See also:Paris, was
See also:born in Paris or
See also:Pontoise about 1330, and died in Paris in 1418, bequeathing the bulk of his
See also:property to the
See also:church of
See also:Saint-Jacques-la-Boucherie, 1 where he was buried . During his
See also:life he contributed freely to charitable and religious purposes from the considerable
See also:wealth he amassed either by the practice of his craft, or, as some surmise without definite
See also:proof, by fortunate
See also:speculation or
See also:money lending, or, as
See also:legend has it, by
See also:alchemy . According to a document purporting to be written by himself in 1413 (printed in
See also:Waite's Lives of the Alchemystical Philosophers,
See also:London, 1888), there fell into his hands in 1357, at the cost of two florins, a
See also:book on alchemy by Abraham the
See also:Jew, which taught in plain words the transmutation of metals . It did not, however, explain the materia prima, but merely figured or depicted it, and for more than 20 years Flamel strove in vain to find out the secret . Then, returning from a
See also:journey to Spain, he fell in with a Christian Jew, named Canches, who gave him the explanation, and after three more years'
See also:work he succeeded in preparing the materia prima, thus being enabled in 1382 to transmute mercury into both
See also:silver and gold . But this fantastic
See also:story was disposed of by the facts, derived from
See also:parish records, set forth in Vilain's Essai sue l'histoire de Saint-Jacques-la-Boucherie, 1758, and his Histoire critique de Nicolas Flamel et de Pernelle sa femme, recueillie d'actes anciens qui justifient l'origine et la mediocrite de
See also:fortune contre
See also:les imputations
See also:des alchimistes, 1761 . A book on alchemy in the Paris'Bibliotheque, Le Tresor de philosophie, professing to be written and illuminated by Flamel with his own
See also:hand, is ui very doubtful authenticity, and other
See also:treatises bearing his name, such as the Sommaire philosophique de Nicolas Flamel, published in 1561 in a collection of alchemist treatises entitled Trans-formation metallique, are certainly
See also:spurious .
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