Article ID: CBB001550407

Auß Quecksilber und Schwefel Rein: Johann Mathesius (1504--65) and Sulfur-Mercurius in the Silver Mines of Joachimstal (2014)


Norris, John A. (Author)

Osiris: A Research Journal Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Volume: 29, no. 1
Issue: 1
Pages: 35-48

Publication Date: 2014
Edition Details: Title of volume: “Chemical Knowledge in the Early Modern World”
Language: English

The Sarepta, oder Bergpostill (1562) by Johann Mathesius is a book of sermons on mining and mineral subjects in which the composition and generation of metals in ore veins are discussed in terms of the sulfur-mercurius theory. Gur was an embodiment of mercurius or of sulfur and mercurius. Sulfur was evident in the sulfurous odor of the mines, in the supposed effects of subterranean heat, and in the deposition of mineral sulfur during the roasting of the ores. The toxic smoke given off during smelting was considered to be an additional manifestation of mercurius. Mathesius's sermons offer a glimpse of the ways miners' understanding of ores overlapped with alchemists' theories.

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Article Eddy, Matthew Daniel; Mauskopf, Seymour H.; Newman, William R. (2014) An Introduction to Chemical Knowledge in the Early Modern World. Osiris: A Research Journal Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences (pp. 1-15). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Guerrero, Saúl
Alfonso-Goldfarb, Ana Maria
Ferraz, Marcia Helena Mendes
Dym, Warren Alexander
Waisse, Silvia
Stagni, Reno
Circumscribere: International Journal for the History of Science
Bulletin for the History of Chemistry
Ambix: Journal of the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry
Environmental History
British Journal for the History of Science
Asian Medicine: Tradition and Modernity
Indiana University Press
University of California Press
Univerzita Palackého v Olomouci (Czech Republic)
Princeton University Press
Mines and mining
Mercury (element)
Spain, colonies
Boerhaave, Herman
Winterschmidt, Georg
Rudolf II, Holy Roman Emperor
Mathesius, Johann
Webster, John
Helmont, Jan Baptista van
Time Periods
16th century
17th century
18th century
19th century
Early modern
Czech Republic

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