Theatrum Chemicum Britannicum

Documenting the Ouroboros Press TCB Project – **Under Construction**

About this Project

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Ouroboros Press is publishing a corrected edition of Theatrum Chemicum Britannicum. This site introduces the text and documents several aspects of the process of publication. The TCB is a significant cultural phenomena embracing many disciplines including, poetry, early science, philosophy, esotericism, literary criticism, Middle English studies, Medieval & Renaissance studies, art history, English history, history of the book, typographical studies, bookbinding, and antiquarian studies. We hope you find this information on bringing this important text into print as intriguing as we have.

Coordinated Effort

The Theatrum Chemicum Britannicum is the most ambitious publishing project we have worked on to date. The labor necessary to produce a book such as this is considerable. Not only did the 500 pages+ text have to be keyed into digital format [OCR proved too difficult given the original archaic typefaces employed] but the list of editorial and production responsibilities was also massive. The entire project required over a score of individuals and institutions. Countless hours were consumed with tasks related to the project. Among those tasks were, word processing, research, scanning of original materials, liaison activities with institutions and archives, inquiries to scholars and colleagues, editorial tasks, production and design meetings, typographical considerations, image preparations, proofreading, paper and binding decisions and budget considerations.

The impact that the production of a book such as this has reaches beyond the publishing studio at Ouroboros Press. We have worked with artists, designers, scholars, librarians, archivists, photographers, digital experts, binders, and even contemporary alchemists. By issuing this book we are not only continuing in our devotion to the cultural and literary legacies of the western esotericism and book arts, but also allowing others in those fields to ply their expertise as well. This means people in the humanities are kept working, it provides added value to institutional services and produces a fine made text considered a classic among the source works in the alchemical corpus and the field of western esotericism .

Pro Magnum Opus!

Ouroboros Press

William J. Kiesel,  Publishing Director


Editorial Team

William Kiesel – Joseph Uccello


Book Design

Joseph Uccello – William  Kiesel


Publishing Intern

Colette-Yasi Naraghi


Word Processing

Katrina Ellison – Ai Endo – William Kiesel

David Leech – Elizabeth Morgan – Karen Mosley

Colette-Yasi Naraghi – Timothy McCown Reynolds

Kevin Shipp – Joseph Uccello


Deluxe Bookbindings

Ars Obscura Bookbinding & Restoration



Carlos Melgoza


Latin Translation

Darius Klein



William Kiesel


Academic & Archival Institutions

Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica

Bodleian Library

British Library

European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism

Ashmolean Museum

University of Amsterdam

University of Oxford

University of Pennsylvania Libraries

University of Washington Libraries



Others integral to the production of this book specifically and generally include: Anonymous 13, Patricia Cram, Billy Davis, Fields Bookstore, Cheryl E. Fitzgerald, Robert Fitzgerald, Jose Luis Rodriquez Guerra, Eyvind Kang & Jessika Kenney, Ann Marie Kiesel, John Leary, The Loyd Family, Magus Bookstore, Alan Pritchard, Catamara Rosarium, Daniel Schulke, Trey Spruance, Weiser Antiquarian, Mark Wessel, Benjamin Vierling, John Zorn, and Uncle Phred.

Information on this site is for educational purposes related to the Theatrum Chemicum Britannicum publication project at Ouroboros Press. No part of the text may be reproduced in any form without written permission. Copyright © 2007 – 2011 William J. Kiesel & Ouroboros Press.

Original Manuscript Images reside in the British Library. The TCB scans were provided by the University of Pennsylvania Libraries.


Written by Ouroboros Press

May 12, 2011 at 1:06 am

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