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The arcanum : the extraordinary true story

Author: Janet Gleeson
Publisher: New York, NY : Warner Books, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In the seventeenth century, the extravagant and greedy Augustus the Strong, King of Poland and Elector of Saxony, imprisoned the nineteen-year-old alchemist Johann Frederick Böttger and commanded him to discover the arcanum, the secret of making gold from base metal. Instead, Böttger stumbled upon the formula for making translucent porcelain, another precious commodity previously only available from China.
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Named Person: Johann Friedrich Böttger; Johann Gregor Höroldt; Johann Joachim Kändler; Johann Friedrich Böttger; Johann Gregor Höroldt; Johann Joachim Kändler; Johann Friedrich Böttger; JOHANN FREDERICK BOTTGER
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Janet Gleeson
ISBN: 0446524999 9780446524995 0446674842 9780446674843
OCLC Number: 123279100
Description: xii, 324 pages ; 20 cm
Contents: Part 1. Arcanist --
Chapter 1. Fugitive --
Chapter 2. Transmutation or Illusion --
Chapter 3. Royal Captor --
Chapter 4. China Mystery --
Chapter 5. Refuge in Despair --
Chapter 6. Threshold of Discovery --
Chapter 7. Flames of Chance --
Chapter 8. White Gold --
Chapter 9. Price of Freedom --
Part 2. Rivals --
Chapter 1. Shadows of Death --
Chapter 2. Porcelain Palace --
Chapter 3. Deception --
Chapter 4. Crossed Swords --
Chapter 5. Scandal and Rebirth --
Chapter 6. Fantasy Universe --
Part 3. Porcelain Wars --
Chapter 1. Last Journey --
Chapter 2. Porcelain Soldiers --
Chapter 3. Visions of Life --
Chapter 4. Final Defeat --
Chapter 5. Arcanum --
Postscript --
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In the seventeenth century, the extravagant and greedy Augustus the Strong, King of Poland and Elector of Saxony, imprisoned the nineteen-year-old alchemist Johann Frederick Böttger and commanded him to discover the arcanum, the secret of making gold from base metal. Instead, Böttger stumbled upon the formula for making translucent porcelain, another precious commodity previously only available from China.

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