In the Introduction to his treatise, Drechsler writes that his age has been dominated by the search for gold. The reason was to gain esteem and attention of women, as the Latin poet Ovid had already noted: "Wer Geld hat, kann bald zu hohen Ehren kommen, und beim Frauenzimmer angenehm sein." [Someone who has money will soon achieve eminence and please womankind]. Drechsler describes the traditional way of extracting gold by seeking and digging "tief in der Erde verborgene[n] Metalle" [metals hidden deep in the earth] and decries the "unerhörte Art" [outrageous practice] of making gold, namely the transformation of base metal into gold as practiced by the alchemists. He denounces the alchemists as charlatans who deceive not only themselves with their promise of producing gold, but also all those who believe them. Never in history, says Drechsler, has anyone actually succeeded in transforming base metal into precious gold. But many have driven themselves and others into extreme poverty with this practice.