this book is an excellent investment both beginners and the well studied in alchemy. it is full of historical pictures (100's of them)and paintings relating to alchemy and conveys just how important alchemy's dicovery was and is. there is a lot of ancient lore associted with sorcery and witchcraft so if you are into the sheer chemical compositions of physical alchemy, this may not be the choice for you. however, for those interested in great and rare artwork depicting alchemical scenes, unusual information on witchcraft (including death spells and love philtres) and history associated with alchemy, this is the book for you. i have yet to come across a better book of alchemical history. a must have for any alchemist, historian, or witch.
*** i do not condone nor promote the usuage of any of the information in this book relating to "death spells" or any other harmful magick.
Givry gives an excellent overview of certain areas of occult study and a unique perspective since he substantiates much of his observation with data gleaned from art images of the time periods involved. Quaint and entertaining, and the narrative is delivered with a sort of good-natured offhand manner that makes it quite enjoyable to read.
Many fascinating bits of information and illustrations make this an all-time favourite of mine.