praxi Grauinii. Ein Compendium der ganzen chymischen Scienz und Physica Hermetica Concentrata; ein Werk, so noch nie gesehen worden, hochst nutzlich zur Praxi und der jetzigen Welt hochst nothig, 1781.