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John Dastin

John Dastin [1] was an English alchemist of the fourteenth century. He is known for correspondence with Pope John XXII, in defence of alchemical practice, dated to 1320.

Work attributed to Dastin was included in the 1625 Harmoniae imperscrutabilis Chymico-Philosophicae of Hermannus Condeesyanus,[2] the 1629 Fasciculus Chemicus of Arthur Dee, and the 1652 Theatrum Chemicum Britannicum of Elias Ashmole. The Rosarius philosophorum is earlier known in manuscript.[3]; it was printed 1702 by J. J. Manget in his Bibliotheca Chemica Curiosa.


  • Entry in Concise Dictionary of National Biography


  1. ^ Also Dastine, Dastyn, Daustin, Johannes Dastinus. Also given in the forms Joannes Dacius, and (according to Lynn Thorndike) Johannes de Vasconia.
  2. ^ The Visio super artem Alchemicam.
  3. ^ For example from 1525,[1]; other 16th century sources, [2]. It is also known as the Desiderabile Desiderium, from the opening words.

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