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Fasciculus Chemicus or Chymical Collections. Expressing the Ingress, Progress, and Egress, of the Secret Hermetick Science our of the choicest and most famous authors is an anthology of alchemical writings compiled by Arthur Dee (1579–1651) in 1629 while resident in Moscow as chief physician to Czar Mikhail Romanov, founder of the Romanov dynasty (1613–1917).
Fasiculus Chemicus was revised by Dee sometime between 1631 and 1633 and translated from Latin into English by Elias Ashmole in 1650 under the anagrammatic pseudonym of "James Hasholle" (by substitution of the letter J for I). However, Dee was displeased with Ashmole's translation, and wrote to him:
Arthur Dee's principal sources in his alchemical anthology include Petrus Bonus, John Dastin, Gerhard Dorn, Raymund Lull, Michael Maier, Laurentius Ventura and Evavadus Vogelius.
Arthur Dee lists the stages of the alchemical opus in Fasciculus as ten in number-
1. Natural Matter 2. Preparation 3. Weight in preparation 4. The philosophers Fire, what? 5. The Rise or birth of the Stone 6.The Weights of 2nd Work 7. Imbibition 8. Fermentation 9. Projection 10. Multiplication
During the 1650s an easing of regulations on the licensing of