J. Gabriel Drechslers Curiöser und lesenswürdiger Tractat von Goldmachen

J. G., Drechsler: Curiöser und lesenswürdiger Tractat von Goldmachen. (Frankfurt und Leipzig : Meltzer, 1751).

acquired in 2012

"Easier Said Than Done"

This short treatise by the theologian Johann Gabriel Drechsler († 1677) is the German translation of his Latin writings "De Metallorum Transmutatione" which appeared in 1673. The translation, though, did not see the light of day until 1702.

Citing numerous sources, Drechsler endeavors to refute the ideas of the alchemists, whom he decries as "unchristlich" [un-Christian] – for only God is able to effect such an essential transmutation of nature, and not man. At most, man will succeed in altering the surface of a metal with the help of chemistry and alchemy so that it looks more precious, but not its essence. Gold-colored silver is after all still only silver and not gold. Drechsler thus concludes that if this art of making gold were possible, the alchemists would have long been successful – it's easier said than done.

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