05 Nov 2018

Not Cheap, But Awfully Cool

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At Christie’s, and on-line auction November 8:

In Isaac Newton’s own hand:

In Latin, four full pages and three partial pages of text, on three bifolia, 203 x 155mm, the text on one page partially written in inverse orientation.

Notes on the Turba Philosophorum, one of the most influential of all alchemical texts, a Latin translation of an Arabic anthology of pre-medieval alchemical texts, whose origins may be seen in an attempt to apply Greek alchemy to Islamic science.

Estimate: GBP 80,000 ($100,800) – GBP 100,000 ($130,000).

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Lee

Brian Mays kind of looks like him. Or maybe if Brian Mays and Freddy Mercury had had a kid.



Dick the Butcher

Isaac Newton invented Calculus and the gold standard – in response the World’s first financial crisis created by the newly spawned Bank of England. .

Re: alchemy and gold. Progressives were successful where alchemists failed. They turned magic paper and mystical ink into “money” and confiscated (FDR 1933 executive order) all the gold/real money.



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