We are starting to accumulate these!
Naunton, Sir Robert
Raleigh, Sir Walter
The Discovery of Guiana
The full text and translation of "The Book of Quintessence"
a mid-15th century alchemical text. Bryan has a warning/disclaimer
against "dabbling around in chemistry" without training
in safe handling practices and hazardous substances, in which
this text abounds! As he points out that, like many would-be alchemists,
you, too, could wind up "hurt, crazy, or dead" from
actually performing any of the operations described -- not because
they're demonic, but because mercury et al rots the brain. T3
"Fine Literature Digitally Republished. Since 1971 putting
classic books into electronic form." You can download many
texts of the time for free, each as a single big text file. Burn
your own reference CD-R.
Halsall is collecting texts in translation, and also providing
links to other sites like Berkeley, so as not to duplicate effort.
This huge initial page links internally and externally to a list
of period works, from the late Byzantine-early Christian age to
the early Renaissance. Wonderful source, attractive without glitz,
many matrices of approach (eg, by a topic like women's roles or
by a period). This gets bigger and better all the time.