This is a list of 100 genuine alchemical texts that could be found by players on a bookshelf. The name of the book and the year it was published as well as additional details, such as the author, the original language and title and some notes on the book’s subject may also be included.
The books are ordered by year of publication, rather than by title. They cover different aspects of alchemy, from spiritual alchemy to physical alchemy, and some texts where the latter starts to morph into chemistry, as well as works on what could be considered herblore and medicine,. Many later publications are collections of earlier works. Some may have been quite short when first published.
To choose a book, either roll d100 for a random result or select suitable ones manually.
Some sample results are:
25. Rosarium philosophorum sive pretiosissimum donum Dei by Arnoldo Di Villanova (Originally Latin, with German captions to woodcuts, 1550, translated into English in the 18th century, The Rosary of the Philosophers, illustrated guide to making a Philosopher’s Stone)
26. De’ secreti del reuerendo donno Alessio Piemontese by Alessio Piemontese (1555, Italian, The Secrets of Alexis Piedmont, translated into Latin, German, English, Spanish, French and Polish,
a book of secrets containing technical and medicinal recipes as well as magical formulae)
27. De re metallica by Georgius Agricola (1556, Latin, On the Nature of Metals, important text on chemistry and mining)
Released: 25th June 2016 Pages: 7