Sources of Alchemy and Chemistry: Sir Robert Mond Studies in the History of Early Chemistry

Sources of Alchemy and Chemistry

The Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry (SHAC) was founded in November 1935 when a Committee (later Council) was formed and advertised widely in the national press during the following month. Although the society apparently held no open meeting until one at University College London in November 1936, papers were solicited and accepted for delivery at the inaugural meeting and the launch of the journal Ambix in 1937.

This series provides critical editions and English translations of some of the foundational texts in the history of alchemy and early chemistry. The series is named in honour of the Society’s first and only President, Sir Robert Mond (1867–1938). The publication of this series has been made possible by the extremely generous support of Robert Temple, and will be made available free of charge to all SHAC members.

The series is under the general editorship of Professor Lawrence M. Principe (Johns Hopkins University) and Dr Jennifer M. Rampling (Princeton, USA). The international editorial board is comprised of Professor Charles Burnett (Warburg Institute), Dr Michèle Mertens (Université de Liège) and Professor Cristina Viano (CNRS, Paris). In their general introduction, editors Principe and Rampling expressed their hope that ‘the new series will in fact bring more serious attention to bear upon textual scholarship, while also providing opportunity, support, and encouragement for the talented scholars who devote themselves to such crucially important labours’.

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