Preface; Part I. Alchemy: 1. Alchemy; 2. Jacob Boehme and alchemy; 3. From alchemy to science; Part II. Science: 4. The metamorphosis of plants; 5. The theory of colours; 6. Anatomy, geology and meteorology; Part III. Life and Literature: 7. The Marchen; 8. Centre and circle; 9. Homunculus; 10. Male and female; 11. Conclusion; References; Books and articles consulted; Index.
This 1952 study analyses Goethe's writings in the light of his youthful readings in alchemy.