Table of Contents
Auro (on gold)" Pico della Mirandola, fr.
Translator: Patricia Tahil.
Books I, II & III.
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Table of Contents:
Chapter 1. Gold not known in the earliest times; its discovery
and esteem universal agreement, so that it is the yardstick for
other things. p.3
Chapter 2. Gold not highly esteemed because of its natural usefulness.
Chapter 3. Gold's extraordinary reputation is not medicinal. p.5
Chapter 4. Potable Gold does not explain the great nobleness of
the Metal. p.9
Chapter 5. The Purity and permanence of Gold are not the reason
men rate it so highly. p.11
Chapter 6. Its Brightness is not the Reason why Gold exceeds all
else in Value. Whether because it Delights the Eyes, or because
it does not wear away nor rub off. p.12
Chapter 7. The Extraordinary Nobility of Gold does not stem from
Sacred Literature. p.13
Chapter 8. The Nobility of Gold does not stem from the Favour
shown those who wear it. p.14
Second Book on Gold.
Chapter 1. What Gold & Silver are, and of the Name of the
Art by which is Made. p.16
Chapter 2. The Origins and Progress of the Art. p.17
Chapter 3. Concerning the Art itself, is it lawful or Not? What
the Founders, Commentators, and Interpreters of the Laws and Canons,
the Theologians, and the Writers of Common Compendia have Said.
Chapter 4. Proper Opinions on the Art of Making Gold depend on
Natural Philosophy. p.25
Chapter 6. Thomas Aquinas' Opinions on the Making of Gold made
Chapter 7. Artifical Gold may be more perfect than Native Gold.
Chapter 8. Five Methods of Making Gold Artifically, by which as
in many other things, Art outdoes Nature berift of Art. p.38
Chapter 9. It is Unnecessary for those Skilled in the Art of Making
Gold to have a Deep and Profound Knowledge of the Finer Points
of Philosophy. p.43
Chapter 10. Gold can be made more easily in our Century than in
previous ones, and I have assembled many arguments against those
who slander the Art and against even Famous Writers who have a
Dissenting Opinion concerning Cinnabar, Mercury and many other
Upon Gold. Book Three.
Chapter 1. Ancient experiments in making Gold by the Chemical
Chapter 2. Experiments in Gold-making in our Day, wherein lie
many feats of Chemistry. p.60
Chapter 3. A Warning to them who wildly Slander those Skilled
in the Art of Making Gold, who deserve the Title of Philosopher
more than any other Investigators of Nature. p.64
Chapter 4. If a Man may Properly be called Rich because of External
Matters, those Skilled in the Art of Making Gold deserve the Same
Chapter 5. Artificial Gold is not False (which it would probably
not be Lawful to Sell), but Genuine and is not worse in Qulaity
than Native Mined Gold, but often better. p.69
Chapter 6. Several pieces of Advice for those who Eagerly Strive
to Make Gold by the Chemical Art, and an answer to the common
Question why those who occupy themselves with the Art of Making
Gold are Poor. p.73