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While the true identity of that most enigmatic of Hermetic Adepts, Fulcanelli, continues to be debated, what cannot be contested is the indelible legacy of the Master Alchemist. The books attributed to Fulcanelli – Le Mystère des Cathédrales (The Mystery of the Cathedrals, first published 1926) and Les Demeures Philosophales (Dwellings of the Philosophers, first published 1929) – are perhaps the two most important alchemical texts of the past century. Although it is widely acknowledged that Fulcanelli’s texts “represent the unquestionable testimony of an illuminated Adept”, few who have entered his alchemical labyrinth of phonetic cabala, secret language (argot and cant), Latin and Greek puns, double entendres, and cryptic symbolism have emerged to enjoy the sunlight of understanding.

Fulcanelli’s identity has been suggested diversely: Jean-Julien Champagne (1877-1932), R. A. Schwaller de Lubicz (1887-1961) and Eugène Canseliet (1899-1982)

Fulcanelli’s identity has been suggested diversely: Jean-Julien Champagne (1877-1932), R. A. Schwaller de Lubicz (1887-1961) and Eugène Canseliet (1899-1982)

For five years between 2007 and 2012, four courageous souls – Juan D. Bermejo, Manlio Padovano, José Antonio Puche Riart, and Francisco Clemente Parra – plunged headlong into the complex branching maze of the Great Work, navigating their course through “the baffling and intricate passages, from room to room and from court to court” with the awesome insights of Fulcanelli as their map and compass.

Documenting their alchemical journey via 180 full colour photographs and more than 50 additional illustrations – from the preparation of Saturnia and the canonical salts, the collection of dew and confection of the Styx; to obtaining the Martial regulus of antimony, treating the caput mortuum and obtaining the golden salt and Adamic earth, and purifying the regulus; to unleashing the Green and Red Lions, animating Mercury, flying the Eagles, and forming the Island of Delos; to the cooking of the Philosophical Egg and the ultimate ‘Crowning’ of the Work – The Dry Path of Alchemy: Practical Development of the Work is a book that no serious student of alchemy can afford to be without. If Fulcanelli’s complex and often abstruse masterpieces are capably described as “mind shattering in their revelations” and “texts of incomparable value”, this text – both erudite and magnificently practical – is possibly beyond compare.

The Dry Path of Alchemy: Practical Development of the Work consist of ten chapters plus two appendices, all profusely illustrated and free of incomprehensible jargon, and accompanied by detailed chemical analysis of the products of the Work.

The Styx, Adamic Earth and regulus covered by the Green Lion (photographs copyright © Juan D. Bermejo, Manlio Padovano, José Antonio Puche Riart, and Francisco Clemente Parra)

The Styx, Adamic Earth and regulus covered by the Green Lion (photographs copyright © Juan D. Bermejo, Manlio Padovano, José Antonio Puche Riart, and Francisco Clemente Parra)

The Dry Path of Alchemy is available in Red Lion and Green Lion bindings. The Red Lion is strictly limited to 33 copies numbered by hand; is fully bound in red leather with gilt title and device, and silk bookmark ribbon, and is slipcased. Each of the 33 Red Lions includes a free and exclusive hand numbered print of the Allegory of the Dry Path. The Green Lion is strictly limited to 167 copies numbered by hand; is fully bound in green leather with gilt title and device, and silk bookmark ribbon.

Although The Dry Path of Alchemy was originally scheduled for publication at the time of the Northern Summer Solstice 2012, the date of availability has been necessarily revised to later in 2012 – most likely during September or early October.

Those genuinely committed to the Great Work and seeking a copy of The Dry Path of Alchemy are welcome to contact Salamander and Sons for details of the private link from which the book can be purchased.

The publication of The Dry Path of Alchemy is a major moment in contemporary alchemical publishing.

As this ground-breaking tome is finalised for publication, read The Fire Lizard for updates regarding, and excerpts from, The Dry Path of Alchemy.

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