THE FIFTH TREATISE
ON THE MANIFOLD OPERATIONS OF THE WHOLE WORK IN FOUR CHAPTERS
THE FIRST CHAPTER
DISSOLUTION is the FIRST Operation which has to take place in the Art of ALCHEMY, for the order of Nature requires that the CORPUS, BODY, OR MATTER, be changed into WATER which is the much spoken of MERCURY. The LIVING SILVER dissolves the adjoined pure SULPHUR.
This Dissolution is nothing but a killing of the moist with the dry, in fact a PUTREFACTION, and consequently turns the MATTER black.