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Author photo. From  "The Secret Tradition in Freemasonry" by  A.E. Waite (1911)

From "The Secret Tradition in Freemasonry" by A.E. Waite (1911)

Elias Ashmole (1617–1692)

Author of Theatrum Chemicum Brittannicum

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Antiquarian, collector, lawyer, and politician. Served as a commissioner to the army of Charles I during the Civil War. Student of astrology and alchemy, and founder member of the Royal Society. Founded the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, partly from his own collection and partly from that of John Tradescant.
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